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“I Love Lucy” Friday: When Lucy comes face-to-face with William Holden at the Brown Derby

Titled L.A. At Last!, this classic episode of I Love Lucy first aired on Feb. 7, 1955.

It is the first episode set in Hollywood during the show’s fourth season.

Arriving in Hollywood, Lucy goes star hunting at the Brown Derby, and finds William Holden in the next booth.

Later in the episode, we know that Lucy puts on putty nose that catches fire when she tries to disguise herself from the move star who she had encountered at the Brown Derby earlier in the day.

But this clip is the real gem in my opinion: the face-to-face encounter between Lucy and Holden at the restaurant. It is just brilliant comedy from the moment when Ethel is mouthing the words: “William Holden is behind you!” to when Lucy is trying to eat her spaghetti as Holden stares at her.

My favorite moment of all is when Ethel takes out a little pair of scissors to cut Lucy’s spaghetti which had gotten a little too unweildly.

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3 Remarks

  1. May 5th, 2012 at 4:44 am
    VDUFFORD says:

    Great post!
    The putty nose was Lucy’s favorite comedy bit that she ever had done!
    Dani Sue Nolan who played Sherman’s secretary was director Bill Asher’s wife in real life.
    Script received an Emmy nomination the next year.
    The apple pie was really applesauce that Lucy dumped on Holden.
    Holden then a big star (and a personal favorite) went to Japan right after his Lucy bit aired. He was starting filming on ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ as he walked down the streets of Tokyo people would yell “LOVE LUCY…LOVE LUCY”. Japan was one of the first foreign countries to show I love Lucy shows.

  2. Ugh I watched this episode years ago on Nickatnite when it used to come on there yum this guy was such a hunk I had a huge crush on him back then its sad he died but man was he a hunk. Gorgeous handsome and had that sexy voice to boot. Wish I was alive back in the 50s and he was gay is all I can say if I go any further well it wont be posted lol

  3. May 7th, 2012 at 8:00 am
    ND Mitchell says:

    Too funny…nice way to start a Monday!

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