Still in Love with Lucy
by Thomas Watson
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Dear Fellow Lucyfans,
For Your DVD Collections:
MPI Home Video is moving right along on its release of Here's Lucy on DVD. Season One "premiered" in stores yesterday, August 25, and Season Two is scheduled to join it November 3. This, of course, was Lucille Ball's third series, and co-starred Gale Gordon, Lucie Arnaz, and Desi Arnaz Jr.
Among the many bonus features included on the sets are introductions (and trips down memory lane) by the Arnaz off-spring.
CBS/Paramount Home Video, meanwhile, is continuing its release of Desilu's classic crime series, The Untouchables. Part One of Season 3 (1961-62) was released to stores yesterday, and Part Two is set for November 10.
Robert Stack stars in the series as government agent Eliot Ness. Among the guest performers featured in Season Three/Part One are Peter Falk, Wendell Corey, Carroll O'Connor, Martin Balsam, Telly Savalas, Jack Klugman, Martin Landau, Cloris Leachman, Ruth Roman, Herschel Bernardi, Victor Buono, Dyan Cannon, Charles Bronson and Ed Asner.
Fans of "classic TV" will also want to check out "The Golden Age of Television," a new 3-disc DVD set being released by Criterion on November 24. Included here are kinescopes of some of the finest dramatic presentations of the 1950s: "Marty" (1953), "Patterns" (1955), "No Time for Sergeants" (1955), "A Wind from the South" (1955), "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (1956), "Bang the Drum Slowly" (1956), "The Comedian" (1957), and "Days of Wine and Roses" (1958).
The set also includes commentaries by John Frankenheimer, Delbert Mann, and Ralph Nelson.
Suzanne to Appear in One-Woman Show
Suzanne LaRusch and her one-woman show, "An Evening with Lucille Ball: Thank You for Asking," is now being booked in theatres around the country. While some of the theatres have asked that we not make an announcement as yet -- they want to announce the show on their web sites first! -- we can tell you that Suzanne will be appearing at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (in Tampa Bay, Florida), January 5th through the 17th.
Regularly priced tickets start at $38.50.
For complete information, visit the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center web site at:
Tampa Bay Performing Arts/Lucy
We'll have more information about Suzanne's show in the weeks ahead!
FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTERS
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:
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 www.therrazzroom.com
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