Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"The Long Long Trailer"

     Who can resist the 1954 comedy “The Long Long Trailer”?  Well, maybe a lot of people but ... I'm not one of them.  In fact, I have to watch it every time it’s on TCM.  If Netflix offered the movie via instant watch, I’d see it even more often.  Great script, director (Vincente Minnelli), sets, stars (DesiLu, of course) – all in delicious 50’s Technicolor.  


    
For anyone unfamiliar with the film, here’s the link to TCM’s in-depth synopsis: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=283  There are some wonderful black and white photos of the production as well.  And don’t miss “The Long Long Trailer” trailer! 



Book Jacket
 
    The film was loosely based on a book with the same title by Clinton Twiss.  It was published in 1951 and has been out of print since then, I believe.  A few weeks ago, I finally obtained a copy through interlibrary loan.  In the late 40’s Twiss and his wife of many years quit the rat race and, although completely inexperienced, bought a 29 foot trailer and set off to see the USA in their Chevrolet.  There may be earlier accounts of full-timing adventurers but I’m sure none so completely charming. 


Clinton Twiss


    The story was modified a good bit after it reached Hollywood but the material proved to be an excellent, um, vehicle for Desi and Lucy.  The movie made a lot of money for the couple at a time when “I Love Lucy” was in its fourth season and their popularity was unmatched.    

    Sadly, the author died soon after the book was published and never saw the film.  His widow – Merle – continued to live in the trailer until her death.

If you are a fan of the movie (and can find a copy), give it a read!   

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