On a rainy night, Nicholas Carlos Collini (Desi Arnaz) arrives at the Laramie Trailer Park in Colorado and pounds on the door of his trailer before noticing the "for sale" sign. In the park manager's office, Nick meets Mr. Tewitt (Moroni Olsen), who is thinking of buying a trailer. Nick urges Tewitt to avoid such a purchase for the sake of his marriage, adding that he has been searching for his own wife for the past three days. Nick describes how the trailer came to blight his life.

Two months earlier, in Los Angeles, Nick laughs uproariously when his fiancée Tacy (Lucille Ball) proposes buying a trailer, but she tearfully insists that a trailer would be the only way for them to have their own home while Nick travels on business. She shows Nick a brochure for the fully furnished "Bungalette" model and says a honeymoon in a trailer would be very romantic. They attend a trailer show and look at the Bungalette, which turns out to be disappointingly small. But then she sees an enormous, very expensive trailer and persuades Nick to buy it. The salesman recommends that they have the trailer professionally moved to Colorado, where a job awaits Nick, but Tacy insists that pulling it themselves would be much more fun. So Nick buys a new car and has it modified for hauling a trailer, and the mechanic gives the inexperienced Nick a quick lesson in driving with a trailer.

Nick and Tacy get married and leave on their honeymoon, although Nick finds driving with the forty-foot, three-ton trailer nerve-wracking. Eventually they arrive at the Breeze Bay Trailer Park, but as Nick attempts to carry Tacy over the threshold of their trailer, they are beset by meddling neighbors who think that Tacy has injured her ankle. Late that night, the neighbors finally leave, and the overbearing Mrs. Hittaway (Marjorie Main) tells Nick she has given his wife a sleeping pill. The following morning, Tacy convinces Nick to leave the noisy trailer park and set up camp in the woods, where the trailer gets stuck on the enbankment of a deserted logging road and has to be towed out.

The newlyweds then head off to visit Tacy's Aunt Anastasia (Madge Blake), and Tacy's huge family is waiting to greet them and have a look at the trailer. After bragging about his driving skills, Nick destroys most of the front yard while trying to back the trailer into the driveway, and the couple depart the next day after returning the check Anastasia gave them for their wedding to cover the damages.

Nick and Tacy return to the open highway, and soon come to enjoy domestic life in their trailer. One day, Tacy insists on doing the driving, which leads to the couple's first big fight. They later make up, and Tacy proposes that she simplify their life by starting to prepare their dinner before they stop for the night. However, Tacy's first attempt to cook an elaborate meal in the trailer while Nick is driving is a messy disaster.

The following day, Nick tells Tacy he has received a cash offer for the trailer, but she refuses to consider selling it. As they approach their final destination in Colorado, Nick tells Tacy they must lighten their load before tackling the 8,000-foot ascent. Tacy is loathe to part with the collection of heavy rocks they have acquired as souvenirs during their travels, and without telling Nick, decides instead to distribute them evenly throughout the trailer. The Collinis nervously begin the hair-raising ride up the steep, narrow mountain road. After barely surviving their perilous trip, Nick discovers the rocks in the trailer and begins hurling them over the side of the mountain, despite Tacy's screams of protest.

Back in the rainy trailer park, Nick tells Tewitt that after he and Tacy drove down the mountain without speaking, he unhooked the car and drove away. Tewitt encourages him to apologize, but Nick stubbornly blames Tacy for everything. When Tacy returns to the park, Nick goes to see her, but she greets him coolly. He starts to drive away, but Tacy runs after him, and the couple blurts out their apologies before returning to their trailer.

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Based on a novel by Clinton Twiss in 1951, “The Long, Long Trailer” was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a screenplay by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich. The plot is simple; a couple buys a new travel trailer and decide to honeymoon on the road and finally end up in a trailer park where they will live happily ever after. Of course, when you have Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as the couple, you know comedy in just right around the corner.

“The Long, Long Trailer” is a fun movie. Nothing else. Most of the comedy ensues with Lucy’s traditional slapstick. One point in the film, she decides to make breakfast while Nick is driving, therefore saving them loads of time. The scene is hysterical with Lucy ending up with… well, literally egg on her face as well as half the kitchen food.

The supporting cast is a virtual who’s who of character actors that equally shine in their own right. Keenan Wynn as the traffic policeman trying to maneuver Nick through traffic with the monster of all trailers. Or Marjorie Main as the nosey trailer park neighbor who thinks she is helping Tacy by giving her a sleeping pill when she thinks she accidentally twisted her ankle. Thus sending her into a 12 hour sleep…. on their honeymoon!.

The biggest shock of the movie was Vincente Minnelli. Although his direction was flawless, one would have thought after directing such classics as “An American in Paris”, “Meet Me In St. Louis” and “The Pirate” that he would have passed on this cinematic piece of fluff. But Minnelli's critical reputation in America was known as a "pure stylist" who, in film critic Andrew Sarris' words, "believes more in beauty than in art." And there was plenty of that.

Cinematographer Robert Surtees (who also shot “Ben Hur” “Oklahoma!” and “Mogambo” to name a few) captures the beauty of America as Nick and Tacy drive across country. The film's closing credits thank the National Park Service for permission to film in Yosemite National Park. There is one memorable scene where the car and trailer emerge from a tunnel to a view of Yosemite Valley, complete with a panorama of El Capitan, Half Dome, and the Yosemite Falls.

According to Robert Osborne, the host of Turner Classic Movies, the studio was not sure if this film would be a success because they thought that people would not pay money to see Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in a movie when they could watch the couple on television for free in their wildly popular “I Love Lucy”. Arnaz made a $25,000 bet with the studio that the movie would make more money than the current highest grossing comedy at that time which was “Father of the Bride” starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor and incidentally also directed by Vincente Minnelli. Arnaz won the bet.

All in all, this movie is a fun, family entertaining movie that will surely leave a smile on your face of a simpler, happier by gone era.