“You think that mosquitos, monkeys, and lions are bad? That is just the beginning. I’ve seen things you’ve only seen in your nightmares. Things you can’t even imagine. Things you can’t even see. There are things that hunt you in the night. Then something screams. Then you hear them eating, and you hope to God that you’re not dessert. Afraid? You don’t even know what afraid is. You would not last five minutes without me.”
Milton Berle is doing research to play an alcoholic, he disguises
himself as a drunk and visits the soup kitchen sponsored by Mr.
Mooney’s bank. Lucy and Mary Jane recognize him and so he tells them
he is Milton Berle’s twin brother, Arthur. Lucy vows to get even
with Milton Berle for neglecting his brother and causes an uproar at
a press party.
Ball (Lucy Carmichael), Gale Gordon (Theodore J. Mooney), Mary Jane
Croft (Mary Jane Lewis)
born Milton Berlinger in New York City on July 12, 1908. He started
performing at the age of five. He perfected his comedy in vaudeville,
early silent films, and then on radio, before taking his act to the
small screen, where he would be proclaimed “Mr. Television” and
later “Uncle Miltie.” He hosted “Texaco Star Theater” on
NBC from 1948 to 1956. The variety show was re-titled "The
Milton Berle Show” in 1954 when Texaco dropped their sponsorship.
The program was briefly revived in 1958, but lasted only one season.
In 1959 he played himself in “Milton Berle Hides out at the
Ricardos.” Berle continued to perform live, in films, and on
television specials for the remainder of his career. One of his
classic bits was to dress in drag, something only hinted at in this
episode. Berle will return for three episodes of "The Lucy Show”
and two episodes of “Here’s Lucy.” On all but one, he again
played himself. He died of colon cancer in 2002.
(Jerry Bike, Milton Berle’s Agent) played Sam, who Lucy Ricardo tried
to fix up with Dorothy, in “The Matchmaker” (ILL S4;E5). He will
also play a waiter in a 1972 episode of “Here’s Lucy” starring
Donny Osmond. He made a half a dozen appearances with Milton Berle
on “Texaco Star Theatre” from 1953 to 1956.
(Mr. Potter) also played Mr. Potter in “Lucy at Marineland”
(S4;E1). He was a busy Canadian-born character actor making the
fourth of his six appearances on the series. He also made five
appearances on “Here’s Lucy.”
(Old Man, Autograph Hound) was a stage and radio actor making his
penultimate screen appearance before passing away nine months later.
(Eleanor, Columnist) was first seen with Lucille Ball as Mrs.
Spaulding, the first owner of the Ricardo’s Westport home in “Lucy
Wants to Move to the Country” (ILL S6;E15). She returned to “I
Love Lucy” to play one of the garden club judges in “Lucy Raises
Tulips” (ILL S6;E26). Audley was a New York born actress who
performed in eight Broadway plays between 1926 and 1944. She
specialized in snobbish society matron types, most notably as Eddie
Albert’s mother on TV’s “Green Acres” (1965). She is probably
best known, however, as the voice of two of Disney’s most memorable
animated villainesses: Lady Tremaine, the wicked stepmother in
and the evil Maleficent in Sleeping
This is her last appearance opposite Lucille Ball.
Reporter) made more than 45 appearances on “The Lucy Show,” all
as background characters. He also did 40 episodes of “Here’s
Lucy.” Gould (born Sydney Greenfader) was Lucille Ball’s cousin
by marriage to Gary Morton. Gould was married to Vanda Barra, who
also appeared on “The Lucy Show” starting in 1967, as well as on
few of the others at the press party are played by:
makes the last of his six appearances on “The Lucy Show” in
various roles. He will also be seen in two episodes of “Here’s
seen in two episodes of “I Love Lucy” and two films with Lucille
was Lucille Ball’s camera and lighting stand-in throughout “I
Love Lucy.” She also made frequent appearances on the show. Of her
many on-camera appearances on “The Lucy Show” only once was she
given a character name and credited, in “Lucy
Plays Cleopatra” (S1;E1).
She was also an uncredited extra in the film Forever
uncredited extras play the other guests at the press party and the
men at the soup kitchen.
night this episode first aired (December 6, 1965) “The Lucy Show”
was followed by an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” (filmed at
Desilu) which also featured Milton Frome (Jerry Bike).
Bike’s office is decorated with large photographs of Danny Thomas and
Berle and his agent are discussing him playing a serious role, Berle
mentions Joe Levine. Joe
the producer of the 1966 film The
in which Berle played a dramatic part. Although the film was
finished shooting at the time of this episode’s initial broadcast, it
would not be released until March 1966, so the already obscure
reference would be lost on viewers. The film (which is not mentioned
by name in the episode) also featured Paul Bradley, who is an extra
in this episode, as well as Jesse Wayne, “The Lucy Show” stunt
examples of actors who did research by “living” their roles,
Jerry Bike cites Paul Newman as a prizefighter and Marlon Brando as a
cowboy. Newman played boxer Rocky Graziano in the bio-pic Somebody
Up There Likes Me
in 1956. Brando played cowboy Rio in One-Eyed
in 1961. Neither film is mentioned by name in the episode.
about Newman and Brando, Milton Berle facetiously wonders what role
is preparing for? This may be a reference to Sinatra’s love love
after breaking off engagements to Lauren
1958 and Juliet
1962. It may also be referring to Sinatra’s ties to organized crime.
In 1963, he was stripped of his gaming license because a known
mobster was seen at his Lake Tahoe casino, one which Lucille Ball
herself was known to visit. Berle suggests he use Dean
as a role model to play a drunk. Martin’s affinity for alcohol has
been used as the source of humor previously on “The Lucy Show.”
Mooney’s Westland Bank is sponsoring meals at the South Side Soup
Kitchen. Upon entering the run down soup kitchen, Milton Berle says
was here once. Jack Benny took me here for dinner.”
Berle is playing upon Jack
persona of being a miser. Benny guest starred in “Lucy and the
Berle at first tells Lucy his name is Herman Berman. Lucy brings up
On New Year’s Day 1961 Lucille Ball was a mystery guest on “What’s
My Line?” where Shelley Berman was one of the panelists.
Mary Jane first recognizes Berle as someone famous, Lucy thinks he’s
In “Lucy Helps Danny Thomas” (S4;E7) she mistakenly attributes
the catch phrase “And
away we go!” to
Thomas when it was actually Jackie Gleason’s.
trying to remain incognito, Milton Berle mutters his famous
“I’ll kill you a million times.” His
cover is immediately blown.
Lucy is dressed as a poor flower seller, Mr. Mooney calls it a
Mary Poppins outfit.” Disney’s
(1964) was an Oscar-winning film that featured Julie Andrews.
Although Mary Poppins never dressed as a poor flower seller, Julie
Andrews did dress this way on stage in My
Fair Lady as
Eliza Doolittle. My
Fair Lady and
were both Oscar contenders in 1965.