Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Monday, October 20, 2003

Dear Fellow Lucy Fans,

Many thanks to all those who answered last week's "call" for volunteers to appear in a new infomercial for I Love Lucy DVDs. I understand the interviews (conducted this past Saturday in Santa Monica, CA) went very well. The producers were quite suprised to find that Lucyfans came in all age groups -- they assumed we are all in the "over 50" demographic!

Among the We Love Lucy members interviewed were Michael Stern, Larry Pane and Ric Wyman, director of the Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown, NY, who flew out to Los Angeles for the weekend. The infomercial will be 30-minutes in length, and will begin airing during 1st Quarter, 2004. We will keep you posted as we learn more...

Speaking of the I Love Lucy DVDs, I recently received the following e-mail from a fan:

When I searched Google for "colorized I Love Lucy episode", I found a listing called "I Love Lucy: The DVD Collector's Edition cheats, codes, hints, ", so I clicked on it. It said that when you press number 1, then alternate to title 5, it reveals a colorized "I Love Lucy" episode on the I love Lucy Columbia House Collector's Edition dvd (with the episodes "Cuban Pals", "The Freezer", "Lucy does a T.V. Commercial", and "The Publicity Agent"). Is this true? I tried my dvd, the Paramount version (because I thought the Paramount and Columbia House dvds had the same things on them), but it didn't work.

I am not sure where this other web site got its information, but the disc in question definitely does NOT contain a colorized episode of I Love Lucy. No such program exists. None of the I Love Lucy programs were filmed in color, and the only two to be "colorized" later were "L.A. at Last" (the William Holden episode) and the 1956 Christmas special. This fan is correct when assumes the Paramount and Columbia House editions are identical when it comes to actual Lucy content. The one element that the Columbia House discs have that the Paramount discs do not -- and this may be what that web site is referring to -- is the semi-colorized montage of Ricky singing the "I Love Lucy" theme, set to various film clips. (This was used for years on the original Columbia House VHS tapes.)

Mattel's "Burning Nose" Doll Red Hot!

Mattel's newest I Love Lucy doll -- inspired by the "L.A. at Last" episode, in which Lucy sets fire to her artificial nose -- is not only a best seller -- the factory is virtually "sold out." Does this mean you cannot still buy them? No, I am sure there are still dealers who have the dolls in stock. What it means is that once those dolls are sold, there are no more... So if you want one, now is the time to get it. Don't wait for Santa to bring you one -- they will probably be long gone by Christmas!

"Mame" CDs Now Shipping

If you were among the many fans who ordered the new CD version of the "Mame" soundtrack, you may be wondering why it has not arrived... The discs were delayed a couple of weeks in production, but Rhino Handmade assures us that the discs are due to be shipped TODAY, October 20. If you have not yet ordered yours, visit the Rhino web site at:

New Jane Kean Autobiography

Actress Jane Kean, best known to TV fans as Trixie Norton in the latter-day episodes of The Honeymooners, has written her autobiography, appropriately titled, "A Funny Thing Happened To Me On the Way to 'The Honeymooners' -- I Had a Life." Lucy was among Kean's many show business friends, and, while we have not yet seen the book, we understand Kean mentions the redhead in the book.

"A Funny Thing Happened..." is published by Bear Manor Media, and is available on their web site at:

Have a great week, everybody!


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