The Lucy Show (1962–1968)
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Lucy Gets Caught Up in the Draft 

When a letter arrives from the US Government, Lucy finds that she's mistakenly been drafted. Instead of "Lucy," the letter is addressed to "Lou C." She sets off to the draft office to ... See full summary »


Maury Thompson




Episode complete credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Lucy Carmichael
Gale Gordon ... Mr. Theodore J. Mooney
Clark Howat ... Army Lieutenant
Ben Gage Ben Gage ... Marine Lieutenant
Sid Gould Sid Gould ... Mailman
Herb Vigran ... Doctor
Harry Hickox ... Marine Sergeant


When a letter arrives from the US Government, Lucy finds that she's mistakenly been drafted. Instead of "Lucy," the letter is addressed to "Lou C." She sets off to the draft office to correct the mistake, but due to stupid "rules and regulations," Lucy finds that she has to become a Marine until the paperwork gets straightened out. She proceeds to make life miserable for her sergeant. Written by SR.

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Release Date:

14 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Desilu Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jim Nabors makes an appearance as Gomer Pyle. See more »


[first lines]
Lucy Carmichael: [on the phone] Hello? Oh hi Mary Jane. Go to the beach? Are you kidding? Well it sounds wonderful, but I have to work. Yes, on a Saturday, yes. Now, wait a minute, wait a minute. That's not fair, comparing Mr. Mooney to Simon Legree. No, no, I'm not defending Mr. Mooney, I'm defending Simon Legree.
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Spoofs Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) See more »

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Proof that Lucille Ball could have just stood there drooling for a half hour and folks would have loved it!
25 February 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The plot to "Lucy Gets Caught Up in the Draft" is so fundamentally stupid and nonsensical that it helps to prove that back in the day, Lucille Ball was so popular that she could have done ANYTHING and the public would have watched her show. That, and the writers of her 1960s show essentially were phoning it in here!

When the episode begins, Lucy receives an induction notice addressed to Lou C. Carmichael. Naturally a mistake has been made...they used this script! If such a thing were really to have occurred, Lucy should have just ignored the notice, but being a comedy show, Mr. Mooney convinces her to go down in person to explain the mistake...and they insist that she's been inducted. So, a middle-aged woman is being inducted into the Marines...that's really stretching. And, throughout the show, she keeps insisting they've made a mistake and the folks in charge admit it must be true but 'orders are orders'.

While times have changed, women have never been drafted into the US military. And, if they would, they would have picked someone who wasn't 55 years-old! An utterly ridiculous story that just isn't funny...despite the laugh track that insisted it was. Normally, I wouldn't review a show like this...but it was appallingly bad that I felt compelled and I doubt if I'll review any more Lucy shows.

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