Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, October 8, 2007

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

"The Facts of Life" on DVD

Soon to be joining the ever-growing list of Lucille Ball movies to be available on DVD will be "The Facts of Life," one of the four comedies that Lucy made with Bob Hope. (The other three -- "Sorrowful Jones," "Fancy Pants," and "Critic's Choice" have already been released on DVD.) "The Facts of Life" is one of seven titles to be included in "The Bob Hope MGM Movie Collection" due in stores December 4.

"Facts" co-stars Ruth Hussey and Don DeFore, and was filmed in the late spring and early summer of 1960, just after the completion of the Lucy-Desi "hour shows" for CBS.

Also included in the new DVD set will be "Alias Jesse James," "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number," "I'll Take Sweden," "The Princess and the Pirate," "The Road to Hong Kong," and "They've Got Me Covered."


Lucy Jewelry in Christie Auction

Included in the Magnificent Jewels auction being held next month by Christie's auction house will be ten lots of jewelry that once belonged to Lucille Ball.

A portion of the sales will benefit the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown, New York.

Among the Lucy items in the auction will be a tigerís eye and gold wristwatch, an onyx, emerald and diamond pendant necklace, a 46.92 carats cabochon star sapphire and diamond ring, a diamond and gold evening bag that Lucy used on her White House visit in 1986, a Cartier diamond and gold "tonneau" wristwatch, and a sodalite, diamond and gold pendant necklace by Van Cleef and Arpels.

The auction will be held October 16 at Christie's galleries in New York's Rockefeller Center. Images and descriptions of the lots offered in the sale are presented in Christie's "Magnificent Jewels" catalog, which is available on-line at A link to the on-line catalog us also available at the Lucy-Desi Center's home page. A free public exhibition of the sale will take place at Christie's galleries October 11-15.

Friends of Old-Time Radio

The 2007 convention of the Friends of Old-Time Radio will be held in Newark, New Jersey, on October 18-21. Lucie Arnaz will appear in Gregg Oppenheimer's special production of "Harry Lime" on Friday evening, October 19.

Also appearing at the convention will be such celebs as Shirley Mitchell, Chuck McCann, Gil Stratton Jr., Joe Franklin, and Will Hutchins.

For a complete rundown on the guest celebrities and the entire weekend of events, visit the Friends of Old-Time Radio web site at:

New "I Love Lucy" Complete Series - DVD Update

CBS/Paramount Home Video has released "back of the box" artwork for the upcoming Complete Series edition of its popular "I Love Lucy" DVDs due in stores October 23rd.

According to the information included on the artwork, the new set will include the long "lost" 1953 "I Love Lucy Movie," a newly colorized rendition of the "Lucy Goes to Scotland" episode, footage of the "Lucy" gang picking up Emmys at the 1954 awards banquet, and highlights of Lucy and Desi's very first TV appearance (on CBS' Ed Wynn show):

The package will also include the original "I Love Lucy" pilot and all 35 episodes from season #1 (1951-52), now digitally restored. Discs from Seasons 2-9 (including the Lucy-Desi comedy hours) will be exactly the same as those currently being sold -- except they are all available here in a single collection.

As we showed you a few weeks ago, this is the front of the new Lucy "mega-set:"

They're Playing Her Song

Lucie Arnaz, Robert Klein, and conductor Marvin Hamlish will bring their "30th Anniversary" concert version of "They're Playing Our Song" to the San Diego Symphony for two nights, November 9th and 10th. Performances are at 8PM.

The two performers vocally recreate the songs from the Broadway show, and share stories about their award-winning work together back in the late 1970s.

For information about the performances, visit the San Diego Symphony web site at:

Janet Waldo Joins Recreation of "Benny" Broadcast

Actress Janet Waldo -- who played Peggy Dawson in the famous "Young Fans" episode of "I Love Lucy" -- has joined the cast of Gregg Oppenheimer's upcoming recreation of "The Jack Benny Program."

As mentioned here previously, this special one-day-only 75th Anniversary recreation of the Benny show will be part of a special luncheon sponsored by SPERDVAC -- the Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy. It will be held at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, California, starting at 12 Noon. Tickets for the show (including lunch) are $25.

"The Jack Benny Program" will star impressionist Eddie Carroll starring as the Milwaukee Penny-pincher. Comedian-impressionist Chuck McCann will appear as Don Wilson, with three original Benny cast members -- Beverly Washburn, Stuffy Singer, and Shirley Mitchell -- being featured in the cast. Also appearing will be Dena Dietrich, Tommy Cook, Gloria McMillan, John Stephenson, and Don King.

We will have more information about special event in the next few weeks, and you can also visit the SPERDVAC web site for updates:

Have a great week everybody!

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