Saturday, March 26, 2011
BOB LOVES LUCY - THE CAST OF I LOVE LUCY ON THE BOB HOPE CHEVY SHOW - NBC-TV - CIRCA 1956
In the fall of 1956, comic icon Bob Hope returned to NBC for a new season of Sunday night, comedy/variety specials, sponsored by General Motor's Chevrolet Division.
This was a much anticipated event and not just because Hope was a beloved performer, who earned the affection and respect of a generation of Americans, that he entertained in the face of the Great Depression and World War II.
On this night, Hope, for decades the biggest variety star on television, would welcome the greatest star in situation comedy, Lucille Ball.
Reciprocating for a guest appearance that Hope made on CBS-TV's I LOVE LUCY, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz made their NBC-TV debut performing on THE BOB HOPE CHEVY SHOW.
As you'll see in the clips posted, below, from the RAMBO53915 YOU TUBE site, Lucy and Bob played in a sketch that spoofed Ball& Arnaz's, top-rated I LOVE LUCY. The scene features Hope as Ricky Ricardo, plus Vivian Vance and Bill Frawley. It was produced with meticulous attention to every detail of the hit sitcom from the Tiffany Network.
As for Ball and Hope,the popular pair of jokers had worked together on film, radio and television.Their on screen chemistry was electric.
In the meantime, enjoy this confluence of comic genius on a Burbank soundstage.!!!
BONUS CLIP FROM THE MINNOWTRAPPERMD YOU TUBE SITE
THE I LOVE LUCY SKETCH IN COLOR.ENJOY!!!!