Desilu also hired legendary German cameraman Karl Freund as their director of photography. Freund had worked for Fritz Lang, and had shot part of Metropolis. In addition, he had directed a number of Hollywood films himself, and knew his business. Freund used a three-camera setup, which became the standard way of filming situation comedies. Shooting long shots, medium shots, and close-ups on a comedy in front of a live audience demanded discipline, technique, and close choreography.I Love Lucy dominated the weekly TV ratings in the United States for most of its run. The strenuous rehearsals and demands of Desilu studio kept the Arnazes too busy to comprehend the show's success. During the show's hiatus', they starred together in feature films: Vincente Minnelli's The Long, Long Trailer (1954) and Alexander Hall's Forever Darling (1956). When the couple finally found time to attend a Hollywood movie premiere in late 1953, the entire star-studded audience stood and turned with a thunderous applause. It finally connected with the Arnazes. I Love Lucy made them the biggest stars in the nation, even among the Hollywood elite.
Desilu produced several other popular shows, most notably Our Miss Brooks. The Untouchables, Star Trek, and Mission: Impossible. Many other shows, particularly Make Room for Daddy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, and I Spy, were filmed at Desilu Studios and bear its logo. But the eternal logo for laughter and pure honesty in comedy (as defined by Neil and Danny Simon) goes to this amazing performer. Nobody did it better. Lucy was the "James Bond" of comedy. I will venture to say that she still keeps the angels laughing-- and God knows they need it after dealing with the world!