I made an I Love Lucy video showing behind the scenes information as to what happened in the Charles Boyer episode! And let me tell you, a lot happened! What do you guys and gals think of the episode? Do you think the issues were resolved well?
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Why do I watch these videos on your channel and like them so much you ask? Because I learn a lot!! Another great video you have made Rick! This is one of my favorite episodes. I think they did good resolving the issues. Thanks for helping us learn more about I Love Lucy. You stay positive and always be hopeful. Even though we don’t know each other, I feel like we could be good friends. You are a nice guy and thank you for your Lucy videos. I really do mean that.
Wait you said Desi only supplied wardrobe if it will be used as a prop ... I would say it was used as a prop in the episode. It's very unreasonable to expect someone to ruin their own clothes for the show.
Something that you, at a much younger generation might not be fully aware--with Charles Boyer, is that for most of his career he WAS the Leading Man, the Matinee Lover-Idol. And, in some bio's that I've read--was a naturally fastidious man, who dressed each morning of his life, as if 'hounds of photographers' would be waiting out side his door. At the time of this episode, it seems that Mr. Boyer was starting to go through a 'Mid-life, Mid-career' crisis as he very reluctantly realized that his 'matinee idol' days were over and that Hollywood was not ever again going to call him to star in a film as a romantic leading man. He was a consummate Actor, but one--who albeit like Norma Desmond, found it difficult to realize that the public's taste had moved on to other interests.
It's true.Boyer cushions the bang on the door with his hand. I also wonder what Keith Thibodeaux meant this march 2018 on a radio show when he said that the <<hour-long>> show (towards the last months of the series) with Charles Boyer was the best thrill for him since he could jam away on his drums.Were there two shows featuring Boyer then??? This one and another one toward the last moments of the series late 50s? ON Thibodeaux's Facebook page, he talks about it on the radio interview.. I wonder..Interesting your channel. Bonne journée du Canada cher ami!
I wonder if Keith Thibodeaux mistook Maurice Chevalier for Charles Boyer (they were both French actors). Maurice Chevalier appeared in the Comedy Hour episode "Lucy Goes To Mexico". The Charles Boyer episode is from Season 5, Keith Thibodeaux joined ILL in Season 6.
This is among your best, Rick. I don't think most of your viewers knew about all this behind-the scenes trivia.
Charles Boyer was known for his suave, debonair style in romantic or dramatic roles, so to see him, at the end, involved in some slapstick comedy made the episode that much funnier. He carried it off quite well, seeing that he was inexperienced in lowbrow comedy. I never noticed he faked running into the door at the end.
As for the clothing controversy, extras were and still are expected to wear their own clothes for the parts they're doing, except if it's a period piece. The four stars of "I Love Lucy" and the recurring regular actors could all take the cost of their clothes they used on the show off their income tax, so don't feel so bad for them. The special guest stars as well.
I'm surprised, though, that in the case of Boyer staining his shirt they wouldn't have provided fresh shirts. Cheap shirts would do and the cost minimal. That seems being too cheap, to me!
The "Bert Wheeler Magic Shop" you refer to is still on Hollywood Blvd. Although, Bert died tragically in a plane crash in 1946 at the young age of 37. Bert's sister sold the shop in 1947 and it continued to operate. It's moved to inside a toy story now, but the sign "Magic Shop Inside" is outside. For those who might visit the area sometime and want to check it out, it's on the southside of Hollywood Blvd just where Hudson dead ends into Hollywood.
I agree. the whole scene turned out great. The timing of the hit to the head was perfecty done. I had no idea about the pen or the rain coat. Fascinating tidbits. It does seem like a lot to ask guest stars to wear their own clothes, but maybe that was common practice in those early days of television. Great job. Thanks Rick.
ILL was shown at 9:00-9:30am(2 episodes) on syndicate for many years here in So Calif. Fond memories watching on sick days from school while eating breakfast. And my grandparents watched while having their coffee on rainy days.
Jeez crushed hat , torn coat, stained shirt and the door hitting him. what else could have happened to Boyer before he got out of there? lol . Not totally surprising about the wardrobe. Good money saving practice
True all of that, Rick. But, I think it helps to look at your reply in the context of the "early days of TV," when norms and expectations were yet to be set, industry-wide.
No doubt about the need for money-saving, etc, and certainly specialty "costumes" were provided by the studios, but I wonder, as decades passed, and agents intervened, that actors' expectations started to include ALL of their wardrobe to be supplied by the studios. Rick, I'm betting you (as have I) been in a studio's wardrobe warehouses to see all the suits, dresses, and other clothes actors can wear.
In the "ILL" days, I can't imagine TV studios had had the time (or resources) to accumulate a massive collection. Remember, the movie studios had a several-decade head start on TV studios in hoarding wardrobe options!
I love your vids, especially the "running gag" ones (Ethel's nervous, star-worshiping meeting celebs, Fred's fainting, Fred's "music," etc.) How about another running gag, and isolate Lucy's "ewwwww" expressions when she realizes her boo-boos? It'd be funny to see those back-to-back, kinda like the medley of "Oh, Rob!"'s I once saw in a collection of "Dick Van Dyke Show's Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) toward hubby.
I do not know how widespread it was. But I wouldn't be surprised if it was. If you think about it, most men wore suits so it made sense to have them just wear theirs and save a bunch, etc. Any dress ladies wore would already be in their closet. Imagine custom making every article of clothing for the cast. That would take a whole team of people. Desilu was not unlike any other company that was trying to save as much money as they could and this was a practical and simple way to do it. :)
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