Old Hollywood
Cinema
1900-1979

Nostalgia is a seductive liar - George Wildman Ball
On dealing with difficult bosses:
"Lucille [Ball] gave Vivian [Vance] a hard time when they first met. I mean, a really hard time. One day I pulled Viv aside and I said, ‘What are you going to do about her?’ Vivian was very smart. She said, ‘Maury, if by any chance I Love Lucy actually becomes a hit & goes anywhere, I gonna learn to love that bitch.’”
-Maury Thompson (via Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball)

On dealing with difficult bosses:

"Lucille [Ball] gave Vivian [Vance] a hard time when they first met. I mean, a really hard time. One day I pulled Viv aside and I said, ‘What are you going to do about her?’ Vivian was very smart. She said, ‘Maury, if by any chance I Love Lucy actually becomes a hit & goes anywhere, I gonna learn to love that bitch.’”

-Maury Thompson (via Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball)

Orson Welles performs the “Broomstick Suspension” magic trick with Lucille Ball (1956, photo taken during the filming of the I Love Lucy episode, “Lucy Meets Orson Welles”) (scene online here)
"I’ve never had a friend in my life who wanted to see a magic trick, you know. I don’t know anybody who wants to see a magic trick. So I do it professionally; it’s the only way I get to perform.
I went once to a birthday party for [MGM boss] Louis B. Mayer with a rabbit in my pocket which I was going to take out of his hat. On came Judy Garland and Danny Kaye and Danny Thomas and everybody you ever heard of and then Al Jolson sang for two hours and my rabbit was peeing all over me, you know. And the dawn was starting to rise over the Hillcrest Country Club as we said goodnight to Louis B. Mayer and nobody’d asked me to do a magic trick. So the rabbit and I went home.”
-Orson Welles, in 1982 documentary The Orson Welles Story

Orson Welles performs the “Broomstick Suspension” magic trick with Lucille Ball (1956, photo taken during the filming of the I Love Lucy episode, “Lucy Meets Orson Welles”) (scene online here)

"I’ve never had a friend in my life who wanted to see a magic trick, you know. I don’t know anybody who wants to see a magic trick. So I do it professionally; it’s the only way I get to perform.

I went once to a birthday party for [MGM boss] Louis B. Mayer with a rabbit in my pocket which I was going to take out of his hat. On came Judy Garland and Danny Kaye and Danny Thomas and everybody you ever heard of and then Al Jolson sang for two hours and my rabbit was peeing all over me, you know. And the dawn was starting to rise over the Hillcrest Country Club as we said goodnight to Louis B. Mayer and nobody’d asked me to do a magic trick. So the rabbit and I went home.”

-Orson Welles, in 1982 documentary The Orson Welles Story

Lucille Ball, John Wayne, and Vivian Vance behind the scenes of Wayne’s guest-starring turn on I Love Lucy (1955)

Lucille Ball, John Wayne, and Vivian Vance behind the scenes of Wayne’s guest-starring turn on I Love Lucy (1955)