Still in Love with Lucy

by Thomas Watson

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dear Fellow Lucyfans,

Lucie Lights Up (the Screen)...

Lucie Arnaz fans in the Los Angeles area should note that a motion picture she made a few years ago is finally (!!!) being released to theatres. It's called "The Pack" and concerns a lady (played by Lucie) who is prosecuted for murder after her husband dies of lung cancer from allegedly breathing her second-hand smoke for thirty years.

The film will have a limited (one week) run THIS WEEK (September 16th - 22nd) at the Laemmle Grande 4-plex theatre in downtown Los Angeles (345 S. Figueroa Street), with screenings at 3:50pm and 8pm daily. (Theatre information: 213-617-0268)

For more information about this film, visit "The Pack" web site at:


Kaye Ballard Remembers...

A few years ago, Kaye Ballard wrote her memoirs, "How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years." It was what one would call a very "fun read." Even so, reading about this fabulous lady is not nearly as much fun as listening to her reminisce about her life in show biz... So now through the magic of modern technology, Kaye is releasing a special 4-disc CD set that allows us to do just that -- listen to her great stories! The set is titled "My Life in My Own Words, with My Own Mouth!" Here's a brief sample:

Kaye Ballard Promo.mp3

This special limited edition set is priced at $24.95, and available only through the Kaye Ballard web site. Included on the set are many wonderful stories concerning Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz -- including one in which Lucy and Kaye go bike riding and are attacked by a dog!

To order the set, visit this special order page:

Kaye Ballard CDs

Kaye's personal web site can be accessed at

There is now a Kaye Ballard Theatre, by the way, at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center in Joshua Tree, California. Here's a recent photo taken there with Jarrod Radnich (President):

Kaye's work on The Mothers-in-Law, on which Desi Arnaz was Executive Producer and Director, will be available soon from MPI Home Video. We will have more information about this exciting set as it becomes available.

Learning From Lucy...

Judith Yates, a writer with the Nashville Examiner, has written a story abut I Love Lucy that she wants to share with the fans. In the article is a "Top 10" list of things one can learn from watching the show. She wants to know what we, the fans, have actually learned -- and asks that we leave a comment in the "comment" section on the article page.

The link to the article is as follows:

What Can You Learn from Lucy?

Special Summer Clearance Sale: Dann Cahn Memoirs

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Dann Cahn, the original film editor on I Love Lucy -- and later a director of various films and television programs -- has completed the fourth (and final) installment of his "Lucy" memoirs, "The Best of Times."

Dann sold copies at the recent "Lucy-Desi Days" festival in Jamestown, New York, and the "Lucy Birthday" celebration earlier this month, but also wants to make them available to readers of this web site.

In fact, for a limited time only, all four of his stories are available for $60 (which includes postage). Essentially, that's a "Buy 3, Get 1 Free" offer!

As our regular readers know, Dann has been writing his memoirs in the form of "articles" for the past several years. He started writing them in the early 1990s as stories for "Cinema Editor," the official publication of American Cinema Editors, Inc. (an honorary professional society). When Lucy fans discovered them, Dann revised and expanded the articles, and illustrated them with photos from his personal collection. Each has been published in a self-contained booklet.

The latest installment is called "The Best of Times," and chronicles Dann's experiences at Desilu (1951-1959), when the company went from being a "one show operation" to the busiest studio in Hollywood.

The earlier stories include: (1) "The Beginning," recounting the start of "I Love Lucy" -- and how Dann was hired to work on the series. (2) "The Cuban Caper," which tells how Dann was sent to Cuba by Desilu to film special footage for the first Lucy-Desi special, "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana." and (3) "Movies & Memories," which harkens back to the 1930s when Lucy -- and Danny -- were both starting out in Hollywood... and ends with them working together on "Forever, Darling" in the 1950s.

Again, for a limited time, the spiral-bound booklets are priced at $17 each ($15, plus $2 postage and handling), or ALL FOUR FOR $60 (including shipping). You can order them from Dann directly.

Send check or money order to:

Dann Cahn
I Loved Lucy & Desi, Too
PO Box 49824
Los Angeles, CA 90049

If you want the booklet(s) inscribed, please enclose a note indicating to whom he should sign the inscription.

Lucie to Sing in San Francisco

Skip Koenig, though located in the New York "tri-state area," recently sent me a West-Coast update: Lucie Arnaz has been booked to sing at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco the week of December 8-13. The nightclub is located in the Hotel Nikko, at 222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

For more information visit

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