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.
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appeared briefly as a background dancer in the "Our Ship Is Coming In" number with Desi Arnaz
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. 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 Astaire
s dancing partner on three acclaimed television specials. See more
[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.
The way I remember it, you had your hooks out for a man.
Well, let's just say we were looking for some cultured men.
[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...
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