The Long, Long Trailer is a feature film made by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz during the height of their success in their classic TV sitcom, I Love Lucy. The basic plot is that Tacy Collins (Lucille Ball) and Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Carlos Collini (Desi Arnaz) are engaged to be married. Although Nicky wants to use their saving as a down payment on a house, Tacy wants instead to purchase a trailer home, since Nicky’s job has him spending a lot of time on the road, and this way she could be near him. Nicky gives in, they purchase a trailer home, get married, and begin life on the road. Of course, that’s when life gets interesting. Between learning how to drive a car with this enormous trailer towed behind him, and Lucy’s directions (such as “Right here!” “You didn’t wait for me to finish! I was trying to say, ‘Right here, turn left!'”), stresses build – but all ends happily ever after.
Product Description of The Long, Long Trailer starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz live slaphappily ever after as newlyweds honeymooning in The Long, Long Trailer, breezily directed by Vincente Minnelli. They quickly find that the interior of a moving trailer is ideal for tossing a Caesar salad – and everything else. That backing up their 40-foot, three-ton home is only a little more difficult than threading a needle wearing boxing gloves. And that trailer-park folks are neighborly sorts who turn the lovebirds’ rig into the wrong, wrong trailer by crashing the wedding night.
Co-starring comedy pros Marjorie Main and Keenan Wynn (Ball’s frequent co-star in her MGM days), this smash was filmed at the height of the I Love Lucy craze and is packed with the inventive sight gags and physical humor that made the series a TV landmark. If you like the Trailer, you’re going to love the movie!
Funny Movie Quotes from The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz): It’s a fine thing when you come home to your home and your home is gone!
Tacy (Lucille Ball): What happened?
Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz): Oh nothing, I just cracked my skull.
Mechanic: [repeated line] Trailer brakes first!
Tacy (Lucille Ball): Get that check back. I was going to get us a deep-freeze.
Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz): [gesturing to the in-laws staring coldly at them] You’re getting a deep-freeze right now.
Mrs. Hittaway: This is Mrs. Dudley, the big vagabond next door.
Tacy (Lucille Ball): How do you do, Mrs. Vagabond?
Mechanic: Think of it as a train behind you. Forty feet of train.
Mrs. Hittaway: What good is a trailerite if not to help out another trailerite?
Tacy (Lucille Ball): You didn’t let me finish. I was going to say âturn right here left’.
Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz): Turn right here left? Have you any conception how much room it takes to turn this thing around? We may have to go on for miles.
Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz): Been married long?
Park Keeper: About 31 years.
Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz): Have many fights?
Park Keeper: Nope.
Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz): Then take my advice: don’t buy a trailer.
Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz): [narrating] It was a matter of what would give out first: me or the money.
Aunt Anastacia: You tore down my roses with your lousy, stinking trailer! [starts crying]
Tacy (Lucille Ball): [as they are packing up the trailer for the honeymoon] Honey, I told you to put your clothes in the hall closet!
Nicholas Collini (Desi Arnaz): [in a heavy accent] Well, the hall closet is full of your things.
[sounds like “thins”]
Tacy (Lucille Ball): Oh. Oh, well, put your thins there temporarily. Now come on.