Sunday, January 22, 2017

New Moon

The 1953 MGM movie "The Long, Long Trailer" starring Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball has always been one of my favorites. It's the story of  newlyweds Nicky and Tacy Collini who strike out cross country pulling "forty feet of train" in the form of a New Moon Travel Trailer pulled by their 1953 Mercury Monterey convertible through busy city streets and up steep, winding mountain roads. The characters aren't a far stretch from their Ricky and Lucy roles, so it might well have been an "I Love Lucy" movie.  It's filled with plenty of Lucy zaniness and Ricky frustration.  At the time, the movie was the highest grossing MGM comedy to date and had a great economic impact on the Redman Homes, manufacturer of the New Moon, resulting in an increase in production from one or two trailers a day to hundreds.

This weekend, I was at a sale and found another stash of 35mm slides (I can't help it, I'm addicted).  A handful of the slides featured an older couple sitting in front of their own New Moon.


At the same sale I also saw the original brochure for the trailer featuring Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball.

Image courtesy Nancy's Vintage Trailers

They had also saved a newspaper feature on the movie. Clearly, this couple was a fan of the movie as well.



As it turns out, the husband, Frank Mihalyi, was co-owner of and designer at the Benjamin air rifle company here in St. Louis.  I'm not sure which gentleman above is Frank.


At least on one occasion, they stayed at the Royal Palm Trailer Park. There are a number of parks bearing that name today, so I'm not sure which one it was.


I wish this hadn't been a double exposure. It looks like a good shot of the park.




In case you haven't seen the movie, here's "The Long, Long Trailer" trailer.


5 comments:

Sharon said...

That has always been one of my favorite movies too. I love those slides and the old RVs.

Tom said...

I would love to buy a classic RV. Maybe someday. Hey, what happened to your blog?

Sharon said...

I suspended it for awhile. Haven't been in the mood to blog about anything since the election.

Anonymous said...

we have a 1953 redman new moon trailer like in the movie with Lucy. How do we sell to an interested restorer?

Tom said...

Your best bet to sell it would be eBay or Craig's list. There are restoration places like Flyte Camp (http://www.flytecamp.com/), but unless you are local to them, I'm not sure they would be interested.

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