Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, June 28, 2004

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

With many people scurrying to take July 4th holidays, there seems to be very little "newsy news" to share... I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of our recent "Lucy mail."

More Lucy in the Classroom

After reading our recent story about how one teacher has used "Lucy" in their class projects, another -- longtime fan Lisa Ortega -- wrote to say how she, too, has incorporated our favorite Redhead into her lesson plans. She writes:

I have been teaching Kindergarten for 14 years. My class is bililngual, which really means that when the students come to me, most speak only Spanish. By the end of the year, most of them are speaking pretty good English as well.

Each year I cover my themes using various fairytales. We usually read "Little Red Riding Hood" in the Spring. For science we study wolves, for social studies we work on a personal safety unit and talk about stranger-danger, we incorporate drama, art, math and reading as well.

As the grand finale to our 'Little Red Riding Hood" unit, I show my students the episode "Ricky Minds the Baby." My kids love seeing "Ricky" tell the story of "Caperucita Roja" as only he can tell it. The English and Spanish mixed together along with his hilarious facial expressions sends them into the giggles. They love that Caperucita Roja is taking "frijoles, tortillas...." to her grandmama. Now that is something that they can relate to! Years later, when my students are in 6th grade and they come back to visit their Kindergarten teacher, they always remember watching "I Love Lucy" in our classroom. And so another generation of Lucy lovers is off and running!

Among the Missing...

Another longtime fan, Brock Weir -- who hosts a Gale Gordon web site! -- wrote to ask about a scene in Lucy's 1968 feature film, "Yours, Mine & Ours." He says:

I watched "Yours, Mine, and Ours" tonight and I watched the credits carefully and there must be at least one deleted scene in the movie. Every actor in the credits has at least one spoken line in the movie except for the youngest Beardsley and North. Now one person in the credits was Arthur Peterson who played the shell-shocked Major in "Soap" and he is the only actor listed without dialogue. Arthur plays the priest that married Frank and Helen....In my copy as Frank and Helen approach the altar the scene cuts directly to the rice-throwing outside. Now the wedding scene must have been longer before the final cut of the movie because Arthur is, again, the only person in the credits to not have dialogue. Or maybe there was a deleted christening scene for the 19th child? Have you ever read the screenplay for the movie or do you know of what was taken out of the final cut?

Here's my input: first of all, not every actor in the credits HAS to have a line. As Brock mentions, the youngest children are listed, but they hardly gurgle... That said, Brock is also correct in his guess that in the original shooting script, the Priest character was supposed to have one line, as Helen and Frank kneel at the wedding altar. Here's a scan of the script page:

That last speech was, indeed, cut...

Lucy: She's Everywhere!

Last but not least, eagle-eyed artist Rick Carl sent us a photo he snapped this morning in front of a church in Burbank, California... Neither of us can figure out the prison reference -- but its interesting to see that "I Love Lucy" is used in all parts of our culture.

Thanks to Lisa, Brock, Rick and everyone who has written recently... Have a great week everybody!


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