Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Esterel Grace Kelly and Edith Head Elizabeth Taylor and The Fontana Sisters Ava Gardner and Christian Dior Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent Marlene Dietrich and Travis Banton Romy Schneider and Coco Chanel Greta Garbo and Gilbert Adrian
“It was because of Garbo that I left MGM. In her last picture they
wanted to make her a sweater girl, a real American type. I said, ‘When
the glamour ends for Garbo, it also ends for me. She has created a type.
If you destroy that illusion, you destroy her.’ When Garbo walked out
of the studio, glamour went with her, and so did I.”
A closeup of one of the gowns designed by Adrian for Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette; in the movie it was worn during the storming of Versailles.
(I saw it and just HAD to post this to share with everyone. It’s amazing to see how beautiful and vibrant these costumes really are when you see them in colour like this, since the movie was filmed in black and white. We can only dream of how it might have looked in colour!)
thinks she’s being arrested for littering when she is actually being mistaken for a
red-haired jewel thief.
(Theodore J. Mooney), Mary
Jane Croft (Mary
(Mr. Cheever) does not appear in this episode.
Finch) appeared as himself (playing a giant native) in “Desert
Island” (ILL S6;E8). He
is perhaps best remembered for playing Sheriff Lobo in “B.J. And
the Bear” (1978-79) and its sequel “The Misadventures of Sheriff
Lobo” (1979-81). Akins died in 1994.
(Hard Head Hogan) appeared on Broadway in the 1930s and was a
Ziegfeld girl. In Hollywood she did more than 160 films. This is
her only appearance with Lucille Ball.
Peters, above left) started playing policemen on TV in 1950 and continued to do
so for much of his career. This is his only appearance with Lucille
(Officer Miller, above right) started his screen acting career in 1956. His final
credit was playing Nemo for seven episodes of “Everybody Loves
Raymond” in 1999. He died the following year. This is his only
appearance with Lucille Ball.
Trindle is the proprietor of the jewelry store that was robbed.
aka “Tinkerbell”) had appeared with Lucille Ball and Gale Gordon
on the 1952 special “Stars in the Eye” celebrating the opening of
CBS’s new Television City studios. She will also appear in two
episodes of “Here’s Lucy,” in one of which she also plays a
passersby, the other women in the line-up, and the actual red haired
jewel thief (above) are all uncredited. Interestingly, Hazel Pierce, who was
Lucy’s stand-in and frequent day player, is not in this episode.
public domain video releases title this episode “A Case of
The episode was filmed January 6, 1967, the first to be filmed after
was the first and only episode written by Alan
It was also his first script for television. He went on to write
for “Maude” (1972-74) and one of Lucille Ball’s favorite sitcoms
“Three’s Company” (1977-78). Levitt shows a firm grasp of writing
farce, balancing Lucy’s belief that she has been arrested for
littering, with the audience’s knowledge that she is believed to be a
jewel thief, using cleverly worded dialogue that allows both Lucy and
police to have a conversation without giving away the misconception.
Jane tells Lucy that littering is against the “Keep America
Beautiful” Campaign. Keep
America Beautiful was
founded in 1953 by a consortium of nonprofit organizations,
government agencies, concerned individuals, and American businesses
(including original “I Love Lucy” sponsor Philip
Keep America Beautiful joined with the Ad
1961 to dramatize the idea that every individual must help protect
against the effects litter has on the environment. These included
popular 1963 television campaign “Every Litter Bit Hurts”
and the character Susan Spotless in 1964. The organization is still
order not to implicate her friend, Lucy tells the policemen that Mary
Jane is the name of her cat. She says she likes to call the cat up
and say “What’s
was the name of a hit film of 1965 written by Woody Allen. Its title
song was nominated for an Oscar and was a big hit for Tom Jones.
thrown in the cell with a growling Hard Head, Lucy says she doesn’t
feel very welcome. The Matron remarks that “You’re
as welcome as the flowers in May.” “Welcome
as the Flowers in May”
a song written by Anne Young round 1903.
to be tough, Lucy tells Hard Head Hogan her ‘handle’ is “Steel
Knuckles Carmichael” but her friends call her “Knuck.” Hogan
continually gets the name wrong, calling her ‘Muck’ and ‘Cluck.’
Trindle can’t positively identify the jewel thief in a line up of red
headed women. He says he didn’t anticipate so many red heads. Lt.
Finch replies “What
did you figure on? A bunch of Yul Brynners?”
was an actor known for his bald head. He was mentioned on “I Love
Lucy” several times, generally comparing him with Fred, who was
nearly bald himself. At the time of filming, Brynner had just been
seen in The
Return of the Magnificent Seven,
a sequel to 1960’s hit The
in which he also appeared.
says the women in the line up would make Ma Barker look like a camp
fire girl. This is the second episode in a row to mention Ma Barker.
was the mother of several criminals who ran the Barker gang. She
traveled with her sons during their criminal careers. Barker was also
mentioned in “Lucy
and the Great Bank Robbery” (S3;E5).
Barker was parodied as Ma Parker in a 1970 episode of “Here’s
the action late in the episode to vouch for Lucy, Gale Gordon gets a
smattering of entrance applause from the studio audience.
Carter goes to prison in a 1973 episode of “Here’s Lucy” that
also features Gale Gordon and Jody Gilbert as the Matron. This time
her cellmate is Mumsie Westcott played by Elsa Lanchester, who may
(or may not) have been criminal hatchet murderess Eleanor Holmby when
Lucy and Ethel go “Off to Florida” (ILL S6;E6).
“Lucy Meets the Law” rates 4 Paper Hearts out of 5