The Honeymooners

Season 3 Episode 3

Hot Dog Stand

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 10, 1953 on CBS
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Hot Dog Stand

Ralph and Norton want to buy a hot-dog stand in New Jersey, but they need six hundred dollars first. The Kramdens have $158 in their bank account, but it's a joint account and Alice won't let Ralph use the money. Ralph is bitter over this because Alice has caused him to miss other opportunities in the past. It's the same story with Norton and Trixie, so the boys are forced to go first to friends and relatives for the money, and finally to a bank. Mr. Foster, the banker, refuses to lend Ralph and Norton the money, until Norton mentions that they were planning to work their regular jobs nights and run the hot-dog stand during the day. Foster is impressed with their dedication and approves the loan. Alice and Trixie help the boys get the stand ready for the grand opening, while Ralph and Norton practice a code that's supposed to help provide quick and efficient service. Things look rosy when a customer tells Ralph and Norton that a building is going up right down the road from the stand, but their bubble is burst when they learn that the building is going to be a Howard Johnson's restaurant.


Running time: 35:13.


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  • Much ado about hot dogs...

    In this episode of The Honeymooners, Ralph tries to coax Alice into lending him money so that he can buy a hot dog stand, but Alice stands firm in her decision not to. Soon after Ralph procures the money from a business loan, he & Norton (along with their less than enthusiastic wives) start their hot dog business, unfortunately Ralph's plans soon fall apart, but there's a happy resolution to this disaster courtesy of Alice.

    This episode is just 1 of many in which Alice decides to help Ralph get out of a bad situation & as always, Ralph thanks her with "Baby, you're the greatest!"moreless
Audrey Meadows

Audrey Meadows

Alice Kramden (1952-1957)

Art Carney

Art Carney

Ed Norton

Sheila MacRae

Sheila MacRae

Alice Kramden (1966-1970)

Joyce Randolph

Joyce Randolph

Trixie Norton (1952-1957)

Jean Kean

Jean Kean

Trixie Norton (1966-1970)

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