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Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991)

PG
TV Movie | 95 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

This made for TV movie tells the story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It begins in the 1930's when they met as actors under contract at RKO and ends with their divorce in 1960. In between we see how their careers developed, their often ...See moreThis made for TV movie tells the story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It begins in the 1930's when they met as actors under contract at RKO and ends with their divorce in 1960. In between we see how their careers developed, their often rocky marriage, and how they came to develop the groundbreaking and iconic "I Love Lucy" show. Written by hlahorner See less
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William Luce (story) (teleplay) | Cynthia A. Cherbak (teleplay)
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Updated Feb 10, 1991

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Feb 10, 1991 (United States)

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31 cast members
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Frances Fisher
Lucille Ball Lucille Ball   See fewer
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Maurice Benard
Desi Arnaz Desi Arnaz   See fewer
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Robin Pearson Rose
Vivian Vance Vivian Vance   See fewer
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John Wheeler
William Frawley William Frawley   See fewer
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Bette Ford
De-De De-De   See fewer
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Edith Diaz
Mother Arnaz Mother Arnaz   See fewer
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Liane Langland
Maureen O'Hara Maureen O'Hara   See fewer
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Patrick Cronin
Doc Bender Doc Bender   See fewer
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Alan Oppenheimer
Arthur Lyons Arthur Lyons   See fewer
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Joyce Blair
Roxana Roxana   See fewer
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Don Keefer
Grandpa Ball Grandpa Ball   See fewer
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Roger Rose
Cousin Larry Cousin Larry   See fewer
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Rance Howard
Bernie Bernie   See fewer
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Aleisa Shirley
Marguerita Marguerita   See fewer
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Doug Franklin
Marc Daniels Marc Daniels   See fewer
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Howard Schechter
Jess Oppenheimer (as Howard Schecter) Jess Oppenheimer (as Howard Schecter)   See fewer
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Robert West
Vocals Vocals   See fewer
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Trella Hart
Vocals, "Night and Day" Vocals, "Night and Day"   See fewer
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Benita Arterberry
Vocals, 'I'm Afraid That I Love You' (voice) Vocals, 'I'm Afraid That I Love You' (voice)   See fewer
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Joanie Sommers
Vocals, "Fools Rush In" Vocals, "Fools Rush In"   See fewer
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Steven A. Hite
Beach Partier (uncredited) Beach Partier (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 191 votes