The Honeymooners

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  • S 12 : Ep 5

    Jackie Gleason's Honeymooners' Christmas

    Aired 12/10/78

  • S 12 : Ep 4

    The Honeymooners Valentine Special

    Aired 2/13/78

  • S 12 : Ep 3

    The Honeymooners Christmas Special

    Aired 11/26/77

  • S 12 : Ep 2

    The Honeymooners Second Honeymoon

    Aired 2/2/76

  • S 12 : Ep 1

    Women's Lib

    Aired 10/11/73

  • Cast & Crew
  • Art Carney

    Ed Norton

  • Audrey Meadows

    Alice Kramden (1952-1957, 1966, 1976-1978)

  • Jackie Gleason

    Ralph Kramden

  • Sue Ane Langdon

    (Alice Kramden (1962))

  • Patricia Wilson

    Trixie Norton (1962)

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  • 328 Chauncey Street, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York is where the apartment residences of the Kramdens and the Nortons stand. These four people, fifteen years after the depression are still struggling to make ends meet. Ralph Kramden and Alice Gibson married following his acquiring employment as a bus driver with the Gotham Bus Company. Edward Lillywhite Norton, a sewer worker, and his wife, Thelma 'Trixie', live above the Kramdens. The stories depict the sincere attempts of two men attempting to better their lives, and the ensuing frustrations when their schemes to strike it rich inevitably backfire. Although "The Honeymooners" is one of the best remembered comedy highlights of TV's golden age, it was seen for most of its history as a segment within other programs. From 1951-1952, "The Honeymooners" was first seen as a sketch within DuMont's "Cavalcade of Stars", with Pert Kelton originating the role of Alice and with Art Carney's first appearance as a cop. (See season 1). Carney wouldn't appear as Ed Norton until 11/2/1951 along with Elaine Stritch portraying Trixie in her 1 & only appearance. Joyce Randolph would join the cast on 12/7/1951. On 3/30/1952, with Gleason and company departing to CBS in the fall, Gleason, Kelton, & Carney perform a 10 minute "Honeymooners" sketch on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" (Season 5, Episode 30) titled "The Ring Salesman". This sketch can be found on the "The Honeymooners Lost Episodes" DVD Box Set." On 5/4/1952 Gleason, Kelton, & Carney perform a 10 minute "Honeymooners" sketch on "Toast of the Town" (Season 5, Episode 35) titled "Alice And Ralph Get Dressed For A Date Last Night". This sketch can be found on rare "Best of Ed Sullivan" VHS's, it is not on the DVD box set. In the fall of 1952, Jackie moved his show to CBS and "The Jackie Gleason Show" was born. (See seasons 2, 3, & 4), Audrey Meadows assumes the role of Alice. In 1955 Gleason wanted a respite from the full-hour live weekly variety show. It was decided to film a full season of half-hour Honeymooners shows. All hail "The Classic 39" (see season 5). In 1956, after the less-than-anticipated response to the filmed "Honeymooners", Gleason returned to a regular variety format for 1 additional season (see season 6). In 1957 as part of the final season of "The Jackie Gleason Show", Jackie brought aboard Jerry Bresler & Lyn Duddy to create what is now known as the 1957 - Trip To Europe musical episodes. In 1960, Jackie Gleason brings back Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton in the "Jackie Gleason Special: The Big Sell." Not available on DVD. The Honeymooners sketch that is performed is a take on the classic 39 "Ralph Kramden, Inc." In 1962, after a 5 year hiatus from weekly Television, Jackie returned with "Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine" (see season 6). From 1962 to 1964 this show was from New York. Only 2 "Honeymooners" sketches were performed with Sue Ann Langdon taking on the role of Alice and Patricia Wilson as Trixie. In 1964 Jackie moved his "American Scene Magazine" from NY to Miami, retitled it "The Jackie Gleason Show." To move the entire crew and staff Jackie chartered a train of 14 cars for over 100 passengers and dubbed it "The Great Gleason Express". This would be where the remaining "Honeymooners" would be filmed, though still set in Bensonhurst. In 1966, Audrey Meadows returned for 1 special episode, "The Adoption", a classic Jerry Bresler & Lyn Duddy musical episode featuring Ralph & Alice's attempt to adopt a baby. This would be the last episode filmed in black & white and is a precursor to what is now known as the "Color Honeymooners" over the next 4 seasons. From 1966 to 1970, the majority of these episodes were Jerry Bresler & Lyn Duddy mini-musicals, now known as the "Color Honeymooners". Sheila MacRea would portray Alice and Jane Kean as Trixie. These episodes can be seen on the "American Life TV Network" with all 4 seasons on DVD. On 9/30/1968 Jackie appears uncredited as Ralph Kramden in one of the funniest episodes of "Here's Lucy" titled "Lucy Visits Jack Benny". Jack Benny appears as himself. Tis episode appears on "Here's Lucy" DVD Season 1. On 10/11/1973, Jackie Gleason brought "The Honeymooners" back in a 1 time special that aired on CBS titled "Women's Lib" (see season 12). On 5/22/1974, Jackie Gleason and Julie Andrews portray Ralph Kramden & Ed Norton on the special "Julie & Jackie: How Sweet It Is". This would mark the only time Jackie would portray Ralph alongside anyone else portraying Ed Norton. Jackie always said he could never do Ralph without any other guy other than Art Carney. From 1976 to 1978, the last 4 "Honeymooners" were filmed in Miami and Atlantic City (see season 12). These holiday themed specials that aired on ABC would see the return of Audrey Meadows as Alice and Jane Kean as Trixie. On February 6, 1985 Jackie Gleason holds a press conference at New York's "21 Club" with Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph by his side. It is here that Jackie announces that the "The Honeymooners: The Lost Episodes" will make their television debut on Showtime in September 1985. On May 13, 1985 NBC airs "The Honeymooners Reunion" a new special showing numerous clips and scenes of upcoming "Lost Episodes". From May through August 1985 the "Museum of Broadcasting" presents "Discovery: Lost Episodes" airing 17 "Lost Episodes" ready for public viewing. On September 2, 1985 Showtime airs a 3 & 1/2 hour "Lost Episodes Marathon" airing 8 complete "Lost" classics. In September 1986 the "Lost Episodes" made their non-cable debut bumping the total # of "Honeymooners" episodes in syndication from 39 to 118. Thank you Jackie Gleason!! NOTE: This episode guide contains all episodes of "The Honeymooners" that were either sketches as seen on "The Jackie Gleason Show" and "American Scene Magazine" as well as the "Classic 39" and TV specials. All "Honeymooners" specials as well as specials that celebrated Jackie Gleason in which "Honeymooners" clips and sketches aired are in the "Specials" link. A new website maintained by the Gleason estate is now up & fully running at http://www.jackiegleason.com/moreless

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  • Quotes (184)

    • Ralph: You're not going to become a cover girl! Alice: And what's wrong with being a cover girl? Ralph: Because all the cover girls I ever saw were uncovered!

    • (Ralph and Alice are arguing about the Nortons). Ralph: They're going upstairs! Alice: They're staying down here! Ralph: They're going upstairs! Alice: They going upstairs over my dead body! Ralph: Don't tempt me!

    • Ralph: After Ed says something stupid to a customer I suspected it at first, now i'm sure: YOU'RE NUTS!!

    • RALPH(to Ed)"Ya stoop,you forgot the frankfurter.Now suppose I had been a customer,and you did that?"

    • Ed: Listen, don't take it rough, will you? Maybe I can get a job for you with me in the sewer. All you gotta do is past the test. Ralph: What test? Ed: Can you float?

    • Alice: Only myself to blame. My mother warned me.

    • Ralph: Today I'm fired, tomorrow I'm forgotten. They probably won't even remember what I look like! Ed: That's all right. You go there tomorrow morning, and you apply for another job. Ralph: You are a mental case!

    • Ralph: I didn't know anything escaped from the zoo today. Norton: If it was an elephant, I could tell them where to look. Ralph: I'll remember that, Norton! I'll remember that! Norton: I know you will! An elephant never forgets!

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    Notes (143)

    • Length: 8 minutes 45 seconds.

    • "The Turkey" would eventually be expanded and redone as the 1956 episode "Two-Family Car."

    • This is an antecedent of the later performances called "The Adoption" (3/55 and 1/66).

    • A favorite theme of Gleason's, this was a reworking of the first season's "Booby Prize Boob," as well as the basis for the Classic episode, "The $99,000 Answer."

    • This would be the third and final Honeymooners sketch (to have surfaced) performed without an appearance by Art Carney, and the only one during its CBS tenure. Norton would be featured in every sketch from here forward.

    • Length: 7 minutes 8 seconds.

    • Length: 8 minutes 18 seconds.

    • This was a rewrite of the season-one DuMont episode, "Where Are My Blades?"

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    Trivia (61)

    • Watch for the hysterical scene where Ralph is tapping a piece of steak on the table and it snaps in half.

    • When Alice is entering the bedroom she utters "I wish you'd fix this door." talking about the locked door she cannot enter.

    • Watch for the shadow go across the wall outside the Kramden's front door when an officer is speaking to Ralph.

    • When Ralph burns his foot and is hopping around the room, Trixie is standing there cracking up at his antics. Joyce Randolph evidently forgot that this was not a dress rehearsal. Ralph directs an angry ad lib at her, so she instantly realizes that she is out of character and leaves, after which Ralph and Alice save the scene ad libbing.

    • Watch for when Ralph is talking to Norton about his lucky jacket. Jackie's's fly is wide open while he sits on the chair, he then gets up, he walks around and says:

      "You know something pal, there comes a time in every guys life when he could use a lucky jacket like that."

    • Keep an eye on Ralph's coffee cup. In order to make steam, baking soda and vinegar were used with dry ice, causing the cup to eventually bubble over.

    • Notice that Ralph's best-friend Norton is not yet a brother Raccoon.

    • This was Ralph and Ed's very first harebrained business venture.

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    Allusions (7)

    • This episode title is a reference to William Shakespeare's play of Hamlet, Act III, Scene I, where the phrase reads as follows: "To be, or not to be: that is the question."

    • Norton asks to watch Captain Video on Ralph's TV. The show was an actual series (full title, Captain Video and His Video Rangers) appearing on The DuMont Television Network.

    • ED NORTON: The armature sprocket is causing interference, which in turn causes the combustion line to interfere with the flow in the Dynaflow.
      Norton's referring to a "Dynaflow" in his diagnosis of the malfunctioning vacuum cleaner was most likely an in-joke reference to the Variable Pitch Dynaflow Drive which was an exclusive feature of the 1956 Buick Wagon Estate model. Buick was the sponsor of The Honeymooners for the 1955-1956 season.

    • Alice (Audrey Meadows): Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. This is a reference to Aesop's fable entitled "The Milkmaid and Her Pail", where Patty the Milkmaid was going to the market carrying a pail of milk on her head. Her mother would say this quote after the pail fell off her head with all of the milk spilled on the ground.

    • Alice (Audrey Meadows): Parting is such sweet sorrow. This phrase was derived from William Shakespeare's play of Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene 2.

    • Title: The title is play on the name given to Miami Beach, Florida as "The Sun and Fun Capital of the World" at the begin of each color Honeymooners show which was filmed there.

    • Title: The title is a reference to the song "We're Off To See The Wizard" in the classic 1939 version of The Wizard of Oz.

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  • Fan Reviews (24)
  • the word is marathon

    By whittenburg, May 14, 2012

  • Ahead of it's time for comedy

    By ecpjll, Feb 22, 2012

  • How sweet it was!

    By gideonbernstein, Mar 05, 2006

  • Honeymooners is the best TV viewing of its time. I also enjoy the opening when the fireworks begin and the moon shines over Brookly, NY. I love the image of Ralph's face on the moon. GREAT STUFF!!!

    By peachycleangirl, Jul 27, 2007

  • this was one of the best show of all time in my opion

    By cube2k8, May 07, 2010

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