top of page
  • Laci Barry Post

How Lucille Ball’s Teeth Helped Win the War!

Updated: Sep 3, 2020


This is bizarre story from World War II! In 1942, Lucille Ball, actress and future star of I Love Lucy, had several lead fillings put in at the dentist. Afterwards, she was driving home late one night from MGM Studios and started hearing music coming from her mouth. A co-worker told her that she was picking up a nearby radio station and that he knew someone else who had fillings and experienced the same thing.


A few days later, she was driving home a different way from work and began hearing short beeps that sounded like Morse code. She reported it to the FBI who searched the area and found a Japanese underground radio transmitter. It was hidden in a tool shed that was used by a Japanese gardener, who turned out to be part of a spy ring operating on the West Coast!

Listen to Lucille Ball herself tell the story in this 1974 interview with Dick Cavett. History can be amusing!

3,494 views0 comments
bottom of page