Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - Updated

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

Home Again... Home Again...

Just returned home from another wonderful weekend festival in Jamestown, New York... Lucie Arnaz and Lou Ann Graham (Vivian Vance's sister) "stole" the show, along with actors Sammy Ogg and David Stollery (who played the Hudson twins in an early episode of "I Love Lucy"). Such "Lucy" favorites as film editor Dann Cahn, family members Cleo Smith and Zo Ball, yoga expert Sebastian Gentry, and impressionists Diane Vincente and Rhonda Medina all kept us entertained as well.

Am sorry to report that in my dash to the airport on Thursday, I managed to leave home without a camera, so I have no photos to share... If anyone in attendance has some pictures they'd like for me to post, please send them along to me (at and I will include them in a future letter...

Suzanne LaRusch on ABC's New Summer Series Starting Tomorrow

Lucy impressionist Suzanne LaRusch is one of the participants in ABC's new summer reality series, "The Next Best Thing," which premieres tomorrow night (Wednesday, May 30) 8PM Eastern/Pacific Time.

The object of the show is to find the best celebrity impersonator -- so be sure to watch every week and root for the Lucy Lady from Los Angeles!

Lucie to Sing at Kennedy Center - May 31 to June 2

Lucie Arnaz will be performing later this week -- Thursday, May 31st through Saturday, June 2, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The show is called "They're Playing Our Song -- Again!" and reunites Lucie with Robert Klein and composer Marvin Hamlish in a concert version of the Broadway show that first electrified New York more than 25 years ago...

For more information about the show, read this article on the "" website:

The Great Kate: "Without Love" on DVD

Warner Bros. Home Video has released "Katharine Hepburn: The 100th Anniversary Collection," an album of DVDs that includes six of her motion pictures, including "Without Love," the 1945 flick in which Lucille Ball and Keenan Wynn were supporting players.

Also included in the package are "Morning Glory" (1933), for which she won her first Oscar; "Dragon Seed" (1944); "Undercurrent" (1946); "Sylvia Scarlett' (1936); and "The Corn is Green" (a TV film from 1979).

"Undercurrent" was a change-of-pace "thriller," co-starring Robert Mitchum and Robert Taylor; directed by Vincente Minnelli. "Sylvia Scarlett" was a rather controversial romantic comedy co-starring Cary Grant and directed by George Cukor -- with Hepburn playing a con artist who disguises herself as a boy, then tries to hide the fact she's falling in love with Grant!

Reminder: More Lucy Films on DVD June 19

And while we are on the subject of classic Hollywood films being released on DVD, I wanted to remind readers that on June 19, Warner Bros. Home Video will release a boxed set of discs called "The Lucille Ball Collection."

Included in this one are "Dance Girl Dance," "The Big Street," "DuBarry Was a Lady," "Critic's Choice," and "Mame."

(WBHV is also releasing "Best Foot Forward" on DVD for sale in video stores. It has been available for the past few months as an exclusive.)


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 sold copies of the booklet at the Lucy-Desi Festival in Jamestown, NY, over Memorial Day -- but also wants to make them available (at least for the next few weeks) 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).

Have a great week everybody!


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