Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dear Fellow Lucyfans,

Happy Birthday, Viv!

Our thanks to longtime Lucyfan -- and celebrated artist! -- Dave Woodman for sending a couple of photos he snapped at the August 8 "Happy Birthday, Viv" celebration in Albuquerque, NM. Dave motored over from Palm Springs for the event!

The first is of Viv's sister, Lou Ann Graham, and yours truly. We did a presentation that was part of the first annual Albuquerque Film Festival. CBS okayed our use of "Ethel's Home Town" (from I Love Lucy) and "Lucy and Her Electric Mattress" (from The Lucy Show). We also presented clips from some of Vivian's other TV appearances, and then had a short Q&A session:

Dave's second pic is a compilation of things, including a shots of Viv's brother Robert (upper right and lower left) as he examined some of the Vivian memorabilia in the lobby of the Kimo Theatre. That's Dave with Lou Ann in the picture, lower right. Dave's artwork of Viv is in the lower center:

Thanks, Dave!

Special Summer Clearance Sale: Dann Cahn Memoirs

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Dann Cahn, the original film editor on I Love Lucy -- and later a director of various films and television programs -- has completed the fourth (and final) installment of his "Lucy" memoirs, "The Best of Times."

Dann sold copies at the recent "Lucy-Desi Days" festival in Jamestown, New York, and the "Lucy Birthday" celebration earlier this month, but also wants to make them available to readers of this web site.

In fact, for a limited time only, all four of his stories are available for $60 (which includes postage). Essentially, that's a "Buy 3, Get 1 Free" offer!

As our regular readers know, Dann has been writing his memoirs in the form of "articles" for the past several years. He started writing them in the early 1990s as stories for "Cinema Editor," the official publication of American Cinema Editors, Inc. (an honorary professional society). When Lucy fans discovered them, Dann revised and expanded the articles, and illustrated them with photos from his personal collection. Each has been published in a self-contained booklet.

The latest installment is called "The Best of Times," and chronicles Dann's experiences at Desilu (1951-1959), when the company went from being a "one show operation" to the busiest studio in Hollywood.

The earlier stories include: (1) "The Beginning," recounting the start of "I Love Lucy" -- and how Dann was hired to work on the series. (2) "The Cuban Caper," which tells how Dann was sent to Cuba by Desilu to film special footage for the first Lucy-Desi special, "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana." and (3) "Movies & Memories," which harkens back to the 1930s when Lucy -- and Danny -- were both starting out in Hollywood... and ends with them working together on "Forever, Darling" in the 1950s.

Again, for a limited time, the spiral-bound booklets are priced at $17 each ($15, plus $2 postage and handling), or ALL FOUR FOR $60 (including shipping). You can order them from Dann directly.

Send check or money order to:

Dann Cahn
I Loved Lucy & Desi, Too
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.


Lucie to Sing in San Francisco

Our East-Coast reporter, Skip Koenig, recently sent me a West-Coast update: Lucie Arnaz has been booked to sing at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco the week of December 8-13. The nightclub is located in the Hotel Nikko, at 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

For more information visit

A Summer of "Lucy" on DVD

A few weeks ago, we mentioned that CBS Home Entertainment will be releasing Season One of THE LUCY SHOW on DVD July 21.

I'm happy to report that the "advance sales" of the set on websites like are going very well. Many thanks to those who have already ordered their set(s) -- if sales continue to be good, CBS will almost certainly authorize Season Two...

Also appearing this summer -- this time from MPI Home Video -- will be the first of the Lucille Ball Specials, programs produced by Lucille Ball Productions between 1974 and 1980. Up first: "Lucy Gets Lucky" (featuring guest star Dean Martin) and "Three for Two" (with Jackie Gleason). The disc is scheduled for release June 30.

Coming August 25, also from MPI, is Season One of HERE'S LUCY. Included will be all 24 episodes from the 1968-69 season, plus newly-produced interviews and program intros and other bonus goodies...

All in all, a great summer for Lucy-on-DVD fans!

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