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TrishDaDish
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Sorry I don't know the name of the episode, but there's one where she's wearing a fake (putty?) nose and when getting her cigarette lit, her nose catches on fire and she puts it out in her drink. I've heard two different versions of what happened - one says they planned it, and the other sys it happened by accident, and that's why they're shocked. Has anyone involved in the show ever admitted which version is true?

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From a geocities site take with a grain of salt.

http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/6066/lucyfaq.html
Q. I heard that the scene where Lucy's nose catches on fire in "L.A. at Last!" was an accident and not written in the script. Is this true?
A. Nope. William Holden was definitley supposed to set Lucy's putty nose afire in that episode. Lucy's dipping it in the coffee cup to put the nose out, though, was not in the script, that was an ad-lib.

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It seems clear to me that it was intended. Why would she decide to smoke a cigarette just then unless it was supposed to add to the humor in some way? (Did she smoke regularly on the series?)
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quote:
Originally posted by Top Kat:
(Did she smoke regularly on the series?)

Yes. Back then on most TV shows and movies most adult characters smoked. It is sometimes from our point of view quite shocking how much they did. (I felt the same way when I read ONIONS IN THE STEW. Lots of smoking--and Betty MacDonald was a former TB patient at this point; one would think that even back then she would have known better!)

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She actually did smoke more than once on the series -- it was the fifties when smoking was glamorous. I agree that there is no other reason she would be smoking at that exact second other than it being a set-up for the joke.

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quote:
Originally posted by guruwan2b:
From a geocities site take with a grain of salt.
http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/6066/lucyfaq.html
Q. I heard that the scene where Lucy's nose catches on fire in "L.A. at Last!" was an accident and not written in the script. Is this true?
A. Nope. William Holden was definitley supposed to set Lucy's putty nose afire in that episode. Lucy's dipping it in the coffee cup to put the nose out, though, was not in the script, that was an ad-lib.

I know it's geocities and not to be trusted... it seems odd to me that the writers would script in a way to set her fake nose on fire and then not script in a way to put it out... Or maybe there was another way she was meant to do it.

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I also read that Lucy likes everyone to think that a lot of ad libbing went on, but most of what happened was scripted.

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I always assumed it was pretty tightly scripted. TV was a pretty new medium then and I just supposed that they would want to keep it pretty well-planned.

Lucille Balls skills were as an actress. She could act "funny," but many people have said that she was not a particularly spontaneously funny woman in real life.

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