The Lucy Show: Lucy and the Submarine – Season 5, Episode 2 – Lucille Ball, Steven Marlo (1966)

Viewcount: 790 DVD: At the beginning of the 1963-64 season, Desi Arnaz resigned as head of Desilu and as the executive producer of The Lucy Show. Ball took over as President of the studio and Elliott Lewis replaced Arnaz as executive producer of Ball’s series. Dick Martin (as Harry), Don Briggs (as Eddie) and Charles Lane (as Mr. Barnsdahl) left the show. The Barnsdahl character was replaced by Theodore J. Mooney, played by Gale Gordon who would remain with the series for the remainder of its run, surviving the format change. Gordon was to have joined the series at its premiere in 1962, but he was still contractually obligated to his role as Mr. Wilson on Dennis the Menace, where he had replaced the late Joseph Kearns for the last year of the series. It was later revealed that Ball wasn’t happy with Charles Lane because of his difficulty remembering his lines in front of the studio audience, and was very eager to have Gordon join the cast. Lane then became a semi-regular on the CBS-TV sitcom Petticoat Junction as Homer Bedloe. Even though Dick Martin felt his role of Harry was superfluous, he curiously stated that hiring Gale Gordon was a mistake and that there instead should have been a steady boyfriend written for Lucy. The show became limited in terms of creating fresh situations. Mrs. Carmichael spent so much of her time and effort trying to get Mr. Mooney to allow her to invade the principal of the trust fund for various ideas and projects, that it

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