I Love Lucy: 10 Behind The Scenes Secrets

  
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8. Desi Arnaz Refused To Do This Scene

Desi Arnaz was a firm believer in the American Dream because his family fled to Miami from Cuba when he was 17-years-old with no more than the clothes on their back. They lived in a warehouse with other refugees and got a job cleaning birdcages for a man who sold canaries to pet stores. As a result of his background and strong belief in hard work, he refused to do a scene in the original script of “Lucy Tells the Truth” where Ricky cheats the system by fudging some numbers on his income tax return. He didn’t want his character to be associated with that kind of behavior.

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7. The Candy Factory Episode

In the episode titled “Job Switching,” which is also referred to as “The Candy Factory Episode,” Lucy and Ethel are caught stuffing their faces with chocolates and clothing to keep up with a conveyor belt. For this episode, stage manager Herb Browar brought in a woman named Amanda Milligan, who worked at See’s Candies on Santa Monica Boulevard. In the script, Milligan had to hit Lucille in the face which worried Lucille because she thought the woman would be too shy to do it, but when the cameras started rolling, Milligan smacked Lucille in the face so hard she thought her nose was broken! During a filming break, she asked Milligan how she liked working on the show as opposed to eight hours a day putting swirls on chocolates all day long, and an unsmiling Milligan reportedly replied, “I’ve never been so bored in my life.”

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