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The Lucy Show - Season 1 - Episode 19 - Lucy's Barbershop Quartet

Published on 27 Nov 2019 / In Comedy

The Lucy Show - Season 1 - Episode 19, Lucy's Barbershop Quartet 1963.

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A member of the girl's volunteer fire department is moving and will have to drop out of Viv's barbershop quartet. Lucy is very hurt that she is left out of the volunteer firemen's barbershop quartet.

She trys to convince Viv and her friends to let her fill the vacant spot. Lucy auditions for the quartet by singing "Be My Little Baby Bumblebee". Desperate for a fourth member so they can compete in a big contest, the women are forced to let her join.

Though Lucy talks loudly, they can barely hear her sing, so they call in a vocal coach to teach her how to project. With the aid of voice teacher Dr. Gitterman, she learns to sing out loud and stay on key. But the instructor can do nothing for the stage fright that seizes the redhead when she learns that the groups first performance will be in front of three thousand people.

Special Notes: Lucille loved working with Hans Conried, who plays the voice teacher. The entire voice lesson scene will be repeated the following season in the episode "Lucy Teaches Ethel Merman to Sing", with Lucy as the teacher and Ethel Merman as the nonplussed pupil. Lucy references the great vocal coach Dr. Gitterman who taught her how to sing and teaches Merman his technique.

The Lucy Show is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1962 to 1968. It was Lucille Ball's follow-up to I Love Lucy. A significant change in cast and premise for the fourth season (1965–1966) divides the program into two distinct eras; aside from Ball, only Gale Gordon, who joined the program for its second season, remained. For the first three seasons, Vivian Vance was the co-star.

The earliest scripts were entitled The Lucille Ball Show, but when this title was rejected by CBS, producers thought of calling the show This Is Lucy or The New Adventures of Lucy, before deciding on the title The Lucy Show. Ball won consecutive Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the series' final two seasons, 1966–67 and 1967–68.

Genre Sitcom
Created by
Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Davis
Bob Schiller
Bob Weiskopf
Lucille Ball
Based on Life Without George
by Irene Kampen
Directed by
Jack Donohue
Maury Thompson
Lucille Ball
Vivian Vance
Gale Gordon
Mary Jane Croft
Candy Moore
Ralph Hart
Jimmy Garrett
Narrated by Roy Rowan
Theme music composer Wilbur Hatch
Wilbur Hatch
Julian Davidson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 156 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Desi Arnaz (Episodes 1–15)
Elliott Lewis (1962–1964)
Lucille Ball
Gary Morton
Elliott Lewis (1962)
Tommy Thompson
Jack Donohue
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
Desilu Productions
Paramount Television
(season 6)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Picture format
Black and white (1962–1963)
Color (1963–1968)
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 1, 1962 –
March 11, 1968

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