| Season 4, Episode 19 |
#116 in Series
|Air date:||February, 21, 1955|
|Written by:|| Bob Carroll Jr.|
|Directed by:||William Asher|
|Production code:||4-19 / 116|
|IMDB||Lucy Gets Into Pictures|
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Lucy Gets Into Pictures was the 116th overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 19th episode in Season four of the series. The episode, was directed by William Asher, originally aired on CBS-TV on February, 21, 1955.
Lucy finally gets her chance - she lands a part as a murdered showgirl in a major MGM musical.
Lucy is depressed. It seems that everyone around her has a part in a movie, and she desperately wishes to be a movie star herself. Ricky makes a deal with a director to make Lucy the star of a showgirl scene. Lucy is to walk down a flight of steps, with the other showgirls behind her, and fall to her death when a gunshot rings out. But Lucy is held back by the extremely heavy headdress she is required to wear. She can't hold both the headdress and her head up at the same time, and she often trips, falls, or has the headdress slip to one side. The director decides that a bigger girl should wear the headdress, and Lucy is demoted to background dancer. She still continues lousing up each take, though, because she still wants to be the girl who dies in the scene. Finally, the director is fed up with Lucy's whining and agrees to let her be the girl who dies. But he changes the scene to have her already dead and covered with a sheet on a gurney. "How will my friends know it's me?" Lucy whines. The directors says that her feet will be showing. Lucy ends up secretly writing her name on the bottom of her shoes, so everyone who sees the movie will know for sure that it's Lucy Ricardo underneath that sheet!
- Lucille Ball ... as Lucy Ricardo
- Desi Arnaz ... as Ricky Ricardo
- Vivian Vance ... as Ethel Mertz
- William Frawley ... as Fred Mertz