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Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana 

Hedda Hopper visit the Ricardos' Connecticut home for an interview. They all answer questions of how Lucy first met Ricky after a cruise trip to Havana, Cuba, with Ann Sothern in 1940 with thanks to Rudy Vallee's assistance.


Jerry Thorpe


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Episode cast overview:
Lucille Ball ... Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz ... Ricky Ricardo
Ann Sothern ... Susie MacNamara
Cesar Romero ... Carlos Garcia
Rudy Vallee ... Himself
Hedda Hopper ... Herself
Vivian Vance ... Ethel Mertz
William Frawley ... Fred Mertz
Richard Keith Richard Keith ... Little Ricky Ricardo
Frank Nelson ... Cruise Director
Jorge Treviño Jorge Treviño ... Judge (as George Trevino)
Nestor Paiva ... Jailer
Joaquin Del Rio Joaquin Del Rio ... Drunk
Vicente Padula Vicente Padula ... Nightclub Owner (as Vincent Padula)
Louis Nicoletti Louis Nicoletti ... Waiter


When Hedda Hopper comes over for an interview, Lucy recalls a cruise she took to Havana in 1940 with her long time friend, Susie McNamara, [of "Private Secretary" & acted by Ann Sothern], meets an older couple named Fred and Ethel Mertz, singer Rudy Vallee, and a young Cuban drummer named Ricky Ricardo, portrayed by Desi Arnaz. Written by Attmay

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

6 November 1957 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Desilu Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barrie Chase appeared briefly as a background dancer in the "Our Ship Is Coming In" number with Desi Arnaz and Cesar Romero. When the show was repeated on the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour in July of 1962, CBS promoted Barrie as one of the Guest Stars because, by then, she had gained fame as Fred Astaires dancing partner on three acclaimed television specials. See more »


Lucy Ricardo: [telling the story of meeting Ricky on a cruise to Havana with her pal, Susie Macnamara] We saved our money to go on this ocean cruise. Y'see, Susie and I were looking for some... culture.
Fred Mertz: The way I remember it, you had your hooks out for a man.
Lucy Ricardo: Well, let's just say we were looking for some cultured men.
Susie MacNamara: [later, on shipboard, they seem to be getting nowhere] I have searched this boat stem to stern, top to bottom, fore and aft, and I haven't found one available man. I hate to tell you, Lucy: we're...
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Alternate Versions

Full 75-minute version played only once on television (November 6, 1957 - the original air date). Subsequent reruns were cut to fit a 60-minute time slot, and deleted the original opening and closing sequences featuring Hedda Hopper (these were replaced by a brief narration by Desi Arnaz). The episode was restored to original length for DVD releases.. See more »


References One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) See more »

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24 November 2018 | by dmataylor-43810See all my reviews

Lucy takes a cruise to Havanna is an interesting episode, it shows how Lucy and Ricky met. But, as a comedy, this episode fails. There are no funny scenes and the episode feels eternal as it is boring. Worth viewing one, but not more.

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