Lucy and Clint Walker
S4;E24 ~ March 7, 1966
Lucy wants to knit a sweater for her boyfriend for his birthday. After she cleverly obtains his measurements, she finds out he hates the color she has chosen.
Lucille Ball (Lucy Carmichael), Gale Gordon (Theodore J. Mooney), Mary Jane Croft (Mary Jane Lewis)
Clint Walker (Frank Winslow) is probably best remembered as the title character in “Cheyenne” (1955-1962), TV’s first hour-long western. In real life, he had a twin sister named Lucille. Walker previously appeared as Frank Winslow in “Lucy and the Sleeping Beauty” (S4;E9). On May 30, 2017, he celebrated his 90th birthday.
Frank says he was born in Iowa and from a family of five sisters. As a kid, he got second prize in a spelling bee winning a pair of roller skates. He didn’t want the first prize, a red sled. He hates the color red because the teacher circled his bad grades in red ink. Frank has a lethargic basset hound named Lightning.
Sid Gould (Sid, Off Screen Voice) 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 appeared as Sam, another one of Frank’s construction workers, in “Lucy and the Sleeping Beauty” (S4;E9).
(Bank Employee at the Picnic) was Desi Arnaz’s stand-in during “I
Love Lucy.” He does frequent background work on “The Lucy Show.”
Bennett and a female partner are disqualified from the balloon race as the picnic scene opens.
male and female background performers play the Bank Employees at the
episode was filmed on February 3, 1966.
is the owner of Winslow Construction. In this episode he is building
residential homes instead of a skyscraper as he did in his previous appearance.
Frank has a basset hound named Lightning, who seems to have a propensity to fall asleep, much like his master did in “Lucy and the Sleeping Beauty” (S4;E9).
Lucy reads a Columbia-Minerva catalog, a company that made yarn and other knitting and millinery products. They were founded in 1902 and today are known as Minerva Mills.
Frank’s birthday is the same day as the Westland Bank’s Annual Employee picnic.
When Lucy oversleeps, Mr. Mooney says he has had one of the quietest morning’s since Roosevelt closed the banks. On March 6, 1933, after a month-long run on banks, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed a Bank Holiday that shut down the American banking system. When the banks reopened on March 13, depositors stood in line to return their hoarded cash.
Frank plays the harmonica at the picnic. Apparently the bank picnic is open to more than just bank employees. Lucy brings along Frank, Mary Jane and her boyfriend Harold (who is not seen on camera). In an earlier scene, Lucy asks Frank if he likes a turkey sandwich. Frank says no - the whole turkey. So Lucy brings a whole roasted turkey to the picnic.
Lucy’s transistor radio is seen at the picnic. This is a frequently used prop on the show, even before Lucy moved to California.
For winning the balloon race, Lucy and Frank win a Lawrence Welk album complete with bubble pipe. Lawrence Welk was a hugely popular bandleader who would appear as himself on a 1970 episode of “Here’s Lucy.” Welk called his orchestra and singers ‘The Champagne Music Makers’ so a soap bubble machine was often used to imitate the bubbles from a glass of Champagne.
This episode features a sleepy basset hound named Lightning. “Kiddie Parties Inc.” (S2;E2) featured a sleepy blood hound named Thunderbolt.
Mary Jane says she wishes she had a boyfriend as handsome and well built as Frank. She says that her boyfriend Harold is short and skinny and has a size 2 neck. In “Lucy and the Golden Greek” (S4;E2) her boyfriend was named Jim (Robert Fortier, above) who was tall, handsome and muscular, just like Frank.
Lucy comes home with the bags of yarn, she does not shut the front
door. Mary Jane walks through it and also does not shut it. This is
typical of “The Lucy Show.”
idea to knit a fire engine red wool sweater to give to a macho construction
worker as a birthday gift at a warm-weather Southern California
picnic is a somewhat impractical idea. But it’s the thought that counts!