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

Backstage Blogathon: Annabel Takes a Tour (1938)

Annabel Allison (Lucille Ball) is an actress whose popularity is waning with the rise of another star, Natalie Preston (Frances Mercer). Natalie is engaged to royalty and has won the affection of the public with her elegance and exciting, romantic life. Annabel’s scheming publicist, Lanny (Jack Oakie), sees that it’s going to take a lot of… Read More Backstage Blogathon: Annabel Takes a Tour (1938)

Lured (1947)

Lucy Barnard (Tanis Chandler) and Sandra Carpenter (Lucille Ball) are toe-tapping ladies making their living in a dance hall. The two are close friends, and when they’re both offered auditions for a new gig, Sandra couldn’t be more excited. A Fleming and Wilde show! And the opportunity to dance alongside her best friend — without the… Read More Lured (1947)