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Your exclusive backstage pass to the creation of I Love Lucy:
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"A true genius. I owe so much to his creativity and friendship." (Lucille Ball)
Jess Oppenheimer, "the brains" behind I Love Lucy, gives us an insider's view of this groundbreaking show, generously interspersed with recordings of classic Lucy radio and TV comedy performances - including her famous "Vitameatavegamin" routine.
Oppenheimer weaves a wonderfully entertaining tale of the creation of this landmark series and its evolution from Lucy's hit radio sitcom, My Favorite Husband. Lucy aficionados will delight in his personal accounts of stars like Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, Vivian Vance, and of course, Lucille Ball.
Narrated by three-time I Love Lucy veteran Larry Dobkin, and featuring comedy performances by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet (Petticoat Junction, The Flintstones), Frank Nelson (The Jack Benny Program), and more!
Oppenheimer's reminiscences come to life in his son Gregg's new radio play, I Love Lucy: The Untold Story. Recorded on I Love Lucy's 60th anniversary (10/15/11), starring such talents as Dick Van Patten (Eight Is Enough), Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre), Amy Pietz (Caroline in the City), Richard Herd (Seinfeld), and I Love Lucy veterans Janet Waldo ( "Peggy Dawson", the bobby-soxer with a crush on Ricky Ricardo) and Shirley Mitchell (Lucy Ricardo's girlfriend "Marion Strong").
I really loved Jess Oppenheimer's story of the beginnings and inside workings of the I Love Lucy Show. I could not put it down. There were 3 parts of this audio book. The story performed by the narrator who was very pleasant and easy to listen to, then Jess Openheimer's son did an old time radio play performance of the story (with some great old stars performing), then Jess Oppenheimer in his own voice telling the story - all in a little over 4 hours. Loved each version. CBS thought I Love Lucy was the show that no one would ever want to watch reruns of. Imagine.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about I Love Lucy: The Untold Story?
I had just listened to a biography of Lucille Ball so it was interesting to hear Oppenheimer's perspective on Lucille, Desi, and the TV show.
What did you like best about this story?
I love the TV show and still watch the reruns--I loved hearing about the inside scoop.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
no--I just enjoyed it
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to I Love Lucy: The Untold Story the most enjoyable?
learning what went on behind the scenes and how the show/episodes were created.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Lucy, obviously, but the narrator, Larry Dobkin, did an excellent job.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The entire book was very entertaining. It covered lots of history about the show that I had not previously known.
Any additional comments?
Highly recommended for any I Love Lucy fan!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
I love the back story - well told story by the man behind much of the magic.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Jess Oppenheimer and Gregg Oppenheimer and/or the narrators?
I am a Lucy lover through and through and it's actually hard for me to write anything disparaging, but this book was just so so. Lots of grandstanding, in my opinion. Narrators voice was irritating at best.
Would you be willing to try another book from Jess Oppenheimer and Gregg Oppenheimer ? Why or why not?
I'm open to listening to anything.
How could the performance have been better?
I guess I'm always up for more interesting, not widely known tidbits of information. I knew most of the stuff presented.
Did I Love Lucy: The Untold Story inspire you to do anything?
Yes, go to Ebay and find any fun Lucille Ball merchandise! :)
I loved listening to this however it left me wanting to hear more about want went on during the production of I Love Lucy.