Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, May 21, 2007 - REVISED/UPDATED

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

Wedding Bells

Our warmest hugs and congratulations go out to Laura Johansen (who moderates the Lucie Arnaz web site) and Jimmy Garrett (of The Lucy Show fame), who are getting married in Brisbane, Australia, this coming Saturday.

Among those attending the ceremony are Wanda Clark and Frank Gorey, both longtime employees of Lucille Ball -- and longtime friends of the bride and groom.

Laura and Jimmy plan to make their home in Southern California.

Remembering Bud Molin

We were saddened to hear of the death yesterday (May 20) of film editor Bud Molin, who assisted Dann Cahn with I Love Lucy and went on to edit many other famous television programs and motion pictures. Bud passed away in Rancho Mirage, CA, after a long illness. He was 82.

Joining Desilu in 1951 -- as I Love Lucy was starting production -- Molin assisted film editor Dann Cahn during the first season of the Arnaz series, then took over as editor when Dann was asked to run the studio's entire Post Production department. He stayed with the show throughout its run, and also worked on such Desilu-based projects as The Loretta Young Show, Official Detective, The Westinghouse Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and Desilu Playhouse. He also worked on "The Fountain of Youth," the famous Desilu pilot produced in 1956 by Orson Welles.

In 1961, Molin joined The Dick Van Dyke Show, produced by Carl Reiner -- who, like Cahn, became a life-long good friend. Molin later edited episodes of I Spy (produced by Reiner's longtime associate, Sheldon Leonard), The New Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Texas Wheelers. He also served as Post Production Executive on the TV series Barney Miller.

Bud -- "editor of choice" for Reiner -- worked with his good friend on such motion pictures as "Oh, God!" (1977), "The One and Only" (1978), "The Jerk" (1979), "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" (1982), "All of Me" (1984), "Summer Rental" (1985), "Summer School" (1987), "Sibling Rivalry" (1990), and (Molin's last assignment) "Fatal Instinct" (1993). Bud also edited such features as "How Sweet it Is!" (1968), "Viva Max!" (1969), "They Call Me MISTER Tibbs" (1970), "Where's Pappa?" (1970), and "The Man with One Red Shoe" (1985).

Among Bud's survivors is wife Nita.

John Wayne's Tribute to America

Hollywood legend John Wayne would be turning 100 on Saturday -- and the centennial will be marked by the release of a number of Wayne movies on DVD, many of them arriving in stores beginning tomorrow...

One of Duke's television specials, "Sing Out Sweet Land," an all-star tribute to America, will be released in a few weeks -- on July 31, 2007. Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Bing Crosby, Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, Michael Landon, Ann-Margret, Dean Martin, Red Skelton and the Smothers Brothers are just a few of the many big stars that appear.

The show was originally televised back in 1970, and runs -- without commercials -- for approximately 80 minutes. For the DVD release the program has been retitled "John Wayne's Tribute to America." It's being released by MPI Home Video and is priced at $19.98.


Dann "Returns" to Havana

For the past few years, Dann Cahn, the original film editor on I Love Lucy -- and later a director of various films and television programs -- has been writing his memoirs... No, he has not put them in a book. Rather, he's been writing articles for trade journals and magazines -- and making them available to the public as self-published booklets.

In celebration of the approaching 50th anniversary of "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana," the first of the "Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show" specials, Dann has dusted off "The Cuban Caper," an article he wrote a couple of years ago -- and is making it available again with a new 50th Anniversary color cover. In the article, Dann tells of his adventures directing location shooting for the special down in Havana... Included are photos and informal snapshots from Dann's personal collection.

Dann will be selling copies of the booklet at the Lucy-Desi Festival in Jamestown, NY, over Memorial Day -- but also wants to make them available to readers of this web site. The spiral-bound booklets are priced at $12 each (including postage and handling), and can be purchased from Dann directly.

Send check or money order to:

Mr. Dann Cahn
The Cuban Caper
PO Box 49824
Los Angeles, CA 90049

If you want the booklet(s) inscribed, please enclose a note indicating to whom he should sign the inscription(s).

Jamestown Unveils Plans for May Festival

Ric Wyman, Executive Director of the Lucy-Desi Center in Jamestown, New York, has announced plans for this year's "Lucy-Desi Days" celebration, to be held May 25-27 (Memorial Day Weekend).

Among the celebrities scheduled to appear are Lucie Arnaz (appearing in two events), Vivian Vance's sister Lou Ann Graham (also appearing in two events), Lucille Ball's sister Cleo Smith, former child-actors David Stollery and Sammy Ogg (who played the Hudson Twins in the "Amateur Hour" segment of I Love Lucy, and film editor Dann Cahn.

Lucie is scheduled to host another of the "Legends of Laughter" seminars, in which a panel -- and the audience -- discuss the importance of laughter in our lives. A similar seminar held last month in Boulder City, Nevada, was a sell-out, and this next one in Jamestown is expected to be as well. Lucie will also headline "Lucie Arnaz in Concert: A Daughter's Ttribute," a special musical evening in which she salutes her father.

Ms. Graham will join me in celebrating her famous sister, Vivian Vance, in a Saturday morning presentation that combines film clips, rare family photos, and fond remembrances of the lady that made Ethel Mertz the world's favorite landlady. Ms. Graham will also be special guest on a Treasure Chest Boat Cruise.

David Stollery and Sammy Ogg will be this year's "Lucy Legend" guests, and share memories of appearing with Lucy and Desi. Dann Cahn will host a special screening of "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana," and likewise share memories of how that very special 75-minute Lucy-Desi show got made some 50 years ago -- in May/June, 1957.

For complete information about the "Lucy-Desi Days" Festival -- including how to order tickets -- visit the Lucy-Desi Center web site at:

"Trailer" and "Darling" Soundtracks Released

The music soundtracks of Lucy and Desi's two MGM comedies -- "The Long, Long Trailer" (1954) and "Forever, Darling" (1956) -- have been released on CD by Lukas Kendall and Film Score Monthly.

The highlight, of course, is hearing the Arnazes sing "Breezin' Along with the Breeze" from "Trailer.

The CD is priced at $19.95.

For additional information, visit the Film Score web site at:

Have a great week everybody!


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