"Young Fans"

(Episode #20)

OAD: February 25, 1952 - CBS Television Network

FILMED: Friday, January 18, 1952 - General Service Studios

PREMISE: One of the neighborhood teenagers, Peggy Dawson, has developed a crush on Ricky. Lucy has a heart-to-heart conversation with her, and learns that Peggy is also smitten with a boy her own age -- Arthur Morton -- who, sadly, does not know how to dance. Lucy volunteers to give Arthur dancing lessons -- and before she knows it, he has developed a crush on her. The Ricardos decide to discourage the youngsters by pretending to be even older than the really are!

GUEST CAST: Janet Waldo (Peggy Dawson); Richard Crenna (Arthur Morton)

MUSIC: "Babalu"


Janet Waldo (Peggy Dawson) wore a coat and oversized outfits in this episode -- to hide the fact that in real life (as the wife of playwright Robert E. Lee) she was pregnant!

Janet Waldo starred in radio's Corliss Archer and Richard Crenna played "Walter Denton" on radio's Our Miss Brooks.

Crenna returned to Desilu a couple of weeks later to film the pilot for the TV version of Brooks.

Even the script for this episode had its roots in radio: "Young Fans" was actually a rewrite of the very first episode of My Favorite Husband to be written by Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Pugh back in August of 1948.

Janet and Richard remained close friends over the years, and were neighbors in suburban Los Angeles. They were among the special guests appearing in our banquet show at the Loving Lucy 2001 Convention celebrating the 50th Anniversary of I Love Lucy. (See photo, right)

Richard passed away January 17, 2003.

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