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I Love Lucy

Partly because I just got season five on DVD, so sort of have this show on the brain at the moment, and partly because it's on YouTube, so I can't not - have an episode of I Love Lucy. This is "Hollywood At Last", generally known to fans as "The One With Bill Holden". One of the most infamous episodes of the show ever made, it first aired on February 7th 1955, during the fourth season. It's not my favourite, probably because it does sideline Desi rather, but it's still pretty high up the list. A real icon of television history. Besides, who doesn't need a black and white fifties sitcom in their lives?!



I Love Lucy holds up very well today, and the writers did a heck of a job producing some thirty episodes a year, for six years, whilst still maintaining quality. A hugely influential trendsetter, you can see the conventions beginning here which were to be the prototypes of almost every sitcom that followed for the next forty or so years. I love this show. And look at those fifties fashions!

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emeraldarrows
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:33 am (UTC)
I love this show so much! My whole family went through all the seasons years ago and I still rewatch an episode now and then. I love William Holden, too, so that episode is one of my favorites. :D
swordznsorcery
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
Should have known you'd be a fan! Of this and Holden. I must say, I was very pleased to see him turn up on the show, especially given how well he fits in. He clearly had a real knack for comedy. He was famous for doing the drier, sharper stuff of course, but it looks like he could have done slapstick as well if he'd wanted.
emeraldarrows
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, he was great at comedy! Have you seen Miss Grant Takes Richmond? He and Lucille Ball actually co-star in that film and they're adorable and hilarious together.
swordznsorcery
Apr. 27th, 2014 10:52 pm (UTC)
I had to think about that, as I know it by another name, but yes. I try to catch his films whenever they're on TV, although that's sadly rare these days. My favourite is probably "Stalag 17", as I like that spikier style, but the romantic comedies are good too, in the right hands.
emeraldarrows
Apr. 28th, 2014 09:01 am (UTC)
Ah, okay. I didn't know it had another title. Same..I used to tape every one off TV and watch them on marathon on tough days. :) Oh, I LOVE Stalag 17! One of my favorite films ever. :D
swordznsorcery
Apr. 28th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
It's probably one of those cases where America and Britain had different titles. It happens sometimes, and nobody can ever really figure out why! I know it as "Innocence Is Bliss".

Yes, "Stalag 17" is terrific. Billy Wilder, of course. He's always good value.
emeraldarrows
Apr. 29th, 2014 09:04 am (UTC)
Ah, okay. I've always wondered why films are renamed in the opposite country (tv show titles, too, between Canada and the US). It just always confuses me since I never know what to call it. :P

Definitely. <3
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