Lucy and Viv decide to check out the horror movies their boys have
been watching, This causes Lucy to have a nightmare in which she and Viv are trapped in
a haunted castle where they encounter a variety of horror movie
characters - until their host turns them into witches themselves!
Ball (Lucy Carmichael), Vivian Vance (Vivian Bagley), Gale Gordon
(Theodore J. Mooney), Jimmy Garrett (Jerry Carmichael), Ralph Hart
Hart’s face is completely hidden by a Frankenstein mask and he has no
dialogue, merely grunts. This is his first appearance on the show
since “Lucy’s Contact Lenses” (S3;E10).
Moore (Chris Carmichael) does not appear in this episode.
(Loretta, the Gorilla Maid) played a gorilla in his very first screen
and His Mate
(1934). He donned the gorilla suit 18 more times from 1954 to 1978.
His final simian character was on “The Incredible Hulk.” This is
his first appearance on “The Lucy Show” and he will return as a
gorilla in two more. He also played human characters on two
(Ringo, the Werewolf Butler) also played the wolf man in two episodes
of TV’s “The Adventures of The Spirit” in 1963. Like George
Barrows, Burns played many on-screen gorillas, including on an
of “My Three Sons” in 1966. Burns was a good friend of Glenn
Strange, the last actor to play Frankenstein in a Universal horror
film. He is also a world
renown archivist and historian of props, costumes, and other screen
used paraphernalia from science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies.
One of his prized possessions is the the wolf’s cane handle from The
Wolf Man (1941).
(The ‘Head’ of the Household) played a waiter in Abbott
and Costello Meet the Mummy
in 1955 and a gypsy on “The Munsters” ten years later. From 1953
to 1971 he was a regular on “The Red Skelton Show” on CBS, often
play Klem Kadiddlehopper’s father. This is his only appearance with
(The Mummy) was first employed by Desilu in a 1962 episode of “The
Untouchables.” This “Lucy Show” marks his fourth of 144 screen
credits to date. He was also seen in a 1969 episode of “Here’s
Lucy.” Haig appeared in the horror re-boots Night
of the Living Dead 3D
(2006) and Halloween
(Morris, the Chair) was
a popular Hollywood extra who first acted with Lucille Ball in the
1953 film The
Long, Long Trailer.
He was previously seen on the series as Stan Williams in “Lucy
Digs Up a Date” (S1;E2).
He was seen in more than 20 episodes of “The Lucy Show” and 3
episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”
is completely concealed by the chair costume and does not speak.
(Count Dracula) played a psychic on an episode of the TV series
“Werewolf” in 1987. This is his only appearance with Lucille
Camera Coordinator Maury Thompson (above left) and assistant director
/ associate producer Tommy Thompson (above right) came up with the
premise for this episode and receive screen credit for the story.
and Sherman went to the State theater to see the double-feature The
Surfing Werewolf and The
Eggplant That Ate Philadelphia.
Both of these are fictional films. This is the first mention of the
State movie theatre. The Bijou and The Danfield Theatre were both
mentioned in “No More Double Dates” (S1;E21).
wears a black cape and Sherman wears a Frankenstein mask. Other than
this visual image, the Frankenstein monster is not mentioned or
depicted in the dream. Frankenstein and Dracula were already
represented on CBS by “The Munsters” (1964-1966) on Thursday
nights. The series imagined the Universal monsters in a family-based
sitcom similar to “Father Knows Best.”
mentions the 1939 film classic Gone
With the Wind. Lucille Ball was
considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara during the film’s initial
casting. The role eventually went to British actress Vivian Leigh (right).
and Viv come home on edge after seeing movies about “Monsters
and werewolves and man-eating plants.”The Eggplant That
Ate Philadelphia may have been inspired by the 1960 low-budget
comedy / horror film The Little Shop of Horrors, about
a mysterious plant that thrives on human blood.
Gordon gets a smattering of entrance applause from the studio
Mooney jokingly hums a few bars of “Funeral March” to scare Lucy
and Viv. Frédéric
is formally known as Piano
Sonata No. 2 in B Flat
Minor, Opus 35 and was completed in
1839. Throwing his coat over his shoulders like a cape, he says “It
isn’t a fit night out for man nor beast!”
This is a paraphrase of a quote spoken by W.C.
Fields in the 1933 film short The
Fatal Glass of Beer.
protects herself from monsters by wearing a garlic necklace (to ward
off evil spirits) and holding one of Jerry’s wooden tent stakes (the
only way to kill a vampire). Both of
these tactics are part of the vampire mythology as set forth in Bram
Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula.
monster characters featured are mostly from the Universal Studios
pantheon of monsters: Dracula (1931), The Mummy (1932)
and The Wolf Man (1941). Background player Monty O'Grady was a
villager in The Wolf Man and later appeared in 14 episodes of “The
Lucy Show” and 6 episodes of “Here’s Lucy.” One of Universal’s
most famous monsters was The Bride of Frankenstein (1935),
played by Elsa Lanchester. Lanchester guest-starred as a possible
hatchet murderess on “Off To Florida” (ILL S6;E6) and as a
hardened criminal in “Lucy Goes To Prison,” a 1973 episode of
“Here’s Lucy.” The Bride of Frankenstein is also mentioned in
“Lucy Writes a Play” (ILL S1;E17). Universal Studios theme parks
in Hollywood and Florida later hosted a Lucille Ball exhibit, also
selling collectible merchandise and souvenirs.
Count Dracula, Mr. Mooney calls his werewolf butler by the name
'Ringo.’ This is a joke about Ringo
the Beatles, a popular singing group known for their long and shaggy
hairstyles. The Beatles have been mentioned several times on “The
Lucy and Viv are transformed into ugly witches, they quote the Wierd
Sisters from William Shakespeare’s MacBeth:
double, toil and trouble. Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”
find out who is the prettiest witch, Lucy and Viv ask the magic
mirror by saying
“Mirror, mirror on the wall; Who’s the fairest of them all?”
This is the same query the Evil Queen asks her magic mirror in the
1937 animated Disney film Snow
White and the Seven Dwarves.
In the original Brothers Grimm story that the film is based upon,
however, the question posed is “Who
is the most beautiful in all the land?”
the dream sequence, witch Lucy calls witch Viv ’Sassafrassa.’
This is actually the name Lucille Ball gave an imaginary childhoood
friend who assured her she would one day be a movie star. Once she
moved from Jamestown to nearby Celoron, Lucy would often call her
best friend Pauline Lopus 'Pauline Sassafrassa.’ Other sources say
Lucille Ball imagined herself to be a famous film star named
mouse also scares Lucy and Viv in “Vivian Sues Lucy” (S1;E10).
That episode also features an insert shot of a live mouse. Women being afraid of mice was a typical TV trope of the time.
is the first time there has been a 'dream sequence’ on “The Lucy
Show.” In “Ricky’s Old Girlfriend” (ILL S3;E12) Lucy dreams of
what life would be like without Ricky if he left her for Carlotta
Romero, a sexy Cuban dancer. The dream takes her 25 years into the
most famous dream sequence on “I Love Lucy” was “Lucy Goes To
Scotland” (ILL S5;E17) where Lucy Ricardo imagines re-visiting her
relatives in Scotland, but dreams in the musical comedy format.
Except for the brief opening and closing scenes, the entire episode
is comprised of a dream.
witch Lucy and witch Viv try to flee Dracula’s castle, the escape
turns into an impromptu square dance, with the Head as the caller.
This is similar to the impromptu escape that helps the Ricardos and
the Mertzes flee Bent Fork in “Tennessee Bound” (ILL S4;E14). In
that episode, Ernie Ford was the caller.
Ricardo disguised herself as an armchair when spying on the “New
Neighbors” (ILL S1;E21). Like the Morris chair in this episode,
Lucy’s arms also were the arms of the chair.
and Viv recruit Mr. Mooney to 'babysit’ with Jerry and Sherman, but
it is not clear why Chris (now in her late teens) cannot watch them
or even where she might be.
they are supposedly sleeping in Lucy’s bedroom, the bed frame and the
painting above the bed are the same ones seen in Viv’s bedroom in
Lucy’s bedroom in “Lucy Buys a Sheep” (S1;E5)
has a completely different layout than this one. The rocking chair
and the white wood dresser, however, are the same.
the bedroom, as Viv reaches for the switch, Lucy yells for her not to
turn off the lights but the light switch is already in the 'off’
Lucy shakes her garlic necklace to ward off the evil spirits, the
hollow sound it makes indicates that they are fabricated cloves and
not real garlic.
the telephone booth door is flung open to reveal the skeleton, it
immediately starts to swing shut again, but Viv quickly grabs it with
her right hand and holds it open so the skeleton can be seen on
camera and by the studio audience, thus neatly avoiding a re-take.
Lucy and Viv are strapped to a table so Dracula can turn them into witches, the screen fades to black for the commercial
break and the head of a crew member prominently enters the camera
frame on the right. Unfortunately, the newest DVD release did not
eliminate this goof by cropping the frame, as they have done with
the potted plant spits up the year-old tea, the spray lands on the
tan sofa, making a large wet mark where Viv (dressed in pajamas) is
supposed to sit. She scoots over a bit to avoid the wet patch.
the magic mirror comes crashing down to the floor rather than saying
who is the fairest in the land, Lucy or Viv, part of the Styrofoam
wall behind it also caves in!
“Lucy and the Monsters” rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5
I’m just dropping by to say something that’s been happening a lot, both with custom Sheps as well as custom Hawkes in the DA fandom.
Jane Shepard is the default female red head & only refers to her (unless someone really named their Shepard-Jane)
Jane Shepard is not someones custom Shepard.
John Shepard or the abbreviation, Sheploo, is the default male Shepard, modeled after Mark Vanderloo (unless someone really named their Shepard-John)
John Shepard/Sheploo is not someones custom Shepard.
Do not use Sheploo for custom male Shepards.
Femshep is for any female Shepards, maleshep is for any male Shepards, Commander Shepard or Shepard are good for any regardless of gender. All of these are acceptable for default & custom Shepards.
Marian Hawke is the default pale short black haired female Hawke.
Garrett Hawke is the default pale black haired grizzled male Hawke.
Do not use “Marian Hawke”, “Garrett Hawke”, “Default Hawke” for custom Hawkes, regardless if they use the same hairstyle.
Hawke is an acceptable tag for those who you are unsure of their first name & are good for any regardless of gender & regardless if they are custom or default
Please, out of courtesy for the original poster do not misname/tag their OCs, especially for POC characters (that’s white washing, eeek!). This is why I conveniently have two separate tags for default Jane & custom Shepards that I do not know the names of off the top of my head.
In the future if you reblog a custom Shepard from me & incorrectly name them, I will ask you to fix it. It takes two seconds to look in the tags for their name, but it means a lot to the OP.
Terribly phone quality pictures of my two favorite Shepards: Garrett on the left and Gabriel on the right. I didn’t realize how similar they looked until now, but they have their (albeit subtle) differences. Garrett is a Paragade Infiltrator, romancing Jack. Gabriel is a Vanguard and is full Renegade (well he will be, just started ME3 with him) and he’s romancing Tali. Gah, I wish my PC could handle Mass Effect so I could make these guys look waaay better than I can on the Xbox.