CAROLE LOMBARD - My Favorite Actress

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Top Classic Stars for week of Jan 20th-26th, 2013

Carole enjoys her spot as the top classic star for the week

Big news here on All Good Things as my favorite actress Carole Lombard grabs the top ranking of the top classic stars for the week for her first time ever. My recent post about the upcoming Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney, in which she is one of four top seeds, yielded 60 views over that week period. Is this a good sign for her upcoming run in the tourney? I hope so. Deborah Kerr lands in second place with 37 views thanks to a post about my recent viewing of From Here To Eternity. It's Kerr's first appearance on the rankings this year. Rita Hayworth continues to make her presence known by placing third, and making her 4th straight week appearing here. My main man Cary Grant, who was number one last week falls to 4th place while Anne Francis debuts at number 5 with a post yielding 12 views. Those are the top five stars for  the week and be sure to check back next week for a new list.

1. CAROLE LOMBARD - 60 page views
2. DEBORAH KERR - 37 page views
3. RITA HAYWORTH - 24 page views
4. CARY GRANT - 21 page views
5. ANNE FRANCIS - 12 page views

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The 3rd Annual Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney Selections

March Madness, All Good Things style, returns with the 3rd annual Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tournament. 128 actresses will be competing to see who will hoist the banner of favorite classic movie actress for 2013. Previous winners Irene Dunne and Ginger Rogers are ineligible to compete due to their respective wins. So a new champion will be crowned. Will they come from the 30's era as Irene and Ginger have done? Or will they come from another era? Will Natalie Wood (60's) or Grace Kelly (50's) who have both made the final four the past two years finally break thru and win the coveted trophy. Time will tell as the fun begins Sunday March 3rd. Here are the list of all 128 actresses who will competing this year broken down by eras and top seeds highlighted in red.


Carole Lombard
Mary Pickford
Kay Francis
Lillian Gish
Gloria Swanson
Clara Bow
Louise Brooks
Dolores del Rio
Barbara Stanwyck
Miriam Hopkins
Marlene Dietrich
Joan Crawford
Norma Shearer
Claudette Colbert
Mary Astor
Glenda Farrell
Margaret Sullavan
Greta Garbo
Myrna Loy
Jean Arthur
Margaret Dumont
Una Merkel
Thelma Todd
Jean Harlow
Luise Rainer
Shirley Temple
Joan Blondell
Jeanette MacDonald
Ruby Keeler
Mae West
Eleanor Powell
Bebe Daniels
Ann Dvorak


Judy Garland



Grace Kelly
Lana Turner
Marilyn Monroe 
Audrey Hepburn
Eva Marie Saint
Jean Peters
Anne Francis
Deborah Kerr
Kim Novak
Judy Holiday
Pier Angeli
Jayne Mansfield
Janet Leigh
Joanne Woodward
Elizabeth Taylor
Shelley Winters
Anne Baxter
Susan Hayward
Jennifer Jones
Ava Gardner
Gloria Grahame
Doris Day
Jane Russell
Debbie Reynolds
Cyd Charisse
Dorothy Dandridge
Eleanor Parker
Dorothy Malone
Diana Dors
Mamie Van Doren
Sophia Loren


Natalie Wood
Julie Andrews 
Margaret Rutherford
Julie Christie 
Vanessa Redgrave
 Jean Simmons 
 Angela Lansbury
Maggie Smith 
 Diana Rigg
Catherine Deneuve
 Jeanne Moreau
 Liv Ullmann  
Lila Kedrova
Sophia Loren 
 Guilietta Masina
Romy Schneider 
Anna Karina
 Anne Bancroft 
Julie Harris
Patricia Neal 
Geraldine Page
Jane Fonda 
Tuesday Weld
 Faye Dunaway 
 Paula Prentiss
Rita Moreno
Shirley MacLaine 
 Shirley Jones
Barbara Streisand 
 Liza Minnelli
Diahann Carroll

Saturday, January 26, 2013

2013 Favorite Movie Actress Tournament Banners

Here are some banners I made for the upcoming tourney. I chose an actress representing each era, so there are four banners to choose from. Grab them and spread the word that the ladies are coming back for more excitement.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Morning Movie - FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)

Watching some of this classic film on TCM this morning before heading out to work. Top notch film with a super cast. It takes place at Pearl Harbor, a few weeks before the attack by the Japanese. Montgomery Clift who plays Private Prewitt, arrives at the base and immediately draws the ire of the commander, who wants him to be on the boxing team. Clift refuses and his life at the barracks becomes a living hell. A truly emotional and epic film with a cast that features Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, and Frank Sinatra. All give Oscar caliber performances especially Reed as a floozie who Clift falls for. And Sinatra is perfect as Private Maggio.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A List of Montie Winners so far...

To make things more convenient I have compiled all the Montie winners on to one list that readers can easily see who have won my version of the Oscars. I also linked this particular post to the Montie winners photo on the sidebar that will take you right to it. I will update this list as I continue to add more and more years. The list is broken down by years and categories with winners only being named:


Director: Tom Browning (FREAKS)
Actress: Greta Garbo (GRAND HOTEL)
Best Supporting Actress: Joan Crawford (GRAND HOTEL)
Best Supporting Actor: Allen Jenkins (I AM A FUGITIVE)


Director: Mervyn LeRoy (GOLD-DIGGERS OF 1933)
Actor: Claude Rains (THE INVISIBLE MAN)
Actress: Jean Harlow (BOMBSHELL)
No nods for supporting actors or actress for this year

Director: W.S. Van Dyke (THE THIN MAN)

Actor: William Powell (THE THIN MAN)
Actress: Myrna Loy (THE THIN MAN0

No nods for supporting actors or actresses this year

Director: James Whale (BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN)
Actor: Charles Laughton (MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY)
Actress: Miriam Hopkins (BECKY SHARP)
No nods for supporting actors or actresses this year

Director: William Wyler (THESE THREE)
Actor: Charles Chaplin (MODERN TIMES)

Actress: Carole Lombard (MY MAN GODFREY)
Supporting Actress: Gail Patrick (MY MAN GODFREY)
Supporting Actor: Eugene Pallette (MY MAN GODFREY)


Director: Gregory Lacava (STAGE DOOR)
Actor: Cary Grant (THE AWFUL TRUTH)/Robert Montgomery (NIGHT MUST FALL) - tie
Actress: Irene Dunne (THE AWFUL TRUTH)

Supporting Actress: Lucille Ball/Eve Arden (STAGE DOOR - tie)
Supporting Actor: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (THE PRISONER OF ZENDA)

Director: Michael Curtiz (THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD)
Actor: Errol Flynn (ROBIN HOOD)
Actress: Jean Arthur (YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU)
Supporting Actress: May Robson (BRINGING UP BABY)
Supporting Actor: Walter Catlett (BRINGING UP BABY)


Director: George Cukor (THE WOMEN)
Actor: Clark Gable (GONE WITH THE WIND)
Actress: Vivien Leigh (GONE WITH THE WIND)

Supporting Actress: Rosalind Russell/Joan Crawford (THE WOMEN - tie)
Supporting Actor: Frank Morgan (THE WIZARD OF OZ)

Director: Howard Hawks (HIS GIRL FRIDAY)
Actor: Cary Grant (HIS GIRL FRIDAY)
Actress: Rosalind Russell (HIS GIRL FRIDAY)

Supporting Actress: Judith Anderson (REBECCA)
Supporting Actor: George Sanders (REBECCA)

Director: George Stevens (PENNY SERENADE)
Actor: Cary Grant (PENNY SERENADE)
Actress: Bette Davis (THE LITTLE FOXES)

Supporting Actress: Olivia de Havilland (THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE)
Supporting Actor: Peter Lorre/Sydney Greenstreet (THE MALTESE FALCON - tie)

Director: William Wyler (MRS. MINIVER)
Actress: Greer Garson (MRS. MINIVER)
Supporting Actress: Teresa Wright (MRS. MINIVER)
Supporting Actor: Ronald Colman (THE TALK OF THE TOWN)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock (SHADOW OF A DOUBT)
Actor: Henry Fonda (THE OX-BOW INCIDENT)
Actress: Ann Sheridan (EDGE OF DARKNESS)
Supporting Actress: Anne Baxter (FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO)
Supporting Actor: Claude Rains (CASABLANCA)

Director: Frank Capra (ARSENIC AND OLD LACE)
Writer: Preston Sturges (THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK)
Actor: Humphrey Bogart (TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT)
Actress: Lauren Bacall (TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT)
Supporting Actress: Diana Lynn (THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK)
Supporting Actor: Edward G. Robinson (DOUBLE INDEMNITY)
Cinematography: THE UNINVITED


Director: Billy Wilder (THE LOST WEEKEND)
Writer: Charles Brackett/Billy Wilder (THE LOST WEEKEND)
Actor: Ray Milland (THE LOST WEEKEND)
Actress: Barbara Stanwyck-Christmas in Connecticut/Joan Bennet-Scarlet Strett (tie)

Supporting Actress: Eve Arden/Ann Blyth (MILDRED PIERCE - tie)
Supporting Actor: James Dunn (A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN)
Cinematography: LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN

Director: William Wyler (THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES)
Writer: Vladimir Pozner/Nunnally Johnson (THE DARK MIRROR)
Actor: Fredric March (THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES)

Actress: Olivia de Havilland (THE DARK MIRROR)
Supporting Actress: Teresa Wright (THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES)
Supporting Actor: Harold Russell (THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES)
Cinematography: THE YEARLING 

Director: Jacques Tourneur (OUT OF THE PAST)
Actor: Robert Mitchum (OUT OF THE PAST)
Actress: Gene Tierney (THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR)
Supporting Actress: Ava Gardner (THE HUCKSTERS)
Supporting Actor: Edmund Gwenn (MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET)
Cinematography: BLACK NARCISSUS
Film Score: Max Steiner (LIFE WITH FATHER)

Director: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (THE RED SHOES)
Writer: Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett (A FOREIGN AFFAIR)
Actor: Spencer Tracy (STATE OF THE UNION)
Actress: Olivia de Havilland (THE SNAKE PIT)
Supporting Actress: Barbara bel Geddes/Ellen Corby (I REMEMBER MAMA - tie)

Supporting Actor: Walter Huston (THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE)
Cinematography: THE RED SHOES
Film Score: Johnny Green/Roger Edens (EASTER PARADE)

If It's Tuesday, Then It Must Be Grace Kelly..a short story

Just a short little story about Grace on my weekly series dedicated to her. Now it takes awhile to get to Grace but bear with me. It was many years ago when I was in the army and stationed in Germany. I was age 22 and it was my first time away from home. My girlfriend back home, Amy had broken up with me over the phone after I was away from her all of 6 months. So it took me awhile to start going out trying to meet new girls. And I did meet a few girls, some Americans and some Germans. But according to my fellow soldier and co-worker, Lisa, I had a problem which she gladly told me about. It went something like this, not word for word, but pretty much like this:

Let me set the scene first...I was outside the office looking out at the traffic on the streets of Germany, melancholy about my latest relationship problems. Sgt. Lisa Baker comes out...

Lisa: Hawes? what are you doing out here?
Me: Nothing..just thinking..
Lisa: what now? 
Me: nothing..damn..just..Tanya hasn't called me in days
Lisa: who?
Me: Tanya..the girl I met a few weeks ago..went out a few times..
Lisa: damn know what your problem is?
Me: ummm..gee I didnt know I had a problem.
Lisa: well you do..wanna know what it is?
Me: yes..please tell me my problem Baker..
Lisa: You are too nice Hawes. You treat these girls you meet too special.
Me: What are you talking about?
Lisa: Every girl you meet, you treat them like Grace put them on a pedestal. And you just met them.
Me: I do don't know what you're talking about.
Lisa: really Hawes...the one girl you met when we all went out a few months ago..
Me: you mean Gabbi?
Lisa: whatever her name was? Did you not buy her flowers the next day? Did you not want to introduce her to the entire unit saying she was your destiny?
Me: ummm..not to that extent.
Lisa: or how about Kathy? She gave you one little kiss and you was ready to marry her right then and there...
Me: OK, ok, ok...maybe I am a little prone to fall in love kinda quick but I do not treat girls like Grace Kelly. There is only one Grace Kelly.
Lisa: Wake up Hawes! This is not the movies!
Me: I know..I know..

Then I don't remember much after that but thought it would be cool to share on this Grace Kelly day!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Top Classic Stars for week of Jan 13th-19th, 2013

Here are the rankings for my top classic stars for the week ending January 19th. My favorite actor of all time, Cary Grant lands in the top spot for the first time this year thanks to my birthday post about him on January 18th. Rita Hayworth moves up to the runner up spot with 49 hits of her summer pic. Elizabeth Taylor hangs in there at number three. My classic goddess of the month, Lucille Ball takes a drop from first to 4th place.Tuesday Weld re-enters the rankings after missing out last week in 5th place. And my favorite actress Carole Lombard moves up one spot to 6th. And Grace Kelly wraps things up with a 7th place finish. It was a pretty light week for me posting so I don't have ten stars to fill out the rankings. Hope to crank it up this week.

Cary waves from the top spot

RANK                    RANK                    CLASSIC STAR  (Weeks ranked)                   
(This week)        (last week)
1                              3                              CARY GRANT (3)                               
2                              4                              RITA HAYWORTH (3)                          
3                              2                              ELIZABETH TAYLOR (3)                                
4                              1                              LUCILLE BALL (3)                         
5                              -                              TUESDAY WELD (1)                                 
6                              7                             CAROLE LOMBARD (3)                                    
7                              6                             GRACE KELLY (3)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

March Madness (Classic Movie Actress style) returns soon

March Madness is almost upon us with the 3rd annual Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney returning for another year. Once again 128 actresses from four era's (30's, 40's, 50's and 60's) will compete to determine the favorite actress of 2013. Defending champion Ginger Rogers is ineligible to compete being a previous winner so it will be a lock that someone new will win that coveted title. Three friends will help me put on this massive event once again: John from Mythical Monkey, Desiree from Rosalind Russell and Kristen from Journeys in Classic Film. I will be handling the 30's era right here on All Good Things. The tourney starts Sunday March 3rd and here are the top 4 seeds. Look for upcoming posts detailing the entire field and match-ups.

30'S ERA Number 1 Seed


40'S ERA Number 1 Seed


50'S ERA Number 1 Seed


60'S ERA Number 1 Seed

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Be My Guest - Tina Cosio

My guest for this month is my Tina Cosio, a friend I met on FB through the love of classic movies and film groups on Facebook. Let's get started and there is no number one question for Tina as she does not currently write a blog.

2.)  Who are your favorite classic film stars: 

Tina: Gary Cooper, Joseph Cotten, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, Deborah Kerr, Marilyn Monroe, Jennifer Jones, Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Natalie Wood

Me: We share some of the same favorites in Newman, Kerr, Monroe, Gable, Davis and Wood.

3)What are some of your favorite films?

Tina:  Gone With The Wind, Dr. Zhivago, To Kill A Mockingbird, Rear Window, Casablanca, Now, Voyager, Song of Bernadette, The Searchers, Mrs. Miniver, Jezebel, Some Like It Hot, The Sundowners, Roman Holiday, Portrait of Jennie, Little Women

Me: Some big time classics there Rear Window, The Searchers, Some Like It Hot, To Kill a Mockingbird and Mrs. Miniver.

4) My first classic movie experience was when I was a child. Every Sunday, my mom would take my brother and I to the movies. We would see classic Mexican movies with stars like Maria Felix, Pedro Infante, Sylvia Pinal, Libertad LaMarque

Me: Awesome Tina!

5)What films upon first viewing did you not like, then later on when re-watching them, loved them? 

Tina: Casablanca, Roman Holiday

Me: I liked Casablanca the first time I saw it. Holiday not so much.

6) What's the perfect way to watch a classic film?

 Tina: The perfect way for me to watch a classic film is on TV with a bowl of popcorn.

Me: I second that

7)  How many friends, family member or co-workers share your love of classic films?

Tina: Michael, my son, likes classic movies especially Italian classics. 

Me: cool

8) Tina: My favorite time period is the 40's. 

Me: My favorite era is the 30's..but I love the 40's too.

9) Tina: My fav film quotes: The stuff that dreams are made of, Fasten your seatbelts it's gonna be a bumpy ride (All About Eve) Oh, Jerry, don;t let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.(Now, Voyager) You're not to smart are you? I like that in a man (Bodyheat) 

Me: Some great film quotes you picked there

10)What classic films have you yet to see for one reason or another?

 Not sure about this one Monty

11) Tina: Favorite genre: Musicals, Romance

Me: and romance..what a combination

12) If you threw a movie theme party, describe how you would do it. The costumes, decorations, food, etc.

Tina: If I were to throw a movie theme party I would have to pick The Great Gatsby. I would have the invitations hand delivered. My guests would be picked up in 1920's vintage cars. The party would be in Napa, CA. In a white outdoor tent with chandeliers. We would start with a reception with live entertainment before a sit down dinner. The waiters would be dressed in 1920's style clothing. The waitresses would be dressed as flappers. The menu would consist of comfort food. Nothing over the top just delicious. Followed by dessert. And lots of champagne of course!

Me: Count me in...

13) What are some films that are widely loved that you couldn't care less about?

Tina: Try as I might I do not care for silent films. Not any movie in particular all of them. 

Me: I've only seen a handful of silents but I would like to see some more.

14)  Who’s the biggest film fanatic that you know? Besides yourself of course.

Tina: cannot for the life of me think of one person who is a film fanatic. All my friends love movies!

Me: cool!

15) And finally who are some of your favorite film characters?

Tina: Scarlett O'Hara, Stella Dallas, Holly Golightly, Atticus Finch,

 Me: Can't go wrong with any of those characters.

Well that wraps up another guest for this month. I like to thank Tina for accepting my invite to come aboard and I think she did an awesome job.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Cary Grant (1904-1986)

Today marks Cary Grant's birthday. He is without a doubt my favorite actor of all time. And as I imagine, he is probably a lot of people's favorite actor. A perfect example of sophistication and charm. He was a master of screwball comedies, which is my favorite genre. He shines in such notable classics like Bringing Up Baby, The Awful Truth, Arsenic and Old Lace, His Girl Friday, My Favorite Wife and lots more. He also excelled in films for Hitchcock...To Catch A Thief, Notorious, Suspicion, and North By Northwest. He could do anything as he had excellent range. Drama, comedy, suspense, even military films like Destination Tokyo, and action yarns like Gunga Din. So looks like it will be a Cary Grant viewing weekend for me. Which suits me just fine. Happy Birthday Cary!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Facts and trivia about Lucille Ball

Here are some facts and trivia about my classic goddess of the month, provided by IMDB:

Red hair and blue eyes

Originally interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California, USA, Columbarium of Radiant Dawn, Court of Remembrance. In 2003, she was re-interred in the Ball family plot in Lake View Cemetery, Jamestown, New York.

Was the first woman to own her own film studio as the head of Desilu Productions.
Was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6436 Hollywood Boulevard; and for Television at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Died the morning of April 26, 1989, the fifty-sixth birthday of her friend Carol Burnett. That afternoon Burnett received the flowers that Ball had ordered for her birthday.
She was fired from working at an ice cream store because she kept forgetting to put bananas in banana splits.
TV Guide picked her as the greatest TV star of all time.
Was known for a while as Dianne Belmont back when she was a model.
Pictured on a 34¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 6 August 2001.
Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.

Her favorite movie she made was The Big Street (1942). Up to her dying day, she resented AMPAS for not recognizing her performance in the movie by including her for an Academy Award nomination.
Felt that she did not deserve the title of "Queen of Comedy" and felt that it belonged to her idol, Carole Lombard.
She was proud of her family and heritage. Her genealogy can be traced back to the earliest settlers in the colonies. One direct ancestor, William Sprague (1609-1675), left England on the ship "Lyon's Whelp" for Plymouth/Salem, Massachusetts. They were from Upwey, Dorsetshire, England. William, along with his 2 brothers, helped to found the city of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Other Sprague relatives became soldiers in the Revolutionary War and 2 of them became governors of the state of Rhode Island.
Her 1960 divorce from Desi Arnaz was quite amicable. They divided their $20 million television empire equally, each retaining 25% Desilu stock (282,800 shares), she got the homes in Beverly Hills and Rancho Mirage, and Desi got the beach house in Del Mar, California and his Horse Ranch in Corona, California. In addition, they agreed to joint custody of their children with him paying $450/month child support
Mother of Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Top Classic Stars for week of Jan 6th-12th

There some movers and shakers this past week on my top classic stars rankings. My classic goddess for the month Lucille Ball made the biggest move as she jumped from 9 to the top spot thanks to her most viewed post for the week at 63 hits. At the other end of the spectrum, last week's top star Natalie Wood fell all the way to spot number 10, due to lack of posting here on my blog. I did manage to post some pics of her on my Tumblr and FB page though. Liz Taylor moved up five spots thanks to 51 hits on her Unlucky Loves post. Cary Grant stayed in third place for the second week in a row. Newcomers to the list included Grace Kelly, a regular here on my blog, lands at number 5. Doris Day jumps in at number 6. Her frequent co-star Rock Hudson also made his debut here at number 8. And 60's British actress Shirley Anne Field (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Alfie) makes her first appearance on the list at number 9 due to frequent postings on my tumblr page.

Shirley Anne Field makes her debut on my top classic stars for the week chart
accompanied by Steve McQueen and Robert Wagner (on the set of The War Lover)

RANK                    RANK                    CLASSIC STAR  (Weeks ranked)                   
(This week)        (last week)
1                              9                              LUCILLE BALL (2)                               
2                              7                              ELIZABETH TAYLOR (2)                          
3                              3                              CARY GRANT (2)                                
4                              8                              RITA HAYWORTH (2)                         
5                              -                              GRACE KELLY (1)                                 
6                              -                              DORIS DAY (1)                                    
7                              2                              CAROLE LOMBARD (2)                     
8                              -                              ROCK HUDSON  (1)                            
9                              -                              SHIRLEY ANNE FIELD (1)                
10                           1                              NATALIE WOOD (2)            

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Greatest TV Comedies - I LOVE LUCY (1951-1957)

I have written about the greatest TV comedies of all time before on my blog and it makes for perfect timing as Lucille Ball is my TV goddess of the month. And without a doubt, her series, I Love Lucy is one, if not, greatest sitcom of all time. I know any number of fans can chime with their all time greatest but if you made a list of top 5 sitcoms of all time, I Love Lucy would probably be on 99.9% of those lists. 

Lucy in a typical Lucy situation

Lucille Ball created one of the most famous characters in TV history with the zany housewife Lucy Ricardo, who was married to Cuban bandleader Ricky (real life husband at the time Desi Arnaz). She would continually try to get into the biz herself through some kind of crazy shenanigans, usually involving her best bud, Ethel Mertz (played by good pal Vivian Vance). Ethel was married to Fred (played by William Frawley). The couples lived in the same apartment building which made for perfect comedic situations.

Fred, Ethel, Lucy and Ricky

The chemistry between the four leads was about as good as it gets. Ricky, usually losing his cool after finding out about Lucy's latest scheme...and the madder he got, the less English he would speak. And Lucy herself was perfect..playing off everyone with great timing. She wasn't called the First Lady of Television for nothing.

The Ricardos

The series produced 179 episodes over the course of six years to huge success and several Emmy wins. Everyone has their favorite episodes but once you start talking about them, a smile comes across your face and the memories come flooding back. Everyone remembers Lucy and Ethel working at the chocolate factory or Lucy get hammered on Vitameatavegamin, as she pitches the medicine for an advertisement. There are so many classic episodes to choose from that you can't go wrong with any of them.

Classic Lucy expression

Facts and trivia:

The original choices to play Fred and Ethel were Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet, the co-stars of Lucille Ball's radio show, My Favorite Husband.

William Frawley and Vivian Vance actually hated each other in real life. In the show, displays of affection were forced.

Voted #2 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Show of all time.

Desi Arnaz invented the rerun during the pregnancy episodes of this series by re-airing some episodes from the first season to give Lucy some rest.

Lucy and Vivian each won an Emmy for their performances during the series 6 year run. The fellas did not. The show itself notched 2 Emmys for Best Situation Comedy in 1953 and 1954.

Follow-up series: which both had lengthy runs as well...

The Lucy Show (1962-1968, 156 episodes)

Here's Lucy (1968-1974, 144 episodes)


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