November 06, 2006

Lucille Ball is November TCM Star of the Month

Lucille Ball is the Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month in November, and host Robert Osborne is expected to make references to his recent visit to her hometown, Jamestown, New York!

Many people don’t realize that in addition to her decades on television, Lucille Ball also had an extensive movie career, appearing in 79 films. Each Wednesday in November, TCM will focus on a different movie genre or role, featuring 41 films throughout the month.

On November 1, Turner will air the three films in which Lucy appeared with Desi Arnaz (Too Many Girls, The Long, Long Trailer, and Forever, Darling), as well as her early movies from the mid-1930s. November 8 will show her as a working girl in The Fuller Brush Girl, Miss Grant Takes Richmond, and others. On November 15 viewers will have the rare opportunity to see the Queen of Comedy in dramatic roles, from the late 1930s and early 1940s, plus two crime comedies. Domestic life is the theme of the November 22 films, including her later movies Yours, Mine and Ours (1968) and The Facts of Life (1960).

Fortunately there are five Wednesdays in November, so the “showbiz” films can be featured on November 29. From the late 1930s through the mid-1940s, these include Stage Door, Dance Girl, Dance, Ziegfeld Follies, and six others.

Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne was a personal friend of Lucille Ball. He shared many fond memories with an appreciative audience when he joined them at Lucy’s Birthday Celebration in Jamestown, New York in early August. Viewers can look forward to wonderful commentary as well as great entertainment during the month-long look as just one aspect of this talented woman’s life career.

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