The Lucy Show

Season 2 Episode 18

Lucy Teaches Ethel Merman to Sing

Aired Monday 8:30 PM Feb 03, 1964 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Lucy credits the great Danfield vocal coach Dr. Gitterman with teaching her how to sing. Played by Hans Conried, he applied his skills to Lucy in the Season 1 episode Lucy's Barbershop Quartet.

    • Lucy offers Agnes Schmidlapp $5 to come to her house and pretend to be Ethel Merman.

  • Quotes

    • Lucy: You can drop that Schmidlapp routine.
      Mooney: Oh, you know who she really is.
      Lucy: Yes, I do. And thanks to you, I made a complete fool of myself.
      Mooney: You can't pin that on me! I just moved to town a year ago.

    • Lucy: (coaching "Agnes" to sing) Haven't you ever had any singing lessons?
      Ethel (as Agnes): Never!
      Lucy: I believe it.
      Ethel (as Agnes): Have you?
      Lucy: How'd you think I learned to sing like this?

  • Notes

    • This was originally planned as a single episode, but things went so well between Lucille and Ethel it was decided to make it a two-parter. The final scene of this episode was rewritten to lead into Part Two. However, it wasn't filmed until they shot the second episode a month later.

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