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Lucille Ball Movies and Films
Lucille Ball Movies and Films
Lucille Ball Movies and Films
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Film #1 - Roman Scandals

Film Date: 1933
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn/United Artists, Film Type: comedy/musical

Lucy's Character: Slave Girl

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Film #2 - Broadway Through a Keyhole

Film Date: 1933
Studio: 20th Century/United Artists, Film Type: musical

Lucy's Character: Girl at the Beach

Film #3 - The Bowery

Film Date: 1933
Studio: 20th Century, Film Type: comedy/drama

Lucy's Character: Bit Part

Special Notes: In real life, George Raft and Wallace Beery were not nearly so friendly as their characters: Raft persuaded director Raoul Walsh to hire a number of his underworld cronies as extras, which irritated Beery no end. When the two actors had a fight scene, Beery refused to hold back, and the staged fistfight quickly turned into a for-real battle royale.

Film #4 - Blood Money

Film Date: 1933
Studio: Fox/United Artists, Film Type: drama

Lucy's Character: Bit Part

Film #5 - Moulin Rouge

Film Date: 1934
Studio: 20th Century/United Artiists, Film Type: comedy

Lucy's Character: Chorus Girl

Special Notes: Moulin Rouge was withdrawn from circulation in the early 1950s to avoid confusion with the more famous Toulouse Lautrec biopic of the same name. Look for Lucille Ball in the nightclub scenes.

Film #6 - Bottoms Up

Film Date: 1934
Studio: Fox, Film Type: drama/musical

Lucy's Character: Bit Part

Film #7 - The Affairs of Cellini (aka The Firebrand)

Film Date: 1934
Studio: 20th Century/United Artists, Film Type: comedy

Lucy's Character: Lady-in-Waiting

Special Notes: Affairs of Cellini is based on Edwin Justus Mayer's popular stage play The Firebrand, which in turn was based on the life and times of Renaissance artist/political reactionary Benvenuto Cellini. Though hardly reliable as history, Affairs of Cellini scores on its comic content, including the hilarious performances of Frank Morgan as the cuckolded Duke and Fay Wray as the monumentally stupid artist's model.

Film #8 - Kid Millions

Film Date: 1934
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn/United Artists, Film Type: comedy/musical

Lucy's Character: Goldwyn Girl

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Special Notes: Lucille Ball plays a blonde Goldwyn Girl in the harem sequence. According to Ethel Merman, the film's elaborate Technicolor ice-cream factory finale, in which Eddie allows dozens of tenement kids to gorge themselves on his tasty confections, posed censorship problems: while producer Sam Goldwyn was allowed to show the little boys with comically extended stomachs, he was not permitted to do so with the little girls, for fear that the audience might think the female moppets were pregnant!

Film #9 - Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back

Film Date: 1934
Studio: Twentieth Century/United Artists, Film Type: mystery

Lucy's Character: Bit Part

Film #10 - Broadway Bill (aka Strictly Confidential-UK)

Film Date: 1934
Studio: Columbia, Film Type: comedy/drama

Lucy's Character: Blonde telephone operator

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Special Notes: Lucille Ball plays a blonde telephone operator in her role as a bit-part.

Film #11 - Three Little Pigskins

Film Date: 1934
Studio: Columbia, Film Type: comedy

Lucy's Character: Daisy Simms

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Special Notes: Three Little Pigskins is one of the most enduringly popular comedy shorts of the 1930s, featuring The Three Stooges at their anarchic best. It's also famous for providing an early supporting role to Lucille Ball, who plays Daisy Simms, the gangster's girlfriend. Lucille Ball would always credit the Stooges with introducing her to "slapstick and physical comedy." According to Jack White, brother of Stooges producer Jules White, Lucille quickly left the studio because "Harry Cohn didn't want to bother with her. He didn't think she had any talent!"

Film #12 - Nana (aka Lady of the Boulevards-UK)

Film Date: 1934
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn/United Artists, Film Type: drama

Lucy's Character: Chorus Girl

Special Notes: Russian actress Anna Sten was brought to America as a protégé of producer Samuel Goldwyn, who sought to make Sten the "next Garbo." The resounding box office failure of Nana and Sten's next two vehicles led Goldwyn to drop her contract two years after bringing her to Hollywood, though she continued to work sporadically in films for another 25 years.

Film #13 - Men of the Night

Film Date: 1934
Studio: Columbia, Film Type: drama

Lucy's Character: Peggy

Special Notes: There are a few movie databases that list the incorrect Plot lines for this movie with the 1924 movie of the same name.

Film #14 - Jealousy

Film Date: 1934
Studio: Columbia, Film Type: drama

Lucy's Character: Bit Part

Film #15 - Hold That Girl

Film Date: 1934
Studio: Fox, Film Type: comedy

Lucy's Character: Bit Part

Film #16 - Fugitive Lady

Film Date: 1934
Studio: Columbia, Film Type: drama

Lucy's Character: Beauty Operator

Film #17 - Carnival (aka Carnival Nights-UK)

Film Date: 1935
Studio: Columbia, Film Type: comedy

Lucy's Character: Nurse

Film #18 - The Whole Town's Talking (aka Passport to Fame-UK)

Film Date: 1935
Studio: Columbia, Film Type: comedy/crime

Lucy's Character: Bit Part

Film #19 - Roberta

Film Date: 1935
Studio: RKO, Film Type: comedy/musical

Lucy's Character: Fashion Model

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Special Notes: Keep an eye out for a blond Lucille Ball as a fashion model. Alice Duer Miller's novel "Gowns by Roberta" was adapted into the 1933 Broadway musical Roberta, with music by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach. The 1935 filmization of Roberta was slightly adapted to accommodate the dancing talents of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, though their roles are secondary to the characters portrayed by Irene Dunne and Randolph Scott.

Film #20 - Old Man Rhythm

Film Date: 1935
Studio: RKO, Film Type: comedy/musical

Lucy's Character: College Girl

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