Jess Oppenheimer’s Treatment for the “I Love Lucy” Pilot (1951)

Friday, March 2, 1951

On March 2, 1951, Jess Oppenheimer registered his treatment with the Screen Writer’s Guild for the pilot episode of “I Love Lucy.”  The final paragraph:  “The first story concerns a TV audition for Ricky, where Pepito, the clown, due to an accident, fails to appear and Lucy takes his place for the show.  Although she does a band-up job she forgoes the chance at a career that is offered to her in order to keep Ricky happy and closer to his dress of normalcy.”


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