The Long, Long Trailer

The Long, Long Trailer

Lucille Ball
Director: Vincente Minnelli Cast: Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
, Desi Arnaz
Desi Arnaz
, Marjorie Main
Marjorie Main
Vincente Minnelli


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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2018
UPC: 0888574602499
Original Release: 1954
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:36:00
Sales rank: 18,215

Special Features

Vintage Pete Smith Specialty Short Ain't It Aggravtin'?; Classic Cartoon Dixieland Droopy; Theatrical Trailer

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

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]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [8:18]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [7:43]
0. Chapters
1. Chapter 1

Customer Reviews

The Long, Long Trailer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Brigit More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is good from start to finish. It is funny and heart warming. I recomend this movie for all 'I love lucy' fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.