The Lucy Show

Season 4 Episode 25

Lucy, the Gun Moll

Aired Monday 8:30 PM Mar 14, 1966 on CBS

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  • Lucy Meets the Untouchables

    This episode of Lucille Ball's second TV series was a spoof of the classic crime drama, The Untouchables, which aired from 1959-63 and was filmed at Desilu Studios. TV legends Robert Stack and Bruce Gordon parodied their Untouchables roles of Eliot Ness and Frank Nitti respectively. Radio and gossip columnist legend Walter Winchell reprised his role as the series' narrator for this episode and one of the supporting Untouchables, Steve London, put in an appearance as well.

    There were a lot of funny bits in Lucy, the Gun Moll. The basic storyline concerned Federal agent Stack discovering that Lucy was a dead ringer for soon to be paroled bank robber Gordon's moll. Stack gets Lucy to pose as the moll in order to recover the missing loot from a robbery. Lucy, in her own fumbling way, manages to solve the case.

    Interestingly enough, this episode marked the only time Robert Stack ever spoofed his Untouchables personna of Eliot Ness. Stack took his character very seriously and turned down offers from the likes of Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, and Saturday Night Live to parody the role. He appeared on this episode as a personal favor to Lucille Ball who'd been his boss when the Untouchables was filmed originally.

    Though Ball's second series was very erratic, changing formats several times, this episode was one of the funnier ones. All devotees of both the Lucy Show and the Untouchables will enjoy it. If you don't enjoy seeing Eliot Ness and Frank Nitti together again you either don't like television or you've watched too many episodes of Saved by the Bell.