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The Long, Long Trailer Blu-ray Review

“The Long, Long Trailer” is an engaging relationship comedy that could use more laughs. 

Based on the novel of the same name, 1953’s “The Long, Long Trailer” is a road movie/relationship comedy that pairs Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz together. The film, which was made during the “I Love Lucy” era, revolves around a couple (Nicholas and Tacy). Nicholas is often on the road working and Tacy comes up with the idea of buying a trailer so that she can be on the road with him and make a home for him. Despite it being a pricey endeavor, Nicholas and Tacy go through with getting the trailer (along with a new car and rig) before getting married. As the newlyweds hit the road for their honeymoon to begin a new life together, they discover that life on the road (and in a trailer) is problematic. Moreover, their marriage becomes tested by the whole ordeal 

The prolific classic film director Vincente Minnelli brought TV’s most beloved couple to the big screen with the “The Long, Long Trailer.” The film doesn’t feel like a glorified episode of “I Love Lucy” though as it’s a very cinematic movie (complete with some fantastic location shooting). It’s also a surprisingly mature story about the trials and tribulations of marriages (and living in a trailer). One would think the premise would be ripe with comedic moments, but strangely writers Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich don’t pile on the comedic set pieces. Sure, there’s funny moments involving a trailer park, parking, and Tacy’s meal turning into a disaster, but the tone tends to be more tense and frantic. Between their relationship being on the rocks and their travels being bumpy (especially on a treacherous narrow hill), it’s more of an amusingly stressful movie to watch. Could and should there have been more comedy? Perhaps, but maybe there was a conscious decision to make the movie deviate from the material one would see on “I Love Lucy.” If that’s the case it’s understandable.

As one might assume, this is entirely Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s movie. Minnelli and the writers do a commendable job of showing each character’s perspectives throughout the entire film so that the audience understands each person’s POV in this rocky marriage. Ball and Arnaz are in peak form here with Arnaz stealing the film as the anxiety filled Nicholas (who does belt out a couple tunes here and there). Ball does show shades of Lucy here, but gives a more understated performance. 

“The Long, Long Trailer” is available on the Amazon Warner Archive store, Movie Zyng, among other online retailers.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The Technicolor film has never looked better thanks to this stunningly colorful hi-def transfer. 

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the sounds of the trailer to the tumbling rocks, this is an all-around impressive 2.0 track.

Extras include a theatrical trailer, the “Dixieland Droopy” cartoon short (love Droopy dog) and a short film about aggravating activities called “Ain’t It Aggravatin’?”

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January 21, 2023 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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