07 March 2009

On Location

On this day in 1974, a remake of Mame, starring Lucille Ball, was released in New York City. The film was shot in several locations, including the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. In one scene, Lucy and Robert Preston, who plays Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside, are seen strolling along the promenade deck as he sings, Loving You

Because Ms. Ball was aware some were comparing her unfavorably to a different Mame--Rosalind Russell--she asked Warner Bros to take the film out of circulation. Lucy's Mame was unavailable to televsion for ten years before the film was restored and released on home video in the 1990s. 

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