"The Operetta"

(Episode #38)

OAD: October 13, 1952 - CBS Television Network

FILMED: Friday, May 23, 1952 - General Service Studios

PREMISE: The Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League wants to stage an operetta to celebrate the club's 25th anniversary. Unfortunately, club treasurer Lucy Ricardo has pilfered some of the club funds -- so she writes an original operetta for them to perform... Trouble develops, however, when she tries to pay for the costumes and scenery with a post-dated check.

GUEST CAST: Myra Marsh (club president)

MUSIC: "We're the Pleasant Peasant Girls;" "Lily of the Valley;" I Am the Good Prince Lancelot;" "Queen of the Gyosies;" "We Are the Troops of the King"


This was one of five episodes filmed in May, 1952, and held for broadcast the following season. It was the last to be directed by Marc Daniels -- who always regretted that the show had not been filmed in color.

Lucy loved doing these "shows within shows," and was particularly fond of dressing up in outlandish make-up and costuming. She adored how make-up artist Hal King made her up to play Camille, the snaggle-toothed Queen of the Gypsies -- and for the rest of her days, she sent out "head shots" of herself from this show.

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