For the famous “Candy Making” episode (Job Switching), the stage manager of I Love Lucy, Herb Browar, hired a real candy maker for a few scenes. Her name was Amanda Milligan and she, unintentionally, provided the laugh-makers with a few laughs. Below are two stories about this character – the first one is by Browar, the second is by Jess Oppenheimer (Producer and head writer).
“I remembered seeing a See’s Candy factory somewhere nearby on Santa Monica Boulevard. It was on the second floor of a building. I dropped by and spoke to the manager, telling him I wanted to hire the best candy maker he had. He introduced me to this lady whose name was Amanda Milligan. She was the best as far as the swirls on top of each chocolate were concerned. A real pro. I made arrangements to get her into the Screen Extras Guild simply because no one already in the union had her particular expertise. Now, remember, all this woman did all day long was put swirls on chocolates. Eight hours a day, for years. So, it’s the second day of rehearsals and I notice her sitting by the Lucy set watching the principals rehearse the first scenes. I go up to her and say, ‘Well, what do you think about being in the movies?’ She looked at me wearily and said, ‘I’ve never been so bored in my life!” – Herb Browar
“Lucy was introduced to the woman on the stage and asked if she liked the show. The woman answered, ‘What show?’ Lucy replied, ‘I Love Lucy.’ Then the dipper asked, ‘When is it on?’ and Lucy answered, ‘Monday Night.’ ‘Oh,’ said the woman, ‘I watch wrestling that night.’ ” – Jess Oppenheimer
Priceless, I’d have given half my material possessions to have ever met Lucy and here’s someone who stood before the queen of comedy and made her take a back seat to wrestling!