This short 8mm color film footage was fimed by an audience member of I Love Lucy, on the evening of October 12, 1951, at Sound Stage #2 of Desilu Studios in Hollywood, California.
The episode filmed that night was sixth episode of the first season, “The Audition.” It was a remake of the I Love Lucy pilot episode, which was presumed lost until 1990.
Although many people tried to capture the scene of filming, producer and writer Jess Oppenheimer prohibited it, because of the possibilities of leaking. This footage is the only surviving “behind-the-scenes” material of this legendary sitcom.
“The Audition.” By Madelyn Pugh Davis, Bob Carroll Jr., Jess Oppenheimer. I Love Lucy. CBS, Los Angeles. 19 Nov. 1951.