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At the height of their TV fame, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were contracted by MGM to make two theatrical films. The first of these, The Long, Long Trailer, stars Lucy and Desi as an upwardly mobile couple who decide to buy a trailer so they can live together while his job takes him around the country. Thanks to their naivete in such matters, they end up with a huge, bulky RV that costs five times what they planned. Their "seeing America" trip turns out to be a slapstick disaster, topped by Lucy's foolish ...
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Overview

At the height of their TV fame, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were contracted by MGM to make two theatrical films. The first of these, The Long, Long Trailer, stars Lucy and Desi as an upwardly mobile couple who decide to buy a trailer so they can live together while his job takes him around the country. Thanks to their naivete in such matters, they end up with a huge, bulky RV that costs five times what they planned. Their "seeing America" trip turns out to be a slapstick disaster, topped by Lucy's foolish decision to hide a heavy rock collection in the trailer; as Desi tries to maneuver a treacherous mountain road, the weighted-down home-on-wheels nearly loses its balance and almost tumbles off a cliff. The story is told in flashback, as Desi 'splains the breakup of his marriage to a motel court manager. Happily, Lucy shows up, goes "Waaaaah" a little, and all is forgiven. Despite the fact that audiences were getting Ball and Arnaz for free each week on television, The Long, Long Trailer was a big hit at the box-office. The film was adapted by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich from a novel by Clinton Twiss, with uncredited assistance from the I Love Lucy writing staff.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Newlyweds Nicky and Tacy Collini embark on the road of life together in a gargantuan mobile home, and it's all downhill from there in this star vehicle for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Director Vincente Minnelli keeps this freewheeling comedy rolling along. Scenes of broad slapstick -- Nicky demolishing a relative's garden with the trailer, Tacy attempting to cook dinner during a herky-jerky drive -- merge with more intimately observed scenes of the couple getting to know each other. Lucy and Desi, their palpable chemistry honed both in life and on their beloved TV series, handle comedic and dramatic moments with equal aplomb. Seen all too briefly are Keenan Wynn as an aggravated traffic cop and Marjorie Main (Ma and Pa Kettle) and Howard McNear (Floyd the Barber on The Andy Griffith Show) as fellow "trailerites." One of the most popular comedies of its time, The Long, Long Trailer comes to DVD packed with extra features that replicate an old-fashioned night at the movies, including a classic Tex Avery cartoon ("Dixieland Droopy") and a vintage comedy short (Pete Smith's "Ain't It Aggrivatin' "). Even non-Lucy fans will enjoy this ride.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Long, Long Trailer is a star vehicle through and through, and it's fortunate that it has the inimitable likes of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz to give it power. It doesn't hurt that the reliable Vincente Minnelli is on hand to steer it, either; while Trailer may not allow Minnelli to really strut his stuff, he still gives it a professional, polished production, and the movie definitely benefits visually from his keen eye, especially in his use of color. Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich's screenplay is serviceable, but it's really nothing more than a series of comedic incidents -- some of them well worn, indeed -- that give the stars a chance to shine. There's very little here that wouldn't be right at home on Lucy and Desi's TV show, and that familiarity becomes a bit wearing after a while. Many viewers will probably keep waiting for something fresh, but neither that nor a satisfying payoff ever comes, making the film ultimately seem as if it has been stretched too thin over too long a time. Still, Trailer is worth watching if for no other reason than to see the comedic duo going through their always engaging paces in color for a change.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2006
  • UPC: 012569679757
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 382

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lucille Ball Tracy Collini
Desi Arnaz Nicholas Collini
Marjorie Main Mrs. Hittaway
Keenan Wynn Policeman
Gladys Hurlbut Mrs. Bolton
Moroni Olsen Mr. Tewitt
Bert Freed Foreman
Madge Blake Aunt Anastacia
Walter S. Baldwin Uncle Edgar
Oliver Blake Mr. Sudloy
Perry Sheehan Bridesmaid
Sarah Spencer Girl Friend
Dallas Boyd Minister
Dennis Ross Jody
Robert Anderson Carl Barrett
John Call Shorty
Geraldine Carr Girl
Edgar Dearing Manager
Juney Ellis Waitress
Frank Gerstle Attendant
Charles Herbert Little Boy
Jack Kruschen Mechanic
Norman Leavitt Driver
Alan Lee Mr. Elliott
Ruth Lee Mrs. Tewitt
Peter Leeds Garage Manager
Karl Lukas Inspector
Howard McNear Mr. Hittaway
Ida Moore Candy Store Clerk
Dorothy Neumann Aunt Ellen
Christopher Olsen Tom
Emory Parnell Policeman
Phil Rich Mr. Dudley
Fay Roope Judge
Edna Skinner Mrs. Barrett
Connie Van Grace
Herb Vigran Trailer Salesman
Emmett Vogan Mr. Bolton
Ruth Warren Mrs. Dudley
Wilson Wood Garage Owner
Howard Wright Uncle Bill
Richard Alexander Father
Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Ferris Webster Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Long, Long Trailer
1. Credits [1:12]
2. Don't Buy a Trailer [3:15]
3. Tacy's Dream Home [3:41]
4. Trailer Show [5:18]
5. Additional Purchases [4:01]
6. Trailerphobia [4:31]
7. 40-Foot Freight Train [3:17]
8. Red Light, Wrong Turn [4:11]
9. Trailerite Invasion [4:51]
10. Butting Shower Heads [2:50]
11. Their Slant on Chores [6:30]
12. Mud Flop [4:18]
13. Reverse Misfortune [6:07]
14. Deep-Freeze Departure [2:51]
15. Our First Rock [2:12]
16. Breezin' Along With the Breeze [2:49]
17. Tacy at the Wheel [4:27]
18. Kiss and Make Up [2:51]
19. Kitchen Chaos [4:48]
20. No Sale [3:31]
21. Weight Redistribution [5:12]
22. Barely Making the Grade [5:23]
23. Marriage on the Rocks [4:02]
24. Not This Trailer [3:02]
25. Cast List [:29]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Long, Long Trailer
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Ain't It Aggravatin'?
      Dixieland Droopy
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
      Web Info
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Honeymoon horrors

    This is a movie I have loved ever since I was a little girl and watched it with my parents. I have now shared this movie with my own kids. The best thing about this movie is that it is appropriate for every one. It is just good old-fashioned fun, comedy and dealing with those little things in life. It is well written and acted and there are some beautiful scenes in yosemite.

    When Tacy talks her soon to be husband, Nick, into buying a trailer so she can "make a home for him" instead of having to rent a house everywhere they go, they have no idea what they are truly getting themselves into. Things start going wrong and it puts their love to the test.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Long, Long Trailer

    If you are up to a cute movie, this is one you have got to see! Nothing like the movies you see nowadays, just a good old fashioned, lots of laughter, cute movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What fun!

    Pack your suitcase and climb on board - this is classic movie comedy at its best! Sharp, witty dialogue, great acting, and beautiful color make it a fun getaway for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2004

    great family movie

    this movie is good from start to finish. It is funny and heart warming. I recomend this movie for all 'I love lucy' fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2001

    our family favorite

    Our family camps and travels with a trailer. When we watch this movie our troubles seem small. This is one of the best movies we have ever watched. We never get tired of watching this movie, it is nice to step back to a nicer era when people did not have interstates to travel 85 mph. and there where no cell phones, you could actually get away from it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2001

    Good movie for a ''Long Long'' time.

    This movie is a regular watch in our house. My wife and I love this movie. This is a love story, adventure and comedy all in one very funny movie. I'ts a make you feel good movie, with some nice old nostalgia. If you own, or are about to own, a trailer, I strongly recommend you watch this movie before you buy a trailer, OH, I mean ''Rig''. If you like comedies, I sugest you add this movie to your colection.

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