The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Season 1 Episode 1

Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana

Aired Unknown Nov 06, 1957 on CBS
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Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana

Newspaper columnist Hedda Hopper comes to the Ricardos' home in Connecticut to interview them about how they met. They then weave the tale about how Lucy and her best friend, Susie MacNamara, went on a cruise to Havana and Ricky and his friend Carlos caught their eye. After much adventure, Lucy and Susie must figure out a way to get Ricky and Carlos to America.


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  • When Hedda Hopper comes over to interview the Ricardos, Lucy tells the story of how she and Ricky first met 17 years ago when Lucy and her friend Susie (Ann Sothern) took a cruise to Havana.moreless

    Wow! I really REALLY enjoyed this episode. Lucy and Ricky were never better. Ann Sothern also held her own. However, I did not care so much for Rudy Vallee. But the writing for the episode is top-notch. The scene with Lucy and Susie in the prison is hilarious! It kind of reminded me of "Lucy Does A TV Commercial" when Lucy goes "Boy, it's hot in here!" Fred and Ethel were their usual fantastic selfs. I just wish they had more to do. Well, I really enjoyed this episode. It's sort of like a mini-movie. It's Lucy and Desi at their greatest!moreless
Ann Sothern

Ann Sothern

Susie MacNamara

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Cesar Romero

Cesar Romero

Carlos Garcia

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Rudy Vallee

Rudy Vallee


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • The Mertzes are celebrating their 10th anniversary second honeymoon in this episode. This places their marriage in 1930 which contradicts all other reports in I Love Lucy of the length of their marriage.

    • Lucy says she doesn't very often have hiccups, but in the episode of the I Love Lucy series, "Lucy's Last Birthday," a heartbroken Lucy admits to the Friends of the Friendless that she is prone to hiccups whenever she cries.

    • Goof: In the opening scene, the Ricardos await Hedda Hopper's arrival. Ricky's handkerchief is in his left lapel pocket, but if you look closely as Lucy begins to fix his socks, his handkerchief is on his right!

    • When greeting her, Little Ricky refers to Hedda Hopper as "Miss Hepper."

    • Throughout the run of the Lucy series, there has always been a discrepancy regarding the number of years the Mertzes have been married. In the first season of I Love Lucy, the Mertzes were married for 18 years ("The Girls Want to Go to A Nightclub"). In the second season, it was revealed that they have been married for 25 years (22 according to Ethel in "Vacation From Marriage"). In this episode, it would appear they've been married for 29 years, but in the last episode of the last season of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour ("Lucy Meets the Moustache"), Ethel remarks that the two have been married 25 years.

    • This is Hedda Hopper's second appearance in the "I Love Lucy" series. She guest-starred in I Love Lucy's season four episode, "The Hedda Hopper Story."

    • When this episode originally aired it ran 75 min. Desi Arnaz asked US Steel to cut 15 minutes off their show so this episode could be shown at this odd length. While this episode has been cut to 60 minutes the full length version still exists.

    • This "meeting story" is completely different from others told earlier during I Love Lucy (in which Lucy met Ricky after both were already in New York). Lucy and Ricky's "best friends" Susie and Carlos have likewise never been mentioned before.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Lucy tells Ethel about Ricky and Carlos being paid to take her and Susie out)
      Ethel: Did you have a good time yesterday? We saw you leaving with those two handsome Latins. I was hoping one of them would turn out to be Mr. Right.
      Lucy: They're just a couple of gigolos. They were paid to take us out.
      Ethel: Oh! Isn't that terrible? Imagine being paid to take a girl out. How do you like that, Fred?
      Fred: I'd like that fine.

    • Susie: Lucy, why don't we stay down here and get jobs?
      Lucy: Oh, I couldn't do that.
      Susie: Well why not?
      Lucy: Well, what would I do? I don't know how to write shorthand in Spanish.
      Susie: Well, you don't know how to write it in English either.
      Lucy: Look who's talking. The Queen of the Coffee Breaks!

    • Susie: (after Lucy loses the coin toss and ends up with Ricky as her date) Now, Lucy, don't be so fussy. You're only going on a sightseeing tour. You're not gonna marry the guy.

    • (Susie and Lucy have no luck finding any single men on board.)
      Susie: I hate to tell you, Lucy, we're traveling on a floating YWCA.
      Lucy: They weren't kidding when they said this ship was on it's maiden voyage.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Songs: "Our Ship Is Coming In," "That Means I Love You," "Cielito Lindo"

    • Frank Nelson appears in this episode as the cruise director (and a totally different character). Yet he played the Ricardos' next door neighbor in Westport, Connecticut--Ralph Ramsey in "Lucy Gets Chummy With the Neighbors" and "Country Club Dance." He made several appearances as Freddie Fillmore in "The Quiz Show," "Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio," and "Ricky's Hawaiian Vacation." He played Ben Benjamin in "Ricky's Movie Offer," the train conductor in "The Great Train Robbery," the high-strung waiter in "Lucy Changes Her Mind," the Customs officer in "Return Home From Europe," and the police sargeant in "Ricky and Fred Are TV Fans."

    • For the entire series, the Ricardos' beloved dog, "Fred" would not appear. In fact, there was no mention of Fred whatsoever.

    • For the entire series, Keith Thibodeaux would never be credited using his real name, he was solely credited as "Little Ricky."

    • This episode originally aired with Desi Arnaz welcoming the audience to his and Lucy's "new show." Lucy then pokes her hand from behind the curtain and tells him it is time to begin!

    • When this episode was first filmed, it ran seventy-five minutes. After viewing a rough cut, executive producer Desi Arnaz decided the show's length couldn't be changed without a major effect on the show's plot. CBS, however, balked at the idea of a seventy-five minute show. So Desi called the producers of The United States Steel Hour, the show that immediatley followed the first Comedy Hour, and asked if they would be willing to give up the first fifteen minutes of their show. He promised that with the Lucy-Desi special as a lead-in, the Steel Hour would get it's highest rating ever. They agreed, and "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana" was TV's first hour-long show that ran 75 minutes. In 1962, however, when CBS decided to start showing reruns of the series as a summer program, they didn't want to have to cut the first fifteen minutes of the next show, and so they cut Hedda Hopper's intro and parts of the rest of the show. The seventy-five minute version hasn't been shown on television since, although it was shown in a special screening in March 1998. This is the only show in the history of telelvision to run for a length of 75 minutes.

    • Guest star Ann Sothern crosses over her character, Susie McNamara, from her own TV series, "My Private Secretary."


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