Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, March 24, 2008

Dear Fellow Lucyfans:

Vivian at 24

I thought you might be interested in seeing "our Viv" at age 24... She is featured as a chorus girl in the production number "Eadie Was a Lady" in the 1933 film version of "Take a Chance."

The film is not mentioned in any of the Vivian biographies. She spent much of the early thirties singing in the chorus of various Broadway productions, including "Anything Goes!" and "Red, Hot and Blue!" both starring Ethel Merman. Merman had headlined the stage version of "Take a Chance" as well, but luckily was not cast in the film version, which turned out to be a major flop. No wonder Vivian never mentioned it!

Here's the number, as presented on the web site "You Tube." (You may have to be a registred member of the site to see this clip -- but registration is free.) Viv is the blond on the stairs. She is seen on camera at about 4:28 and again (singing) at 5:44:

Our thanks to longtime Lucyfan Breck Richardson for bringing this clip to our attention!

Have a good week everybody!

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