February 01, 2006

The Lucy and Desi Collection DVD Debut

The Lucy and Desi Collection: "The Long, Long Trailer," "Forever, Darling," "Too Many Girls"; popular motion pictures, the only ones America's beloved comedy couple made together, finally get their DVD debut on May 9th!

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz--America's quintessential comic couple best known for their long-running hit TV series "I Love Lucy"--made only three feature films together. Those films make their long-awaited DVD debut, as Warner Home Video introduces The Lucy and Desi Collection on May 9th. Included are "The Long, Long Trailer," "Forever, Darling" and "Too Many Girls," available as a boxed set for $29.92 SRP. "The Long, Long Trailer" and "Forever, Darling" will be available individually for $14.97 SRP each; "Too Many Girls" is exclusive to the collection. DVD extra content includes vintage MGM and WB shorts, cartoons and a 1956 excerpt from the MGM Parade television series.

"Too Many Girls" (1940)

Its lighter-than-air plot has spoiled heiress Connie Casey (Lucille Ball) traipsing off to college while her over-protective father secretly sends four Ivy League football stars to act as her bodyguards. In no time, the football players manage to turn tiny Pottawatomie U. into a gridiron powerhouse!

"The Long, Long Trailer" (1954)

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz live happily ever after as newlyweds honeymooning in "The Long, Long Trailer," directed by Vincente Minnelli. They quickly find that the interior of a moving trailer is ideal for tossing a salad--and everything else. That backing up their 40-foot, three-ton home is only a little more difficult than threading a needle wearing boxing gloves. And, that trailer-park folks are neighborly sorts who turn the lovebirds' rig into the wrong, wrong trailer by crashing the wedding night.

"Forever, Darling" (1955)

TV's "I Love Lucy" was in its fifth season when this romp gave fans more reasons to love its stars. Desi Arnaz plays Lorenzo, who heads for wide-open spaces, along with wife Susan (Lucille Ball), to test his chemical company's new product. Of course, comedy chaos ensues built on tent-raising, forest critters, inflatable rafts and other typical elements of roughing it. There is one atypical element: the angel (James Mason) who wants to rescue their troubled union.

(Thanks to bweir from The Lucy Lounge for the information and for the artwork he posted on the forum!)

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