The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Lucy Hunts Uranium

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 1/3/58
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  • Episode Description
  • The Ricardos and the Mertzes head to Las Vegas' Sands Hotel where Ricky and his orchestra are performing. Lucy and the rest of the gang (including Fred MacMurray) catch the uranium hunting bug, but it's every man for himself as the race is on to see who will be the first to claim $10,000. MacMurray's wife June Haver also guest stars.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Fred MacMurray


  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy Ricardo

  • June Haver


  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • William Frawley

    Fred Mertz

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Once again Lucy and her crazy antics outdo one another...

    By senor_fritz, Oct 03, 2007

  • This is my favorite of the hour-long programs, partly because of Fred MacMurray. Similar to the later hit film "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World".

    By tvking1, Aug 26, 2007

  • Lucy and the gang join Fred MacMurray and while hunting for uranium in the desert. But a misunderstanding leads to a race to the claims office, an action packed car chase, and a very enjoyable episode.

    By UPPERCO, Apr 19, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Ricky: Oh, well whatd'ya know? Nobody's a claim yumper. Lucy: Yeah, there's not a yumper in the crowd.

    • (Lucy shows the Mertzes a Geiger counter) Ethel: What is that? Lucy: It's a Geiger counter to hunt uranium with while we're up in Las Vegas. Ethel: A Geiger counter? Lucy: Yeah. Ethel: Now, Lucy, I thought when you asked Ricky if you could go uranium hunting he put his foot down. Lucy: Oh, he put down so many feet I feel like I'm married to a Cuban centipede!

    • Lucy: How can you be so meek in real life and be so brave in pictures? Fred: Heavy makeup.

    • (Ricky has just forbid Lucy to go uranium hunting) Ethel: (with Fred, enters the Ricardos' hotel room) Are you ready? (seeing Ricky) Oh, uh... Hi, friend! What's up? Lucy: The jig.

    • Ricky: I don't want you out there in the middle of the desert by yourself. You might get lost. Lucy: How could I get lost? Fred'll be with us. Ricky: Oh great. (chuckles) With his sense of direction, he couldn't find his way out of a telephone booth.

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    Notes (4)

    • While shooting in the Mojave desert, the crew had difficulty making one of the cars come to a skidding stop to make the scene. After wasted time and money, Desi got into the car and performed the stunt perfectly. After receiving applause for an outstanding performance, it was discovered that the camera had no film. Desi went ballistic while the rest of the crew got hysterical.

    • Louis A. Nicoletti guest starred in several episodes of I Love Lucy, he also had a recurring role on the series as "Boom Man." Additionally, Nicoletti was a waiter in "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana;" and Charles Lane appeared on both I Love Lucy, and other episodes of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

    • Bob Ellison appeared in several episodes of the I Love Lucy series. He played a milkman and a bellhop.

    • After his run as Fred Mertz ends, William Frawley will play Fred MacMurray's father-in-law on My Three Sons.

    Trivia (2)

    • The big stick Lucy is carrying is made of rubber. When Ethel startles her, she hits Ricky with it and, if you watch really closely, you can see the stick bending!

    • It is out of character for Fred MacMurray to lose money to gambling, because in real life, he was really tight with his money.

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