Classic Stars on the Small Screen: I Love Lucy’s “The Ballet”

I Love Lucy‘s season one episode “The Ballet” (originally airing in February of 1952) featured not one, but two veteran Hollywood character actors in guest-starring roles: Mary Wickes and Frank J. Scannell. In the episode, Scannell appears as a comic attempting to teach Lucy a burlesque act, while Wickes plays Madame Lamond, a French ballet instructor. The episode has Lucy attempting to steal the spotlight … Continue reading Classic Stars on the Small Screen: I Love Lucy’s “The Ballet”

Classic Stars on the Small Screen: Lucy Meets Orson Welles

I Love Lucy is one of the best-known shows of the midcentury, an enduring classic that continues to win fans through re-runs despite the fact that it first premiered over 60 years ago. Though many of his projects were more serious in tone than I Love Lucy, Orson Welles has a similarly enduring reputation of greatness, continuing to be well-known and respected as an actor, … Continue reading Classic Stars on the Small Screen: Lucy Meets Orson Welles

Classic Stars on the Small Screen: You Bet Your Life

You Bet Your Life was a quiz show that ran for a remarkable total of 16 seasons on both television and radio. It first aired in 1947 and wasn’t cancelled until 1961, running for a total of over 500 episodes! (It was re-named as The Groucho Show in its final season and was later revived with Bill Cosby hosting in the early 1990s.) This game … Continue reading Classic Stars on the Small Screen: You Bet Your Life