I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy (1951)

28 mistakes in season 1

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The Séance - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: After Lucy tells Mr. Merriweather that he's invited to the seance, when it cuts to Lucy unfolding the card table legs, note the couch behind her with one normal seat cushion on the left, but in the next wideshot there's an additional shorter cushion under the normal cushion. The small towel also repositions itself neatly on the couch. (00:11:55)

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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.

The Moustache - S1-E23

Visible crew/equipment: After Lucy tells Ethel her plans for gluing on a mustache, Ethel congratulates her on the crazy idea, and in the next shot of Lucy in her bedroom just as she opens the door for Fred and Ethel, a crewmember's arm moves into the shot at the right side of the screen. (00:06:15)

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The Séance - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: After the first shot of Mr. Merriweather trying to contact Tilly on his ouija board, when it cuts to him answering the telephone we can see the moving shadow of the boom mic, on the door to the right.

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The Girls Want To Go To the Nightclub - S1-E2

Visible crew/equipment: When Lucy and Ethel are talking about going to the Copacabana, just as Lucy leans toward Ethel before her remark about catching more flies with honey, the second camera/equipment can be seen at the right side of the screen. The same thing happens later, when Ricky laughs at the idea that Lucy and Ethel will have dates as he walks over to Fred, who's standing at the desk. (00:01:45)

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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.

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Lucy's Schedule - S1-E33

Visible crew/equipment: When Lucy and Mrs. Littlefield bring out the soup and then salad, at the start of the shots just as they leave the kitchen, the shadow of another camera can be seen on the edge of the set's "wall" at the right side of the screen. (00:20:25)

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Cuban Pals - S1-E28

Visible crew/equipment: When Renita rings the doorbell, just as Lucy opens the door the shadow of moving equipment (likely the boom mic) can be seen at the top of the screen, between the kitchen door and front door.

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The Marriage License - S1-E26

Continuity mistake: After spending the night at the hotel, when Ricky goes to the front desk to speak with the "Justice of the Peace" it's 7:30 on the wall clock. Then, when Mr. Willoughby stands by the stairs and calls to his wife it's almost 7:40, but when Ricky gets ready to propose it's 7:30, but it's 7:45 when Mrs. Willoughby comes downstairs in the closeup, then back to 7:30 in the wideshot. (00:17:40)

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Lucy Is Jealous of Girl Singer - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When Ethel walks in while Lucy's vacuuming, Ethel has the folded newspaper under her arm and there's only small print on the paper, but after Lucy offers Ethel a cup of coffee now the headline can be seen on the still folded paper under Ethel's arm. Then, when Lucy unfolds the paper we see both the front and back page filled with pictures and the headline, but that area of small print which was seen in the earlier shots does not exist on either side. (00:00:40)

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The Benefit - S1-E13

Visible crew/equipment: While Ricky and Fred are in the kitchen, when Ethel tells Lucy she needs her help getting Ricky for the club benefit, in the shots facing Lucy the shadow of crew/equipment movement can be seen on the shutters to the right. (00:04:30)

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Lucy Ricardo: This whole thing is Ricky's fault.
Ricky Ricardo: MY fault?
Lucy Ricardo: Yeah, if you hadn't have left Cuba to come to America, we wouldn't have gotten married and we never would've come to Switzerland in the first place.

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Drafted - S1-E9

Question: Why would Ethel think Fred's enlisted? He wouldn't be allowed in due to his age right? I know the plot yet this thinking makes no sense.


Answer: There is no reason. It's a just a silly plot device, typical of the era. Women characters were often portrayed as making uninformed assumptions or decisions.

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