Lucille Ball was a popular American actress, comedienne, studio executive and writer. She was best known for her comedy roles in self-produced sitcoms, such as ‘Here’s Lucy,’ ‘Life with Lucy,’ ‘The Lucy Show,’ and ‘I Love Lucy.’ She started small with her acting career, with some lesser known films such as ‘Three Stooges,’ ‘Roberta,’ and ‘Follow the Fleet.’
She was tired of playing props in the comedy films where her work wasn’t appreciated. She took on the duties of producer and created a TV sitcom named ‘Love Lucy,’ which came out in the early 50s and became one of the most watched TV series’ of that time. She started gaining further prominence and appeared in some notable films, such as ‘The Long, Long Trailer,’ ‘Lured,' ‘The Dark Corner,’ ‘The Facts of Life,' ‘Five Came Back,’ and ‘Forever, Darling.’
She started a production house 'Desilu Productions' with her husband and it eventually became one of the most successful film production companies. Before merging with Paramount Pictures in the late 60s, the company produced some successful shows, such as ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Mission: Impossible,’ and ‘The Untouchables.’ Her vast filmography also saw some failed films, such as ‘Moulin Rogue,’ ‘One Live Ghost,’ and ‘Thats Right-You’re Wrong.’
Top Hat is a musical romantic film which tells the story of Jerry Travers, a tap dancer who comes to London to star in a show that is being produced by Horace Hardwick. He soon meets the model Dale Tremont, and tries to impress her to win her affection.
The three stooges are hired to dress up as football players and promote a professional team. They are soon mistaken for three famed professional players, known as the ‘The Three Horsemen’ and are recruited to play for a football team. With no idea how to play football, the three soon find themselves in a world of trouble.
A poor Brooklyn boy inherits $77 million from his biological father; but to get it he must travel to Egypt. Traveling in the same ship is his father’s common-law wife and her rogue boyfriend, intending to lay claim on the booty and so is his sponsor, who is also expecting a share. Then there is a local sheikh who is unwilling to give up the money.
Young history enthusiast Eddie, a simple-minded delivery boy in West Rome, Oklahoma, is banished from the town by dishonest politicians. He collides with a cart and in an unconscious state, dreams of being a slave in Ancient Rome. There, too, he faces troubles with corruption similar to his home town, and gets embroiled in a plot against the life of the Emperor.
While returning back home after attending partner Algy’s wedding, British detective Captain Hugh ‘Bulldog’ Drummond wanders into an old mansion in search of a telephone, where he finds a corpse. But the body disappears as Drummond calls the police. With friend Algy and the dead man’s daughter, Lola, Drummond uncovers Achmed’s evil plot to get illicit cargo in London. But the annoyed Achmed resolves to hunt down Drummond.
Effie Floud unwittingly hires a struggling American actor, Arthur Tyler, to be the butler at her American home, after mistaking him for an aristocratic British butler named Humphrey. Humphrey is further assumed to be the future husband of the family’s tomboyish daughter Agatha, creating even more humorous situations.
In order to pay for the house she and her fiancé Humphrey wish for, bumbling Sally Elliot takes up door-to-door sales job with Fuller Brush Cosmetics; but unintentionally gets caught in a murder case. Afraid that she will be the first suspect, Sally with Humphrey tries to track the real culprit. The chase leads them to an ocean-going ship with hilarious consequences.
This comedy drama film tells the story of a gambler who leaves his little daughter with Sorrowful Jones as a marker for his bet. However, when her father doesn’t return, things turn complicated for Sorrowful.
Three pairs of neighbors plan yearly vacations together, but when Kitty Weaver and Larry Gilbert are stuck together in the absence of their spouses, they fall in love. Once the vacation is over and they cannot shake off their feelings for each other, they must decide whether to end their respective marriages and start over.
Dick Richmond, a bookie who uses phony realty business as a front, hires not-too-bright Ellen Grant as his secretary to cover-up his betting operations. Inadvertently, she involves the ‘realtor’ Richmond into a low-cost housing scheme when her friends are in need. Then, there is Peggy, Richmond’s ex-girlfriend, who is trying to get him back. Can Ellen help him out of this problem?
This comedy film revolves around two friends Chuck and Steve, who like to find new ways to insult, prank and outdo one another. When both of them fall for a lovely girl named Lucy, their games turn more serious.
Married for five years, chemical engineer, Lorenzo Xavier Vega, has been neglecting his wife, Susan, because he is too busy inventing a new insecticide. When Susan’s guardian angel appears and advises her to support her husband, she decides to accompany her husband on a camping trip. Unfortunately, everything starts going wrong.
Jack Ellery, who is staging opening night of Earl Carroll’s latest musical show, calls police-detective Bill Murdock when leading lady Ann Ware’s life is suspected to be in danger. As Bill investigates backstage, two ladies are found murdered. While the musical numbers continue, Bill has to find the murderer before the revue ends, else the killer can escape with exiting crowds.
Susan Middlecott, who is the dean of a college, feels that there is no room in her life for romance. However, things take a turn when she meets a charming British professor of astronomy named Alec Stevenson. However, she still resists being paired with him, but things don’t go as planned.
This 1949 American drama film tells the story of Pete Wilson, the highest paid professional footballer in his league. Though he wishes to retire due to his age, his wife doesn’t want him to, due to which he has to risk his health.
Shy busboy, Little Pinks, is in an unrequited love with haughty and selfish singer Gloria Lyons, the girlfriend of gangster and nightclub owner Case Ables. Gloria becomes paralyzed after being knocked down by Case, following which Pinks selflessly takes care of her and even takes her from Manhattan to Florida to reunite her with a former lover.
Successful Broadway star, Maggie Garret, finds herself in debt thanks to extravagant spendings by her mooching parents and relatives. When an admirer Dan latches on to her, she gets him arrested and is later appointed his probation officer. Eventually, she falls in love with the free-spirited Dan and finally escapes the clutches of her family.
Coatroom attendant, Louis Blore, adores the nightclub's star singer, May Daly, who is in love with poor dancer Alec Howe but wants to marry an arrogant patron for money. When Louis wins a huge sum in sweepstakes, he immediately wants to marry May, but after having a spiked drink, slips into a dream that changes his perspective.
Ace Connors is a con-man who is about to go to prison for the theft of half-a-million dollar worth of bonds. He arranges a deal to reduce his sentence by testifying against his former partner in crime. Shortly after, he feels that a con-woman, a cop, and his former crime-partner are after his hidden bonds.
Private Eddie Marsh has recently joined the army but possesses an entertainer’s spirit. On his way to arranging a grand show for his fellow soldiers, he falls in love with Colonel Bill Jones’ daughter Kathryn. Now he must put on the greatest show to impress the Colonel and get his blessings.
After doing his last performance of the season, Edgar Bergen hosts an engagement party for his assistant Julie and his business partner Jerry. He soon sets off on an aircraft on a vacation, but gets lost.
This film tells the story of a young man named Mio Romagna, who is quite sure that his father, Bartolomeo. was innocent, and was executed due to a wrongful conviction. More than a decade later, he tries to uncover the truth.
Renaissance artist-goldsmith Benevenuto Cellini of Florence, who is commissioned to do artwork for the Palace of Medici, sets his sight on the duchess of Florence, who reciprocates his feelings. Although the wavering, unintelligent duke Alessandro is smitten with Cellini’s model Angela, he orders Cellini to be hanged. But a series of ensuing twists and turns work out in favor of Cellini.
Johnny Grey is a soldier who is engaged to a singer named Mapy. However, he soon comes to know that he is the heir to a $ 100,000 from his great-grandfather but to claim it, he must marry another woman named Terry Havelock-Allen. He tries to figure out a temporary marriage-of-convenience with her.
Bored with her life, office girl Teddy goes off to a mountain camp for rest and solitude. On the way, she meets Chick, a law student intending to work as a waiter. Shortly, they fall in love and on their last day at the camp, Chick admits that he cannot marry her immediately, but they can become lovers, an idea that infatuates Teddy.
Stefan is the star player of his high school football team, who is hoping that his football skills will earn him a scholarship, as this is the only chance he has to get out of his town. However, after having a heated argument with his coach, he is kicked out of the team. He is also blacklisted from college recruiters, and now he finds himself at a dead-end.
This 1963 comedy drama film revolves around a theatre critic who gets into trouble with his wife for giving a negative review to her poorly-written play.
I Dream Too Much is a musical romantic comedy film, which revolves around Jonathan, a struggling composer who gets married to a woman named Annette. She tries to help him get his music published, but instead in the process, she becomes a star as an opera singer. Frustrated with this, Jonathan decides to leave her.
Ramoth is a prince whose father, the Caliph, is murdered along with his mother, by an usurper named Ali. He is raised by his uncle and after he grows up, he decides to fight Ali and his minions, with the help of a magic carpet.
Lucille Ball Awards
|The Lucy Show||Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series||1968|
|The Lucy Show||Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series||1967|
|I Love Lucy||Best Actress - Continuing Performance||1956|