I Love Lucy

Season 4 Episode 28

The Dancing Star

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 02, 1955 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Dancing Star
Lucy begs Van Johnson to let her dance a number with him at the nightclub to impress her rival Caroline Appleby, who is visiting from New York. Van accepts the challenge by waltzing her across the ballroom floor as his dance partner. Movie star Van Johnson guest-stars as himself.moreless

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  • The Dancing Star

    A lot of people really love I Love Lucy, they say the show is a classic and I know several intelligent people who think it is the greatest show of all-time, but I do not see what they are talking about. For every Vitameatvegamin there is an episode like this where absolutely nothing happens and Lucille Balle is supposed to be funny just by making weird faces and dancing. Van Johnson guested as himself on the show, but it was nothing to write home about. I have no doubt that there are some classic I Love Lucy episodes out there, but this was not one of them. Not a single laugh here.moreless
Van Johnson

Van Johnson


Guest Star

Marco Rizo

Marco Rizo


Guest Star

Doris Singleton

Doris Singleton

Caroline Appleby

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Lucille flubs her line but quickly recovers as Lucy tries to convince Ricky that she did indeed dance with Van Johnson. If you look closely, you can see Lucille laughing at her mistake, and Desi has a little fun with her when the phone rings. Here's the dialogue as it occurs on the DVD:

      Lucy: It's true! I van--I danced with Van Johnson this afternoon.
      Ricky: Now look, honey. Wait a minute. This is me...this is not Carolyn. You're talking to Ricky, remember? (the phone rings and Ricky goes to answer it) 'Vanced' with 'danced'? What is that? She's gone completely!

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Ethel: Lucy, you had such a fascinating, little mind. I kinda hate to see it go.

    • (The men don't believe Lucy's story.)
      Lucy: I did dance with Van Johnson!
      Fred: She's told so many of those wild stories she's beginning to believe them herself.
      Ethel: No, I was there and I saw her.
      Fred: Well, whatever Lucy's got, it's catching.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Lucy: I haven't even got an idea. You think of something.
      Ethel: Listen, if Einstein can't work out a problem, you don't hand it to Mortimer Snerd.

      Mortimer Snerd was one of the characters on The Charlie McCarthy Show, a good-natured simpleton.