The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Season 1 Episode 3

Lucy Hunts Uranium

Aired Unknown Jan 03, 1958 on CBS

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  • 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".

    Special guest star Fred MacMurray, one of my all-time favorite actors, shows up on the train that the Ricardos and Mertzes are taking to Las Vegas, and upon meeting him Lucy has her usual mishaps, as whenever she meets a celebrity. Forbidden by Ricky from hunting uranium, she plants a fake headline to fool him into thinking there has been a uranium strike, but she abandons the plan and casts the fake paper into the trash. The cleaning lady, however, doesn't know it's fake, and spreads the word of a uranium strike. Everyone in the area is caught up in the excitement and goes uranium hunting, including Lucy, not knowing it was her phony headline that caused the uproar. The Ricardos, Mertzes, and MacMurray (afraid of his wife June Haver's wrath for losing a mere 100 dollars gambling) take the hunt together, and find a uranium sample, but scheme against each other to be the first to return to Vegas and collect the 10,000 dollar claim for finding it. Upon returning to Vegas they realize their scheming against one another was based on fear, mistrust and misunderstanding, and make up. This scene provides a nice moral lesson. They also learn that the uranium sample they found was the one Lucy got when she purchased her Geiger counter, and that the uranium fever was caused by Lucy's fake headline, making for a hilarious ending. The late cameo by actress June Haver, MacMurray's real-life wife, as herself is a plus, as is the southern Nevada desert scenery, in spite of it being filmed in B&W. As has been noted in the episode guide, MacMurray would go on to star in the long-running sitcom "My Three Sons", which co-starred William Frawley as his father-in-law and housekeeper (before Uncle Charley) during its little-seen first five seasons.
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