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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.” –Gilbert Adrian

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!)


Lucy Meets the Law

S5;E19 ~ February 13, 1967


Lucy thinks she’s being arrested for littering when she is actually being mistaken for a red-haired jewel thief.  

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carmichael), Gale Gordon (Theodore J. Mooney), Mary Jane Croft (Mary Jane Lewis)

Roy Roberts (Mr. Cheever) does not appear in this episode. 

Guest Cast

Claude Akins (Lieutenant 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.

Iris Adrian (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.  

Ken Lynch (Officer 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 Ball.  

Joseph Perry (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.  

Byron Foulger (Mr. Trindle) had played the leader of the Friends of the Friendless in “Lucy’s Last Birthday” (ILL S2;E25). He previously appeared on “The Lucy Show” in “My Fair Lucy” (S3;E20).

Mr. Trindle is the proprietor of the jewelry store that was robbed. 

Jody Gilbert (Matron 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 prison matron.  

Two 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.

Some public domain video releases title this episode “A Case of Mistaken Identity.” The episode was filmed January 6, 1967, the first to be filmed after the holidays.

There was no new “Lucy Show” episode on Monday, February 6, 1967. Instead, CBS showed a repeat of “Lucy Gets Caught Up in the Draft” (S5;E9).  

This was the first and only episode written by Alan J. Levitt. 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.

Mary 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 Morris). Keep America Beautiful joined with the Ad Council in 1961 to dramatize the idea that every individual must help protect against the effects litter has on the environment.  These included the popular 1963 television campaign “Every Litter Bit Hurts” and the character Susan Spotless in 1964.  The organization is still active today.  

In 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 new, pussycat?”What’s New Pussycat 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.

When 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” was a song written by Anne Young round 1903.

Trying 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.’

Mr. 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?”  

Yul Brynner (1920-85) 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 Magnificent Seven, in which he also appeared.

Finch 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. Kate Barker (1873–1935) 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). Ma Barker was parodied as Ma Parker in a 1970 episode of “Here’s Lucy” (above). 

Entering the action late in the episode to vouch for Lucy, Gale Gordon gets a smattering of entrance applause from the studio audience.


Although never incarcerated before, Lucy Carmichael’s previous brushes with the law include: “Lucy and the Runaway Butterfly” (S1;E29), “Lucy is Her Own Lawyer” (S2;E23), “Lucy the Meter Maid” (S3;E7) and “Lucy Makes a Pinch” (S3;E8).  

Lucy Ricardo was arrested and in jail in several episodes: “New Neighbors” (S1;E21) in New York City, “Tennessee Bound” (ILL S4;E14) in Bent Fork, and “Lucy Takes a Cruise To Havana” (1957) in Havana.  Lucy also comes very close to going to jail in “Ricky and Fred art TV Fans” (ILL S2;E30) for stealing change from a cash register, and in “Paris at Last” (ILL S5;E18) for forging Francs!  

Lucy 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