In the beginning scene of “Lucy Does a Commercial,” the Mise en scene creates the domestic mood that Lucy feels trapped in, as well as her frustration of trying to be a diligent housewife through the typical position of the wife, taking care of the family, and her dress, modest yet fashionable clothing.
Lucy is staged darning her husband’s sock in a neat and tidy living room; however, when she finishes, she realizes that she messed up yet again! Her face appears disappointed revealing her dissatisfaction with her performance as the dutiful housewife. This dilemma sets up her desire to please her husband and to find a task that she will excel in, in order to prove to her husband that she is not a ditzy women whose place is in the home 24/7.
The clothing that Lucy wears reflects the modesty and self respect that a proper wife should demonstrate. She is not dressed in business clothes which would hint that she is a working women. Her husband is the one dressed in professional attire; therefore, he is the money maker in the family. While what she is wearing is feminine, the patterned shirt and the high waistline, she wears pants. Even in the 1950’s, women still traditionally wore dresses and skirts although pants were accepted as women’s clothes. By dressing her in pants, she moves more freely, note she sits in an un-lady like position, challenging the women’s norms and paralleling her frustration of being stuck in the home.