The Honeymooners

Season 4 Episode 10

Santa And The Bookies

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Dec 18, 1954 on CBS
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Santa And The Bookies

Alice is knitting baby clothes to make some extra money for Christmas. When Norton comes down and asks Ralph if he can hide Trixie's Christmas present in the Kramdens' apartment, Ralph says yes and sticks the present in the bureau drawer -- where Alice has hidden the baby clothes. A moment later, when Norton tells Ralph that Trixie has made a doctor's appointment for Alice, Ralph is sure that Alice is pregnant. He decides he has to make some more money in a hurry so that his future son can go to college, so he answers a newspaper ad for a Santa Claus job. What Ralph doesn't know is that the guys who placed the ad are bookmakers and that they plan to use the Santa to collect bets. Ralph is hired and so is Norton -- as an elf. Ralph and Norton set up shop on the sidewalk, and bettors walk by and drop in their money and slips of paper with the names of the horses they want to bet. When a cop drops some money into the pot and Norton asks him where his slip is, Santa and his helper wind up in the slammer. Ralph is frantic. He explains to the cops that he was playing Santa Claus because he wanted to earn some extra money because his wife is pregnant, and that he thought he was collecting money for charity. Alice shows up at the jail, and when Ralph asks her to corroborate his story, he finds out he's not going to be a father after all. The cops think Ralph's a liar and want to throw the book at him. The boys finally convince the cops to bring them back to where they were collecting the money, and to set up a stakeout to catch the real bookies when they show up to pick up the loot and betting slips from Ralph. The cops nab the real bad guys and for a few seconds it looks as if Ralph may have a Merry Christmas after all. But only for a few seconds. While Alice, Norton, and Ralph--still dressed in his Santa costume--are waiting for a bus to take them home, a woman hands Ralph some change and another cop pinches him for soliciting money without a license.


Running time: 31:08.

NOTE: This is a remake of "Santa And The Bookies" (12/12/1953) & was remade as "Run, Santa, Run" (12/17/1966).


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