The Lucy Show: Lucy and the Lost Star (1968)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |  
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Joan Crawford makes her TV sitcom debut in this dancin'-and-singin' half hour extravaganze, which also features former Lucy Show regular Vivian Vance). When their car breaks down near Joan's house, Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Vivian enter the place to use the phone. They are surprised to find the living room stripped of furniture and the famous movie diva on all fours, scrubbing the floor (yes, even here she's a neatness freak--and note the absence of wire coat hangers!) Unaware that Joan is having her furniture repaired and that it's the servants' day off, Lucy and Viv jump to the conclusion that La Crawford is flat broke--whereupon they hatch a scheme to restore her fortune by staging a musical titled "Speakeasy Daze." (Urban legend time: Lucille Ball was reportedly so demanding and dictatorial with Joan Crawford during filming of this episode that Joan was heard to exclaim, "And they call ME a bitch!")