I Love Lucy Color Footage (1951)


Priceless color footage taken by an audience member.
This short 8 mm Color film Footage was filmed by an audience member of "I Love Lucy", on the evening of October 12, 1951, at Sound Stage #2 of Desilu Studios, Hollywood, California.

The episode being filmed was Episode 6 of Season One, "The Audition".( It was a remake of "I Love Lucy" pilot episode, which was presumed lost until 1990.)

Although  many people who tried to capture the  filming, Jess Oppenheimer, the producer and writer of "I Love Lucy",  prohibited it, because of the risk of leaking it. Because of this, this footage is the only surviving material of "Behind-the-Scenes" of this legendary sitcom. (It is said that Desi Arnaz filmed some filming scenes using his own 8 mm movie camera, but it is not proven.)

Of all four main stars, Vivian Vance does not in this footage. Jess Oppenheimer, and renouned cameraman, Karl Freund, are seen briefly.

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