"The Handcuffs"

(Episode #37)

OAD: October 6, 1952 - CBS Television Network

FILMED: Friday, May 16, 1952 - General Service Studios

PREMISE: Lucy gets herself -- and husband Ricky -- into "another fine mess" when she accidentally gets them locked into a pair of Civil War handcuffs -- and no one has the key! Complicating matters, Ricky is scheduled to appear on a big TV show -- so Lucy goes along. Standing behind a curtain, she substitutes her right hand for his!

GUEST CAST: Will Wright (Mr. Walters, the locksmith); Veola Vonn (Emcee); Paul Dubov (Jerry, the agent)


This was one of five episodes filmed in May, 1952, and held for broadcast the following season.

Some of the wrap-around footage for the 1953 "I Love Lucy" feature film was shot the same evening as this show. For more information on this project, read: "I Love Lucy" Movie Found.

Lucy -- and her writers -- liked the idea of Lucy's hand substituting for someone else's so much that they repeated the ploy in an early episode of The Lucy Show and in the famous Elizabeth Taylor - Richard Burton episode of Here/s Lucy.

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