I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy mistake picture

L.A. at Last! - S4-E17

Revealing mistake: At the Brown Derby, when Lucy bumps into the waiter causing him to trip and spill the tray all over William Holden, we can see that the waiter's hand is taped to the bottom of the tray for the stunt to be done efficiently. (00:15:15)

Super Grover Premium member
3
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Lucy Wants New Furniture - S2-E28

Revealing mistake: When Ricky startles Lucy in the kitchen just as she's getting the salt, she climbs up through the kitchen/living room window, and in the shot from the living room when she and Ricky step down onto the chair, we can see the four long metal brackets which bolt the chair to the floor for safety. (00:13:15)

Super Grover Premium member
4
I Love Lucy mistake picture

The Kleptomaniac - S1-E27

Revealing mistake: When Ricky brings home the psychiatrist, in all the long shots of the living room from the time Ethel walks around the coffee table toward Fred, we can see that all four coffee table legs have been propped up on stone blocks.

1
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Redecorating - S2-E8

Revealing mistake: At the end of the episode, when Ricky and Lucy walk into the bedroom to see the new wallpaper, look behind them when the bedroom door opens and you'll catch a glimpse of William Frawley - waiting for his cue - hiding behind a wall in the background before he ducks back out of sight.

Jeff Swanson
3

The Dancing Star - S4-E28

Revealing mistake: At the end of Lucy and Van Johnson's dance, Ricky and everyone else clap as Lucy walks through the curtain to head "backstage', and in the next shot just as Lucy walks through the curtain we catch a glimpse of Desi Arnaz standing there waiting for his cue. Then in a few moments Ricky, Ethel, Fred, and Caroline all rush in excitedly to congratulate Lucy. (00:24:55)

Super Grover Premium member
2

First Stop - S4-E14

Revealing mistake: After the cheese sandwich experience at Skinner's diner, when Lucy takes the wheel and they all drive off heading to Cincinnati, the Pontiac's glass windshield and rearview mirror are gone, and they're gone again when they end up back at that diner the second time. (00:09:20 - 00:10:35)

Super Grover Premium member
2

Lucy and Superman - S6-E13

Revealing mistake: While Lucy is out on the ledge, if you look at the pipe as it runs from above the ledge to below it, the two pieces of pipe don't line up. They are off about the full diameter of the pipe. Also when the pipe pulls out, it's obvious the pipe is on a hinge at the bottom and not really attached to the lower pipe. Later, there is also no stream of water falling from above where the pipe was supposed to be connected as a drain even though it is pouring out.

terry s
2
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Lucy Learns to Drive - S4-E12

Revealing mistake: Look closely at the Ricardos' new Pontiac convertible. There is no glass within the windshield frame.

Bobby1956

The Fur Coat - S1-E10

Revealing mistake: When Lucy is cutting up the fake fur coat to scare Ricky, it is clear that the parts that she has to remove are already cut and just loosely sewn in place.

luke f
1

Lucy Is Jealous of Girl Singer - S1-E11

Revealing mistake: During the rehearsal for the Jezebel number, the dancer's skirt trim is already partially torn or unattached to make it easier to tear, and it is clear that Ricky purposely steps on the trim to rip it off the skirt.

luke f
1
I Love Lucy mistake picture

The Great Train Robbery - S5-E5

Revealing mistake: When Ricky and Lucy find their train compartment, while they stand outside their door talking we can see the actor playing the porter peeking out of the next compartment's door waiting for his cue, and in a few moments he opens the door just as Lucy approaches. (00:02:20)

Super Grover Premium member
1

California, Here We Come! - S4-E13

Revealing mistake: The Pontiac's glass windshield is gone when the car is loaded down with everyone's stuff, thanks to Fred's packing, and the windshield is also very noticeably gone when they all finally drive off. The rearview mirror, which should be attached to the windshield frame, is gone as well. (00:20:30 - 00:22:50)

Super Grover Premium member
1

The Camping Trip - S2-E29

Revealing mistake: After Ricky and Lucy split up to go fishing Ricky yells that she should watch out for bears, and when Lucy stops at a tree and crouches down, the huge tree beside her jiggles when she leans on it. (00:13:40)

Super Grover Premium member
1

Equal Rights - S3-E3

Revealing mistake: When Lucy and Ethel go down to the jail house to see Rickey and Fred, there is a scene where Lucy says "I wonder how he (Rickey) kisses" and then she kisses him, then Ethel says the same thing about Fred and leans in for a kiss. Problem is she obviously doesn't get anywhere near his lips to touch them for a kiss, yet makes the kissing sound, turns around and says "hmmm" as if the "kiss" wasn't all that . Of course we all know those two characters did not get along on set anyways .

movielover1

Getting Ready - S4-E11

Revealing mistake: When everyone is examining the car that Fred bought, during a shot showing the front of the car, everyone's shadows are falling on the "street" behind the car, making it obvious that it's a painted backdrop.

Jeff Swanson

The Operetta - S2-E3

Revealing mistake: Near the end when the repossession men are taking away the costumes and scenery, as they are removing Ricky's pants one of the chorus members can be seen waiting backstage for her cue to enter screaming.

luke f

Pioneer Women - S1-E25

Revealing mistake: When Lucy's pinned against the sink by her bread Ethel goes for a saw. If you watch the doorway you can see her shadow where she's being given the saw.

Rob245

Homecoming - S5-E6

Revealing mistake: In the scene in the Ricardo's kitchen, after Fred enters through the rear entrance the door is left open. Through the doorway one can see at a certain point, not just the NYC real estate in the distance but apparently a blown-up photograph of what "appears" to be a man and woman sitting at a small table in a cafe. However, in a subsequent episode of the same view through the rear door it appears that the exact same background photo shot may actually be, not a man and woman but features on the outside of a building, such as one or more windows.

ralz8163

Lucy Visits Grauman's - S5-E1

Revealing mistake: Lucy, Fred and Ethel are admiring the celebrity footprints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. In several scenes, the shadows cast by Lucy, Fred, Ethel and a passerby make it very obvious that what appears to be the theater's ticket office, entrance and front wall are actually just a painted backdrop.

I Love Lucy mistake picture

The Sublease - S3-E30

Visible crew/equipment: After Lucy and Mr. Beecher sign the lease, just as they all start heading toward the door, the taped T-mark can be seen at the bottom of the screen at the edge of the carpet (presumably for the second camera dolly offscreen at the left). Then as Mrs. Hammond walks out, a bit of overhead set equipment can be seen at the top right side of the screen. (00:12:45)

Super Grover Premium member
More mistakes in I Love Lucy

Lucy Ricardo: I made a funny?

More quotes from I Love Lucy

Trivia: It was the first to tape before a live audience.

Bowling255 Premium member
More trivia for I Love Lucy

Show generally

Question: I know this show is from the time period when a lot of couples had two beds in their room. Just out of curiosity, when did it become acceptable to show a couple's bedroom with a single bed on TV?

Answer: According to Snopes.com, there is no definitive answer, but the mid-1960s is the most verifiable date with "The Munsters" being cited as the first, although others claim "The Brady Bunch" showed the first couple seen in a double bed. An early TV show from the late 1940s titled, "Mary Kay and Johnny" is also thought to have shown the married couple's bedroom as having a double bed, although probably not with them in it. However, this was when TV was aired live, and there are no surviving episodes, only anecdotal accounts.

raywest Premium member
More questions & answers from I Love Lucy

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.