| Season 4, Episode 25 |
#122 in Series
|Air date:||April 18, 1955|
|Written by:|| Bob Carroll Jr.|
|Directed by:||William Asher|
|Production code:||4-25 / 122|
|IMDB||The Star Upstairs|
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The Star Upstairs was the 122nd overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 25th episode in Season four of the series. The episode, was directed by William Asher, originally aired on CBS-TV on April 18, 1955.
Lucy poses as a bellboy to gain entrance to movie star Cornel Wilde's hotel room. It's getting out of the room that proves to be tougher with dangling down off the balcony to his room.
Lucy figures out that she has seen 99 movie stars since arriving in Hollywood, and when she finds out that Cornel Wilde is secretly staying up in the hotel penthouse, she wants him to be the coveted #100. She makes Bobby the bellboy sneak her in Cornel's room many different ways, but she ends up being trapped out on the penthouse balcony, needing to dangle herself down one floor to her suite.
- This episode was shown as a rerun in season 6. A new "flashback" opening was filmed, where Lucy and Ricky are showing Little Ricky their momentos from Hollywood. Lucy announces how Cornel Wilde was #100, and that she beat the record by seeing the most movie stars in a two-week period.
- This episode was originally going to be the one where Van Johnson guest starred. He was unable to appear because of a "sponsor conflict" with Phillip Morris competitor Lucky Strike at the time this episode was filmed. By the time the conflict was worked out, Van had ended up with a far better and more memorable plot, landing episode #124.
- This is the first time we hear about Lucy's Robert Taylor autographed orange from the Farmer's Market.
- The Band-Aid on Lucy's face after she falls off the balcony was for a real injury she sustained during the balcony scene, not for costume prop purposes.
- Lucille Ball ... as Lucy Ricardo
- Desi Arnaz ... as Ricky Ricardo
- Vivian Vance ... as Ethel Mertz
- William Frawley ... as Fred Mertz