I Love Lucy ran from 1951 to 1957. The light-hearted show followed the exploits of Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), hoped that his restless wife Lucy (Lucille Ball) would just be a housewife, instead of constantly attempting to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and generally making life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz. I Love Lucy was a groundbreaking show in many ways, including being the first major show to be put on film rather than kinescope.
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I Love Lucy starred Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo, Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo, Vivian Vance as Ethel Mertz, William Frawley as Fred Mertz, Johnny Jacobs as the show’s announcer, Frank Nelson as Ralph Ramsey, Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Matilda Trumbull, Doris Singleton as Caroline Appleby, Kathryn Card as Mrs. McGillicudy, Bob Jellison as Bobby the Bellboy, Mary Jane Croft as Betty Ramsey, Barbara Pepper, Richard Reeves, Bennett Green, Hazel Pierce, Jerry Hausner, Louis Nicoletti, and at various times Richard Keith, Michael Mayer, Joseph A. Mayer as well as twins Richard and Ronald Lee Simmons played Little Ricky Ricardo.
Some of the many guest appearances on the I Love Lucy Show included Fred Aldrich, Herb Vigran, Lee Millar, Shepard Menken, Ross Elliott, Lou Krugman, Peggy Rea, Kay Wiley, Charles Lane, Tyler McVey, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Lawrence Dobkin, Jay Novello, Dayton Lummis, Elvia Allman, Harry Bartell, Allen Jenkins, John Hart, Margie Liszt, Marco Rizo, Bess Flowers, William Hamel, Ruth Perrott, Shirley Mitchell, Ray Ferrell, Hal March, Gale Gordon, Edith Meiser, Joseph Kearns, Irving Bacon, Alberto Morin, Hans Conried, Myra Marsh, Stanley Farrar, Parley Baer, Jess Oppenheimer, Hy Averback, Vivi Janiss, Phil Arnold, Verna Felton, Sandra Gould, Hazel Boyne, Charlotte Lawrence, Ken Christy, June Whitley Taylor, John Emery, Philip Ober, Tony Michaels, Peter Leeds, Maurice Marsac, Will Wright, Paul Power, Frank Gerstle, Lillian Molieri, Mario Siletti, Madge Blake, Byron Kane, Dick Elliott, Mary Emery, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., Allan Ray, Don Garner, Jack Chefe, Maxine Semon, John Gallaudet, Iva Shepard, Peter Brocco, John Mylong, Vicente Padula, Trevor Ward, Eleanor Audley and Tristram Coffin.
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