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Mr. and Mrs. (1964)

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Cast

Cast overview:
Lucille Ball ... Bonnie Blakely
Bob Hope ... Bill Blakley
Jack Weston ... Cash
Max Showalter ... Walter
John Dehner ... Mr. Henderson
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Mr. Henderson
Gale Gordon ... Mr. Harvey
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Sam
Sid Gould Sid Gould ... Sid
Danny Klega Danny Klega ... Russian Translator
John Banner ... Guard
Rudy Dolan Rudy Dolan ... German Border Guard
Sally Mills Sally Mills ... Flight Attendant
Stanley Farrar Stanley Farrar ... Board Member
Eddie Ryder Eddie Ryder ... Mike
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lucille Ball Comedy Hour See more »

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Desilu Studios See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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"Mr. and Mrs." is based on a full-length stage play of the same name by Sherwood Schwartz. It was boiled down to 30 minutes by Richard Powell (teleplay) with special material by Arthur Julian, who were both writers for Red Skelton during the 1950s. Sherwood Schwartz won his only prime time Emmy Award in 1961 as the head writer for "The Red Skelton Hour." Schwartz was the creative genius behind "The Brady Bunch" (1969-74) and "Gilligan's Island," which would start airing in the fall of 1964. "The Brady Bunch" was based in part on Lucille Ball's film "Yours, Mine and Ours" (1968). Ball declined to make the TV version, opting instead to do "Here's Lucy." At age 90, after his TV successes, Schwartz returned to writing for the theatre with "Rockers," a play set in a retirement home. See more »

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John Dehner (Mr. Henderson) says that name of his firm is "Henderson Beane Grisby and Smith" instead of what Lucy previously said, "Henderson Grisby Beane and Smith." When Bob Hope mentions the firm, he gets the names in the same order as Dehner, so likely Lucy is the one who jumbled the list. See more »

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Bonnie Blakely: Having a child happens to be an act of God.
Mr. Henderson: We cleared this with the sponsor.
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Lucy in one of Her First Color Appearances on Television!
15 December 2011 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

IMDb calls this program "Mr and Mrs" however it aired as THE LUCILLE BALL COMEDY HOUR; "Mr and Mrs" is a show within the show (an adaptation of a play written by Sherwood Schwartz of Gilligan's Island fame). This special was broadcast in color in early 1964, one of Lucy's first major appearances in color on television.

Lucy stars as herself in a fictional setting, Lucille Ball the star-studio President whom nasty banker-investor Mr. Harvey (Gale Gordon) is trying to force out of her position as production head for reasons not quite clear on the show. Lucy hopes to keep her position by signing Bob Hope to star with her in a new television special and Lucy and Gale traipse all over the world trying to track Hope down. Bob Hope is finally located and signed and the program then switches to the "special" Lucy planned to produce: MR AND MRS. a comedy about an acting couple who are America's favorite TV sweethearts but off-screen a bickering duo. This program seems at times seems an uncomfortable roman a clef about Lucy and her ex-husband Desi Arnaz as the lovebirds bicker, the "hubby" has an apparent wandering eye and most outrageously, it is suggested by the sponsors that the duo have a baby to improve the show's ratings!

There are some funny bits in the program, many of them going to supporting players like John Dehner and a cameo by John Banner as a big German fan of Lucy's. Lucy is absolutely gorgeous here at 52 in some very becoming Edith Head fashions and she gives a very good performance; Bob Hope considerably less so, his delivery and his disconnection with the other actors suggest he may be reading from cue cards. There's really almost nothing "special" about this program (certainly not the quite mediocre script) other than seeing two great comedy legends working together one more time. A gorgeous color print of the full program is a bonus feature on THE LUCY SHOW SEASON TWO DVD set.


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