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In this episode Shelley Summer's brags about having two Oscars, Shelley Winters did in fact win two for Best Supporting Actress in the films The Diary of Anne Frank in 1960 and A Patch of Blue in 1966.
Although Hale and Cox were playing father and son, they were only three years apart in age. Alan Hale was born in 1921 and Wally Cox in 1924.
Wayne also sings a Frank Sinatra classic, "I've Got the World on A String". He performs this song while on his dancing horse, Desi Jr. and Lucie are also on dancing horses and perform while he sings.
Lyrics for "I've Got the World on A String".
Ive got the world on a string
Im sitting on a rainbow
Got the string around my finger
What a world, what a life - Im in love
Ive got a song that I sing
I can make the rain go
Any time I move my finger
Lucky me, cant you see - Im in love
Lifes a wonderful thing
As long as I hold the string
Id be a silly so-and-so
If I should ever let her go
This episode has a good drum duel between Buddy and Desi, Junior(toward the end of the episode). Buddy starts it, as only he could, by saying "let's whale!".
According to Lucille Ball, Rudy Valle had the foulest mouth of anyone she's worked with and was very difficult while filming this episode.
Lucy's last "spider face!"
The dress that appears on the "Vivien Leigh" dummy was previously worn by Lucille in episode 3-23 of "The Lucy Show" (Lucy & Arthur Godfry). It will return in episode 4-01 of "Here's Lucy" during the Gone with the Wind sketch, in a slightly altered state.
The dress worn by Lucille in the "Gone with the Wind sketch" was previously worn by her in episode 3-23 of "The Lucy Show (Lucy & Arthur Godfry), although it has been slightly modified for this appearance. It also appeared briefly the previous year in "Lucy & Carol Burnett" in its original form.
Kaye Ballard played Kaye Buell on The Mothers-In-Law on NBC from 1967-1969 in which Lucille Ball's ex-husband Desi Arnaz produced and directed several episodes.
We learn three things in this episode: Lucy's address (4863 Valley Lawn Drive, zip 91041, which puts it in Sunland, CA), her house description (the second house from the corner, pink with blue shutters with a big tree in the front yard) and that Harry is claustrophobic.
When Lucie began filming a pilot for her own series, Vivian Vance was considered to become a regular the following season to fill the void. Unfortunately, Lucie's pilot didn't sell, and Vivian was diagnosed with breast cancer and could no longer take on anymore weekly assignments.
Here's an interesting story about this episode.
I was in 7th grade in a short time before this episode
aired and saw my fellow art-class student and friend
Lance Deverich/Racana attempting to make a pot on
the potter's wheel in Roger Twedt's Art Class at
Palm Valley in Palm Springs, CA.
Lance had a crazy Einstein hair-cut and was generally
unkempt with kooky habits. We were best friends during
our time at P.V. So I framed the shot of him, director-style
left/thumb right/forefinger and reversed, etc. and thought,
this would be a good film for our film class.
Later, we did this as "The Potter's Problem" which won
the California Art Educator's Award and at which one
of Lucy's writers saw the episode, turned it into this
episode and made it more famous. Others on the team at Palm Valley: Roger Twedt (art director,
and Lucy's teacher in the episode of Here's Lucy, my art teacher,
now deceased, along with his beloved wife and my 4th grade
teacher Grace Twedt), Mike Stern (a friend), and Craig Siva
Anyway, you know the rest now.
P.S. I made a couple of pots in my life but always found it
difficult. Now the most I do is watch them make pots at
the Laguna Beach Sawdust Art Festival yearly.
On another note, The Terminator series and some other
James Cameron movies were produced by another Palm
Valley graduate Gale Anne Hurd who was in a couple of
classes ahead of me.
Flora Belle was actually the name of Lucille Ball's grandmother, who was considered to be quite an eccentric.
In a 1981 episode of "Mork & Mindy" Mork met actor/comedian Robin Williams, playing himself and Mork in the same episode.