One Miss Lucille Ball, an able actress and an agile dancer, contributes an exquisite scene as a dancer with soap shoes. This is so beautifully done it's worth the whole price of admission. Miss Ball plays it quite straight, intensifying the emotion of each disaster. She rates, thereby, more conspicuous roles, and more intense promotion. She is a comedienne, which always means a "find."
—New York Daily Mirror, 1936, That Girl From Paris
Many of the stars Lucille worked with—including Harpo Marx, William Holden, and Bob Hope—showed up later on I Love Lucy. But it was a bit player in a film called Too Many Girls who turned Lucille from the Queen of the B's to the Queen of tv comedy: a Cuban hearthrob called Desi Arnaz.
Lucy at the Movies lays out the girl from Jamestown, New York's path from Hollywood bit player to madcap mistress of the airwaves, with synopses, photos, background, and reviews of seminal films like Fuller Brush Girl, Miss Grant Takes Richmond, Two Smart People, Look Who's Laughing, and much more.
[Take this I Love Lucy trivia test—I got 6 of 18 wrong.]
[Understandably, Lucy and Carol Burnett were great friends. Don't miss The Carol Burnett Show—Carol's Favorites: Collector's Edition!]