WorldCat Identities

Arnaz, Desi 1917-1986

Works: 692 works in 1,021 publications in 1 language and 19,515 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Television comedies  Biography  History  Television programs  Comedy films  Music 
Roles: Actor, Performer, Producer, Author, Conductor, Singer, Narrator, Composer, Speaker
Classifications: PN1992.77, 791.4575
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Desi Arnaz
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Most widely held works by Desi Arnaz
I love Lucy ( Visual )
25 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 1,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The pilot & first season that introduced America to the redheaded housewife with show business aspirations, her long-suffering bandleader husband, and their friends the Mertzes (the prototypical sitcom wacky neighbors). Produced by Ball & Arnaz' company Desilu, the duo (along with co-creator Jess Oppenheimer) decided to shoot the show in Hollywood, on 35 mm film in front of a live studio audience, with three cameras to capture the action
The long, long trailer ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1954 and 2011 in English and held by 893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lucy and Desi play newlyweds who hit the honeymoon road with a 40-foot trailer in tow
I love Lucy ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains gems such as "Job switching" in which Lucy and Ethel do unforgettable battle with a chocolate factory conveyor belt; and "The operetta" in which Lucy's money problems bring down the curtain on her role as "Queen of the gypsies". This collection also includes the groundbreaking "pregnancy shows", including the touching moment at the Tropicana when Lucy breaks the news to Ricky that they are going to have a baby, and "Lucy goes to the hospital" the record-setting episode that garnered the highest ratings in 1953
I love Lucy ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 591 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
All 31 episodes from the third season of Lucy's hilarious adventures; the Ricardos adjust to being parents, but will Lucy's motherhood affect her show biz ambitions?
I love Lucy ( Visual )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lucy & Ricky are still happy in New York, but when Ricky is offered a part in a Hollywood film, the Ricardos and the Mertzes head off to California via a cross-country automobile trip. The change of locale offers new opportunities for Lucy to get in trouble, and a chance for movie stars to guest on the show once the Ricardos make it to Hollywood
I love Lucy ( Visual )
8 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The redhead is up to some of her most hilarious shenanigans. Back home in New York, Ricky buys the nightclub, and renames it Club Babalu. The Ricardos and Mertzes take trips to Florida and Cuba, and then decide to move to rural Connecticut. We also meet Little Ricky, now a 5-year old drumming sensation, and a new set of Connecticut neighbors for the Ricardos. Includes all 27 episodes of the sixth and final season of the "I love Lucy" show
I love Lucy ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When the Ricardos and Mertzs return from Hollywood, Ricky's band gets booked on an European tour and Fred goes along as the band's manager. Determined not to be left behind, Lucy and Ethel raise the money they need to travel with a charity scam. Europe isn't ready for the new American invasion. Includes all 26 episodes
Broadway's lost treasures III the best of the Tony Awards ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A compilation of Broadway song & dance numbers from The Tony Awards, as performed by the original cast members between 1968 and 2002
I love Lucy the movie ( Visual )
24 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1953, three classic first season I Love Lucy episodes (The Benefit; Breaking the Lease; and The Ballet) were edited together with newly filmed connecting scenes to create a never-before-released feature-length film. Shelved in a mislabeled can, it was lost for nearly half a century, until it was discovered in the Paramount vault in 2001
I love Lucy ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Following its wildly successful six-season run, "I love Lucy" expanded to a one-hour format as "The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz show" (later released as "The Lucy-Desi comedy hour"). These hilarious specials debuted with the 75-minute-long "Lucy takes a cruise to Havana" in which Lucy McGillicuddy--vacationing with her best friend Susie MacNamara--meets Ricky Ricardo for the first time. In a subsequent show, Lucy attempts to get chummy with new neighbor Tallulah Bankhead, with predictably wacky results. Then, when Little Ricky's dream of having a horse seems to be just that--a dream--Lucy finds a way to win one for him. From shenanigans in a men-only Geisha house in Tokyo to clowning with famed performer Red Skelton in Alaska and bullfighting in Mexico, Lucy and Desi's star-studded TV episodes continue the love, laughs and classically funny situations that make "I love Lucy" one of television's greatest comedy series
Roots of rhythm by Eugene Rosow( Visual )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Remonta los orígenes de la música latina de España y África al Nuevo Mundo (Programa 1). Se centra en la música pop desarrollada en Cuba y examina como los Norteamericanos comenzaron a descubrir los tesoros musicales de esta isla (Programa 2). Muestra cómo la música española africana se ha hecho parte básica de la cultura musical popular de los Estados Unidos (Programa 3)"
Forever darling ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lorenzo and Susan put their marriage to the ultimate test: they go camping. Susan's guardian angel, seen only by Susan, joins them. Soon we're headed for comedy chaos: tent-raising, forest critters, inflatable rafts, and other elements of roughing it
Lucy's lost episodes ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rare sketches you'll never see in "I Love Lucy" reruns! Lucille Ball's extraordinary talent carried her beyond her highly popular series "I Love Lucy", "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", "The Lucy Show", and "Here's Lucy". With husband Desi Arnaz (who played Ricky Ricardo) and cast members Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz) and William Frawley (Fred Mertz) she was a frequent guest of other celebrities on their shows during the Golden Age of TV. You'll see them on a 1954 live broadcast, "Toast of the Town", in which host Ed Sullivan gets manhandled when he pays a visit to their home. In this hiliarious sketch, the three of them crack up when Ed actually laughs. In 1955, Lucy and Desi stumped the "What's My Line?" panelists with their disguised voices and back and forth answers. In 1959, a promotional film - never aired on TV - was produced for westinghouse, the new sponsor of the "Desilu Playhouse". This unique look at the Desilu Studio contains a wealth of early TV history as well as lots of laughs
Too many girls ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1988 and 2006 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The father of a young girl starting college at a school where the girls outnumber the boys ten to one sends four bodyguards with her for protection. The bodyguards are also ace football players, and although its forbidden, they find a way to play, and rocket the hapless team to gridiron fame
Bataan by Tay Garnett( Visual )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bataan realistically shows the tensions, the ugly hardships and the ultimate heroism of a small patrol of American and Filipino fighting men in 1942. Their task is to destroy a strategic bridge in a last-ditch battle against Japan's capture of the Philippines. No run-of-the-millitary war movie, Bataan is a stirring tribute to all who believe, in the words of one of the heroes, that "it doesn't matter where a man dies so long as he dies for freedom."
I love Lucy 50th anniversary special ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes clips from 10 favorite episodes chosen by the fans, interviews from the creators of the series including the writers, director and editor, as well as historians and fans. Visit Lucy's childhood home with her children, Desi Arnaz Jr. and Lucie Arnaz. Also included are musical performances and a tribute to Desi Arnaz's Latin musical heritage, as well as personal commentary from current popular stars such as Antonio Banderas, Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, and many others
I love Lucy ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lucy thinks Ricky is trying to murder her: A misunderstood conversation overheard by Lucy makes her suspicious of her husband. The Quiz show: To win $1, 000 Lucy pretends to have been married to someone else. The audition: Lucy clowns it up as Buffo the Clown. The seance: Lucy and Ethel become interested in the supernatural
The Bob Hope show by Bob Hope( Recording )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Side 1 : "Starring Bob Hope. Mel Blanc, Frances Langford and Jerry Colonna entertain the troops aboard a Navy ship docked in San Francisco. Lionel Hampton performs 'Jump King of Swing' from the Sweets Ballroom in Oakland. AFRS. Broadcast 10-23-45."
Greatest classic films collection. Arsenic and old lace ; A night at the opera ; The long, long trailer ; Father of the bride ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
[Disc 2]. In The long, long trailer, newlyweds hit the honeymoon road with a 40-foot trailer in tow. In Father of the bride, chaos reigns when the beautiful daughter of a family casually announces her plans to marry. What follows is a warmly humorous story, with wedding preparations, ruffled egos and the unavoidable meeting with the prospective in-laws
Bataan Back to Bataan ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bataan: A small band of American soldiers attempts to destroy a strategic bridge during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1942
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Alternative Names
Acha, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de 1917-1986
Arnaz, Desi 1917-
Arnaz, Desi Jr
Arnaz y de Acha, Desiderio Alberto 1917-1986
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