55 Bizarre Stories From Sitcoms Of The 1950s and 1960s

By Terry Claypoole

Lucille Ball Struggled with the "Vitameatavegamin" Episode of "I Love Lucy".

This collection of colorized images from classic 1950s and 1960s black and white television shows will have you reminiscing about some of your favorite series of the past. If you were a fan when these shows originally aired, you will love to learn the behind-the-scenes secrets, fun facts, feuds, and tragedies that were not publicly known about these classic shows at the time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a blast from the past with these colorized screen stills from classic black and white television shows. 

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Who could forget this episode of I Love Lucy in which Lucy becomes a spokesperson for a new product, a medicinal elixir called “Vitameatavegamin”? In this episode, which originally aired in 1952, Lucy must reshoot the commercial over and over again, each time taking a spoonful of the medicine. Unbeknownst to her, the elixir has a high alcohol content. With each take, Lucy gets drunker and drunker, slurring her words and losing her train of thought. While this episode remains one of the most popular ones among I Love Lucy fans, Lucille Ball didn’t agree. This episode was challenging for her. Why? Because Ball, a consummate professional, had a phobia about botching her lines. To combat this, she always made sure she had all her lines perfectly memorized. For this episode, she had to memorize all the jumbled words and mispronunciations rather than try to improvise her lines.