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The Long, Long Trailer Details


At the height of their TV fame, [[Performer~P3574~Lucille Ball~lucilleball]] and [[Performer~P2319~Desi Arnaz~desiarnaz]] 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 [[Performer~P93020~Albert Hackett~alberthackett]] and [[Performer~P92058~Frances Goodrich~francesgoodrich]] from a novel by Clinton Twiss, with uncredited assistance from the [[Feature~V159382~I Love Lucy~jegelskerblat]] writing staff. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 18, 1954


Lucille Ball
as Tracy Collini
Desi Arnaz
as Nicholas Collini
Marjorie Main
as Mrs. Hittaway
Keenan Wynn
as Policeman
Gladys Hurlbut
as Mrs. Bolton
Moroni Olsen
as Mr. Tewitt
Bert Freed
as Foreman
Madge Blake
as Aunt Anastacia
Oliver Blake
as Mr. Sudloy
Perry Sheehan
as Bridesmaid
Herb Vigran
as Trailer Salesman
Emmett Vogan
as Mr. Bolton
Ruth Lee
as Mrs. Tewitt
Wilson Wood
as Garage Owner
Dallas Boyd
as Minister
John Call
as Shorty
Howard McNear
as Mr. Hittaway
Edna Skinner
as Mrs. Barrett
Fay Roope
as Judge
Sarah Spencer
as Girl Friend
Ruth Warren
as Mrs. Dudley
Charles Herbert
as Little Boy
Norman Leavitt
as Driver
Edgar Dearing
as Manager
Christopher Olsen
as Tom
Ida Moore
as Candy Store Clerk
Dorothy Neumann
as Aunt Ellen
Phil Rich
as Mr. Dudley
Dennis Ross
as Jody
Howard Wright
as Uncle Bill
Geraldine Carr
as Girl
Richard Alexander
as Father
Emory Parnell
as Policeman
Frank Gerstle
as Attendant
Juney Ellis
as Waitress
Jack Kruschen
as Mechanic
Karl Lukas
as Inspector
Connie Van
as Grace


Vincente Minnelli
Pandro S. Berman
Frances Goodrich
Clinton Twiss
Book Author
Albert Hackett
Robert Surtees
Adolph Deutsch
Composer (Music Score)
Ferris Webster
Edward C. Carfagno
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Keogh Gleason
Set Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Arnold A. Gillespie
Special Effects