Minuteman Statue -
Historic Connecticut monument
featured on episode No.1050/179 "The
Ricardo's Dedicate a Statue" on the sitcom I
After Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Ricky
Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) moved to the town of Westport,
Connecticut, Lucy accidentally breaks the town's
new stone "Minuteman" statue of a patriot
kneeling with a musket. Attempting to cover
up her blunder, Lucy pretended to be the statue
The episode begins as the local
historical society commissions a sculptor named
Mr. Silvestri to create a "Minuteman" statue for
an upcoming town Yankee Doodle Day pageant
celebrating the town's Revolutionary War heroes.
Lucy, a member of the historical society is
responsible for transporting the statue to the
event. The statue rests in a trailer behind her
Ford station wagon and is all ready to be
delivered. But when Lucy's little boy Ricky, Jr.
says that his dog Fred has run away, Lucy jumps
into the car and speeds down the road in search
of the pup.
Unfortunately, the sudden
acceleration of the car causes the statue to
topple out of the trailer and shatter on the
ground. Frantic to get a replacement, Lucy calls
Mr. Silvestri who is puzzled why Lucy needs
another statue. Thinking quickly Lucy replies
"Why? …Well, Westport is growing and may become
twin cities like Minnepaul and St. Apolis."
despite Lucy's pleas, Mr. Silvestri can't
deliver another statue for at least two weeks,
and so Lucy comes up with a solution of her own.
Of course, in true Lucy style, her attempt to
impersonate the statue fails hilariously after
Fred the dog licks her face and she begins to
TRIVIA NOTE: The
prop statue used on Episode No. 179 was designed
by Silvestri Studios in Los Angeles.
The real "Minuteman" statue mentioned in the
script is located at Compo Beach in Westport,
Connecticut on Campo Beach Road near Compo Hill,
and commemorates the famous clash between the
Continental Army Minutemen and the British
The Westport Minute Man statue was created by
Harry Daniel Webster and dedicated in 1910 (it's
image is now part of the Westport flag created
There are two other famous "Minuteman" statues
in New England. The first is located in
Lexington. Created by Henry Kitson, the statue
portrays Captain Parker, the leader of the
Lexington Militia on the morning of April 19,
1995 as he stood on the Battle Green as the
His now famous words to his 130 men instruct
"Stand your ground; don't fire unless fired
upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it
The second "Minuteman" statue stands in Concord
Massachusetts. It was created by Daniel Chester
French who later sculpted the famous Lincoln
statue in Washington, DC.
Episode No. 179 (aired May 6, 1957) marked the
first time the real Desi Arnaz, Jr. was seen. He
appeared in the dedication ceremony crowd in the
second act. Lucie Arnaz was not seen, however.
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