The Honeymooners

Christmas Party

Season 2, Ep 11, Aired 12/20/52
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  • Episode Description
  • It's Christmas Eve. Alice is decorating the tree, singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and setting out holiday refreshments. Ralph comes home with potato salad, but Alice says it's the wrong potato salad. Ralph can't believe that Alice is actually asking him to go out for different potato salad. After Alice receives a "One of these days", Ralph leaves. Trixie enters, and describes to Alice what Ed gave her for Christmas, an orange juice squeezer that looks like Napoleon and squirts juice out of its ears. Fenwick Babbitt (Jackie Gleason) comes by, to deliver ice and beer. After hauling the keg all over the apartment and standing around with the block of ice, he discovers he's in the wrong apartment, and leaves. Ed enters, escorting Trixie's Vaudeville friend Patricia Morison. Patricia sings "All The Things You Are" & "Wunderbar" for Ed, Trixie and Alice. Then Joe the Bartender (Jackie Gleason) stops in. He says a poor soul down at the bar was the victim of a nasty practical joke by Fatso Fogarty, who gave him a cheap rhinestone. The Poor Soul, totally taken in, cherished his prize thinking it was a diamond. Alice, moved by the tale, tells Joe to send the poor soul up, and she'll give him a real present. Joe leaves, taking Patricia with him. Now the Poor Soul (Jackie Gleason) arrives. Alice offers him refreshments and a gift. He touchingly returns the favor by giving her his cherished prize, then leaves. The next visitor is Rudy the Repairman (Jackie Gleason). Rudy is accompanied by his regular assistant, Whitey, destroys the television set, and departs. Alice tells Trixie that it doesn't really matter, since she just had the set on trial. Next, Ed brings in guest Frankie Avalon who plays his trumpet. Ed then brings Frankie to Joe's. Ed returns bringing Reggie Van Gleason III (Jackie Gleason) shows enters with Phil Napoleon and his Memphis 5 and the June Taylor Dancers. Reggie passes out gifts to Alice, Ed & Trixie, then does his inimitable Reggie dance, and then he his entourage file out. Finally, Ralph (Jackie Gleason) reappears, with a cop. Ralph knocked on the window of Kraus's, broke it, set off the alarm and was arrested for attempted break-in. After Alice explains everything, the cop leaves. Alice and Ralph exchange presents and a kiss. CBS. Running time: 42:25. NOTES: This is a remake of "Christmas Party" (12/21/1951) & was remade as "Christmas Party" (12/19/1953). The first 30 seconds of this episode are missing. Stills and an existing LP audio recording are used to fill in the missing footage. The stage right portion of the set is extended in this episode to make room for the piano, tree, dancers, etc.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Audrey Meadows

    Alice Kramden (1952-1957)

  • Art Carney

    Ed Norton

  • Joyce Randolph

    Trixie Norton (1952-1957)

  • Jackie Gleason

    Rudy the Repairman

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  • Notes (1)

    • This was the second of three annual performances of The Honeymooners' Christmas "spectacular," featuring many of Gleason's popular character portrayals. The first aired on the DuMont Network the previous year (with Pert Kelton as Alice), while the third would be performed in 1953.

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