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"A true genius. I owe so much to his creativity and friendship." (Lucille Ball)
Jess Oppenheimer, "the brains" behind I Love Lucy, gives us an insider's view of this groundbreaking show, generously interspersed with recordings of classic Lucy radio and TV comedy performances - including her famous "Vitameatavegamin" routine.
Oppenheimer weaves a wonderfully entertaining tale of the creation of this landmark series and its evolution from Lucy's hit radio sitcom, My Favorite Husband. Lucy aficionados will delight in his personal accounts of stars like Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, Vivian Vance, and of course, Lucille Ball.
Narrated by three-time I Love Lucy veteran Larry Dobkin, and featuring comedy performances by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet (Petticoat Junction, The Flintstones), Frank Nelson (The Jack Benny Program), and more!
Oppenheimer's reminiscences come to life in his son Gregg's new radio play, I Love Lucy: The Untold Story. Recorded on I Love Lucy's 60th anniversary (10/15/11), starring such talents as Dick Van Patten (Eight Is Enough), Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre), Amy Pietz (Caroline in the City), Richard Herd (Seinfeld), and I Love Lucy veterans Janet Waldo ( "Peggy Dawson", the bobby-soxer with a crush on Ricky Ricardo) and Shirley Mitchell (Lucy Ricardo's girlfriend "Marion Strong").
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"A charming and interesting memoir of the creation of the famous I Love Lucy TV show…. Oppenheimer, the program's creator and producer, uses a number of radio and TV sound bites to supplement his story. Dobkin naturally and effortlessly reads this story of how Oppenheimer began writing for Lucy while she was still performing on radio and then switched to the new medium of television. His voice is always clear, never hurried, and quite pleasing." (Audiofile)
"Fans of I Love Lucy will enjoy this fascinating look at the making of the series by its producer and head writer…. Plenty of amusing anecdotes about the actors and their antics at work. What is most impressive about this audio is Larry Dobkin’s narration. Listening to his gruff but affectionate tone, chuckling reminiscently at certain memories, one would never know it wasn’t Oppenheimer himself." (Billboard)
I had just listened to a biography of Lucille Ball so it was interesting to hear Oppenheimer's perspective on Lucille, Desi, and the TV show.
I love the TV show and still watch the reruns--I loved hearing about the inside scoop.
no--I just enjoyed it
I really loved Jess Oppenheimer's story of the beginnings and inside workings of the I Love Lucy Show. I could not put it down. There were 3 parts of this audio book. The story performed by the narrator who was very pleasant and easy to listen to, then Jess Openheimer's son did an old time radio play performance of the story (with some great old stars performing), then Jess Oppenheimer in his own voice telling the story - all in a little over 4 hours. Loved each version. CBS thought I Love Lucy was the show that no one would ever want to watch reruns of. Imagine.
learning what went on behind the scenes and how the show/episodes were created.
Lucy, obviously, but the narrator, Larry Dobkin, did an excellent job.
The entire book was very entertaining. It covered lots of history about the show that I had not previously known.
Highly recommended for any I Love Lucy fan!
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I love the back story - well told story by the man behind much of the magic.
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