“I Love Lucy” is a trailblazing sitcom, and now the first season of the show is coming to Blu-ray. Watch an exclusive video from that release, showing how the “Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio” episode was edited for syndication.
Why the edit? The show’s sponsor, Philip Morris, appeared in a small piece of advertising during a scene in which Freddy Filmore talked to Lucy Ricardo about getting her husband on his show. While essential to the plot that a sponsor be mentioned, it probably wasn’t a great idea to have that same sponsor always appearing in syndicated episodes.
Thus, the poster is never seen in later versions, even though it appeared during the original broadcast.
In addition to this bonus and all of the Season 1 “I Love Lucy” episodes, the Blu-ray set includes makeup and wardrobe tests, the original pilot episode, radio broadcasts, color home movies and backstage photos.
The “I Love Lucy — Ultimate Season One” Blu-Ray collection will be released on Tuesday, May 6.