From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series,Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.
Lately our installments for travel-themed flicks have revolved around the past 20 years, so we thought it fitting that we head back about 61 years to highlight the comic genius of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the breakout big screen hit of‘The Long, Long Trailer.’ On display is more than the star duo, but the mid-century desire for a vacation home and an American road trip, combined.
Newlyweds Nicky and Tracy Collini start planning their honeymoon when Tracy (played by Ball) convinces her groom (played by Arnaz) to buy a Redman “New Moon” trailer-home. This way, she rations, they could see the country while saving money to purchase an actual home after their trip. Spending a whopping $1,800 for a “home away from home,” the pair spend the start of their coupled lives in a convertible Mercury Monterey and, if you remember Lucy, this isn’t an ordinary honeymoon.
In of the most famous scenes of the movie, Tracy decides to get a leg-up on the night’s dinner while Nicky drives them to the next campground. Nicky, cluelessly singing to himself while driving, doesn’t drive carefully enough to allow Tracy to prepare the meal without a mess.
A few wrong turns and inner-city driving mishaps are sprinkled in between perfectly performed musical numbers that make us forget the trouble and fights moments before. The ultimate destination is the Sierra Nevada Mountains, but on the way there the movie poses the question: does travel really bring people together or does it drive them apart?
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