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LUCY AND THE BOGIE AFFAIR

S2;E13 ~ December 15, 1969

Directed by Herbert Kenwith ~ Written by Pat McCormick and Jim McGinn

Synopsis

When Kim and Craig find a stray dog in the rain, they take it home and name it Bogie.  Next morning, it gives birth to a litter of puppies!  Just as they’ve managed to give away all the puppies to good homes, Harry hears that there’s a reward and they have to retrieve them again!  

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

Lord Nelson (Bogie) makes his fourth appearance with Lucille Ball after playing Nelson, Mr. Mooney’s dog in three episodes of “The Lucy Show.”  

Jack LaLanne (Himself) was a nationally known exercise guru who owned a chain of health clubs and hosted a long-running television show from 1952 to 1983.  

Happy (Himself) is Jack LaLanne’s dog.  He appeared with LaLanne on many of his television shows.

Eugene Molnar (Jack’s Cameraman) appeared on four episodes of the series. These are his only screen credits.

Sherry Alberoni (Candy) was a second-season replacement Mousketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club” (1955).  She also dubbed Patty Duke’s vocals in the film Valley of the Dolls (1967).  This is her only appearance with Lucille Ball. 

Steve March (Steve) is the son of Mel Torme and the adopted son of the Arnaz family’s friend, Hal March. Mel Torme appeared several times on “The Lucy Show.”  Hal March appeared on “I Love Lucy.”  Steve March will appear in one more episode starring Sammy Davis Jr. and will write a song for an episode starring Ann-Margret.  

Debbie Westcott (Debbie Westcott) was the daugher of Desilu Prop Master Kenneth Westcott.  This is her only screen credit.

Irwin Charone (Mr. Farnsworth) made five appearances on “The Lucy Show.” The expressive character actor also did an equal number of “Here’s Lucy” episodes. He died in January 2016 in Maplewood, New Jersey, at the age of 93.

This is the first of 14 episodes directed by Herbert Kenwith. Born in New Jersey, Kenwith started out as an actor on Broadway, and then produced 65 productions at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre.  One of these starred a young Lucille Ball, in a show headed to Broadway but never made it due to the serious illness of its leading man.  He died in 2008 at the age of 90.  

This is the first and only episode of the series written by comedian turned writer Pat McCormick. McCormick previously wrote “Lucy in London” in 1966.  This is the only episode written by Jim McGinn as well as his only collaboration with McCormick.  

Lucille Ball was a dog lover and owned many dogs during her life.  

Kim and Craig name the dog they find Bogie because it had the same sad look standing in the rain as Humphrey Bogart does at the end of 1942’s Casablanca.

When Kim effusively hugs her mother  when she comes home, Lucy reminds her she was “just at work, not walking on the moon!” The moon walk of John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin occurred on July 20, 1969 just after this episode went before the cameras.  

Coming home in a thunderstorm, Lucy unwittingly says “It’s not a fit night out for man, nor beast!” not knowing the kids have hidden Bogie in the kitchen.  Lucy initially attributes the quote to Shakespeare (wrong!) and then to W.C. Fields (right!). The line was spoken by Fields in the 1933 film The Fatal Glass of Beer.  The quote was also spoken by Gale Gordon in “Lucy and the Monsters” (TLS S3;E18)

When Lucy sees Bogie in the kitchen, she jokes that he’s a shaggy horse and calls him “Matt Dillon’s last mount!” Matt Dillon was a character played by James Arness on “Gunsmoke,” the long-running western that was “Here’s Lucy”’s lead-in on CBS.

After Lucy agrees to let Bogie stay, she says “If you want anything, just whistle” paraphrasing Lauren Bacall’s famous line to Humphrey Bogart in the film To Have and Have Not (1944).

The nine puppies go to:

  1. Stevie – Craig’s girl crazy classmate
  2. Blanche – Lucy’s lonely friend from New Orleans
  3. Candy – Kim’s friend looking for the latest trend
  4. Pauline Lopus – Lucy’s friend looking for a watchdog
  5. Debbie Westcott – Craig’s classmate who takes a puppy in exchange for going steady with Craig  
  6. Natalie Schwartz (unseen) – a friend of Craig’s
  7. Freddy Dawson (unseen) – a friend of Kim’s

Lucy tries to give one to Jack LaLanne but he ends up giving her one of his dog Happy’s pups instead.  Including the one she was intending to give LaLanne, this still leaves one puppy unaccounted for by the script.

Lucy’s telephone call with an unseen Blanche from New Orleans is likely a nod to Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play and 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire, whose principal character Blanche Dubois lives in New Orleans.

To convince Candy that owning old English Sheepdog puppies is the newest fad, Kim crops photos of the pups with music celebrities Barbra Streisand and Herb Alpert and tapes the photos to the inside of her locker.  In 1969 singer Streisand won an Oscar for her performance in the film Funny Girl. Herb Albert was a trumpeter who performed with his group the Tijuana Brass.  In 1969 they released the album Warm.

Lucy’s telephone call with the unseen Pauline Lopus is a tribute to her childhood friend Flo Pauline Lopus, whose name used on many Lucille Ball sitcoms.  

Harry has been diagnosed with an allergy to dog fur.  In “Lucy and Harry’s Tonsils” (S2;E5) we learn that Harry is also allergic to flowers.  

Harry dictates a letter to Rylander, Mosier and Tebbit. These names are Gale Gordon’s go-to addressees for dictation, having been used on both “Here’s Lucy” and on “The Lucy Show.”  

Craig says he is now going steady with both Debbie Westcott and Natalie Schwartz. Kim has to go the prom and the spring formal with Freddy Dawson (who she calls “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”). Both Natalie and Freddy don’t appear on camera. In real life, Natalie Schwartz was a wealthy friend of Lucille Ball’s from Rancho Mirage.  Her husband Danny was the owner of Elmhurst Dairies in Queens, NY.  

Trying to get the reward for Bogie and the nine pups, Harry appoints himself banker of the group.  This is ironic since Gale Gordon’s previous character with Lucille Ball was banker Theodore J. Mooney.  

In the high school scenes, Craig wears his letter sweater with the large “A” on the chest.  It was mentioned in “Lucy and Carol Burnett” (S1;E17) that Kim and Craig attend Angeles High School.  In that episode, many of these sweaters were worn by the boys in the chorus of the musical fundraiser.  

Humphrey Bogart never appeared on screen with Lucille Ball.  However, in “Ricky’s Movie Offer” (ILL S4;E5) Desi Arnaz does an impression of Bogart.  

In “Lucy and the Andrews Sisters” (S2;E6) Lucy blows a kiss to a large poster of Bogart from the movie Casablanca. Coincidentally, a poster of W.C. Fields - who Lucy quotes in the episode - hung next to Bogart!

Lucy’s children bring home a dog against their mother’s wishes, just like Little Ricky did in “Little Ricky Gets a Dog” (ILL S6;E14).  

The only other “Lucy” show to feature more dogs was “Lucy and Viv Learn Judo” (TLS S1;E22) in 1963.

Shut the Door!  When Harry comes in to share the news about the reward, he leaves the front door open – in a house with unleashed dogs!  

Where the Floor Ends!  In Jack Lalanne’s studio and in the Carter home, the camera pulls back too far and reveals the cement stage floor.  This is a weekly occurrence.  

“Lucy and the Bogie Affair” rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5 

This episode is for dog lovers!  The cute puppies and shaggy Bogie are the best parts.  There is some attempt at a funny montage of getting rid of the dogs to various owners, but it lacks comic rhythm.  Jack LaLanne was a better fitness coach than an actor!  Unusually, the comic finale of the episode happens off-screen!