The Honeymooners

Season 5 Episode 15

A Matter of Record

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jan 07, 1956 on CBS
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A Matter of Record

Ralph cuts a record to sweet talk Alice after insulting her mother.


Running time: 26:00.

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  • "She's a Blaaaaabbermouth!"

    It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud, and this episode has more than what it takes. The part where Ralph records his first conciliatory message to Alice, only to lose it and go on his tirade about her mother's big mouth, brings me to tears from laughing so hard. I guess that makes it a tearjerker. One can understand Alice's devotion to her mother, but her failure to come to Ralph's defense when mom insults him, which is often and usually unprovoked, is a little disconcerting. But, so what! Ralph's loudmouth antics are a riot. Gleason had the rare gift of making certain things look funny that no one else could.moreless
  • Classic episode where Jackie Gleason really shows off his comedic genius and great timing with the ability to add lib when necessary.

    Ralph really loses it when alices mother visits on a night that he wants to see a "who done it" show that is the talk of the town. He tells alice that her mom is a "Blabbermouth and bets that she will insult him within the 1st 3 minutes she arrives. Well she does and he goes off on her and throws her out. The use of the alarm clock and Kramdens expressions are what make this scene and this show in my opinion the best episode.moreless
  • A classic episode from the series' 4th and best season, concerning Ralph's resentment of his mother-in-law's verbal harassment and he sees her as the world's biggest "blabbermouth". This is an episode that every married man can identify with.moreless

    When I think of "The Honeymooners" original classic black and white series, I think of this episode, which captures Jackie Gleason's comedic range from his famous rage to his equally famous ability to speak contritely from the heart. In "A Matter of Record", Ralph's pent up animosity towards his mother-in-law, for her constant not-so-subtle remarks concerning his weight, his shortcomings as a provider and the "boys" that Alice could've married, erupts as never before. The expressions on Ralph's face as he slowly boils over during Alice's mother's visit are amazing. Gleason takes over this episode from the start as he conveys a history with Alice's mom that isn't difficult to imagine. Alice reacts to Ralph's explosion in the very face of her mother with realistic decisiveness and walks out on him. Norton's intervention and the hilarious result of a mix-up lead to a thoroughly enjoyable show and my favorite of all "Honeymooners" episodes.

    Ethel Owen is remarkable as the stereotypical mother-in-law, effortlessly pushing Ralph's buttons while at the same time, seemingly showing normal concern for her daughter's welfare.

    In this episode, Jackie Gleason, earns his moniker, "The Great One", by seeming to actually be out of control, as perhaps one of the first natural method actors of his day.moreless
Audrey Meadows

Audrey Meadows

Alice Kramden (1952-1957)

Art Carney

Art Carney

Ed Norton

Joyce Randolph

Joyce Randolph

Trixie Norton (1952-1957)

Ethel Owen

Ethel Owen

Mrs. Gibson

Guest Star

Ralph Robertson

Ralph Robertson

Johnny Bennett

Guest Star

Jackie Gleason

Jackie Gleason

Ralph Kramden

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Alice storms out of the apartment after Ralph throws out her mother, she is only wearing her house dress. But, when she comes home she has on a coat.

    • Alice told Ralph that he told her he would take her to a Broadway play on Thursday, August 5, 1942. August 5 was on a Wednesday that year.

    • In this episode, Alice tells Ralph that she can't go with him to "Murder Strikes Out" because her mother is coming "all the way from Bensonhurst". Alice's mother lives in Astoria, NY and the Kramdens are the ones that live in Bensonhurst. Gleason plays along with replying, "...where's Bensonhurst, in New Zealand?"

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Norton: In the words of the immortal bard, Shakespeare, "There are three times in a man's life when he wants to be alone: one, when he's communing with his thoughts; two, when he's being tender with his wife; and three, when he's in the isolation booth on The $64,000 Question."

    • Ralph: I know how she is! She's never gonna be any different, Alice! She's gonna be the same old way, Alice! SHE'S A BLABBERMOUTH, ALICE! A BLABBERMOUTH!

    • Ralph: "You are a blabbermouth! A blabbermouth!"

  • NOTES (1)

    • One of the occasional episodes where we see the Norton apartment.Though it appears to have the same layout as the Kramden apartment,the apartment itself looks so much more like a home,it makes the Kramden apartment look like a dungeon in comparison.


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