"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"





Notes:


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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