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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
1 October 1955 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
What really made it work See more (29 total) »

Cast

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Jackie Gleason ... Ralph Kramden (39 episodes, 1955-1956)

Art Carney ... Ed Norton (39 episodes, 1955-1956)

Audrey Meadows ... Alice Kramden (39 episodes, 1955-1956)

Joyce Randolph ... Trixie Norton (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
Jack Lescoulie ... Himself - Announcer (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
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Series Directed by
Frank Satenstein (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Writing credits
Marvin Marx (16 episodes, 1955-1956)
Walter Stone (16 episodes, 1955-1956)
Leonard Stern (14 episodes, 1955-1956)
Sydney Zelinka (14 episodes, 1955-1956)
Herbert Finn (9 episodes, 1955-1956)
A.J. Russell (9 episodes, 1955-1956)

Series Produced by
Jack Hurdle .... producer (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
Jack Philbin .... executive producer (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
Stanley Poss .... assistant producer (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Original Music by
Sammy Spear (1 episode, 1956)
 
Series Cinematography by
Jack Etra (22 episodes, 1955-1956)
Doug Downs (16 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Film Editing by
Leonard Anderson (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Costume Design by
Peggy Morrison (33 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Production Management
Jackie Gleason .... production supervisor (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Art Department
Richard Richtaryk .... scenic designer / scenic artist (39 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Block .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pat Perkins .... daytime dresses (24 episodes, 1955-1956)
Peggy Morrison .... costumes / costumer (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Music Department
Sammy Spear .... musical director (39 episodes, 1955-1956)

Ray Bloch .... musical director (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (39 episodes)
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Black and White (original version) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Trixie Norton's real name was Thelma.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The background in the Kramden's window changes. Sometimes there are windows and fire escapes. Other times the fire escapes aren't there. This happens within episodes, not just from one episode to another.See more »
Quotes:
Ralph:I have - I've got an explanation. A perfect one. I'm a dope. Not a run-of-the-mill dope, the world's champ. For years I've been talking for granted the most wonderful thing tht's ever happened to me - you. I've never shown you the appreciation you deserve, Alice. You could walk outta that door right now and I wouldn't blame you. You deserve something better than me. There are a million guys who'd give you anything if they could have a girl like you.
Alice:Ralph, I don't want a million. There's just one guy I want: you.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bringing Out the Dead (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
You're My Greatest LoveSee more »

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28 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
What really made it work, 5 December 2003
Author: schappe1 from N Syracuse NY

Jackie Gleason is one of the greatest talents in the history of American show business. His comic takes and blowhard act has produced so many professional and amateur imitators that none even has to question who or what you are imitating. Art Carney is one of America's greatest character actors. He created the greatest side-kick anyone ever had, a character with so many quirks you could probably build a show around him. Together they make one of the greatest comedy teams ever.

But what makes this work is Audrey Meadows as Alice. When the Honeymooners first began, Ralph's wife was played by Pert Kelton, a battle ax of an actress who is just the kind of wife Ralph Cramden would wind up with in real life. The original skits were really comic 'fly on the wall' looks at the arguments the loudest neighbors in the neighborhood keep having. They were amusing enough to keep the skits going but there wasn't enough of a counterpoint to Ralph. His battles with Alice resembled Ralph's later battles with Alice's mother, (which Kelton came back, more appropriately, to play in the 60's series).

When Gleason moved to CBS in 1952, Kelton was unavailable for health reasons and Gleason had to find a new Alice. Audrey Meadows, a glamour girl who worked with all the top comedians of television's golden era, decided she wanted the job. The now-famous story is that Jackie turned her down because he couldn't picture Meadows as Ralph Kramden's proletarian wife. Audrey had a friend photograph her in her kitchen just after she woke up and had the photo sent to Jackie, who immediately declared the woman in the picture to be 'his Alice' and demanded to know who the actress was. When he found out, Audrey had the job and 'The Honeymooners' became a TV classic.

Meadows offered something Kelton didn't: a CONTRAST to Ralph, rather than a fellow gladiator. She was not only attractive, (if not allowed to be glamorous), but she was intelligent and non-abrasive, even if she had the strength to stand up to Ralph and give as good as she got in the battles. More than that, it became obvious why Ralph was such a dreamer and a blowhard. How did a guy like him ever get a woman like Alice to love him and marry him?

He spends all his time either promoting himself and trying to be 'The King of the Castle' or scheming to become rich and important. It's the only way he knew to be big enough to deserve Alice. What he didn't know is that Alice offered him that rarity, unconditional love. Ralph didn't have to be a 'big man' to please her. He just had to be Ralph. He finds that out at the end of every episode but forgets it again in time for the next show, because if he didn't, they'd have no plot.

Strengthened by this theme, the writes got more and more ambitious and The Honeymooners did stories of increasingly greater length, eventually taking up the whole show. Ralph Cramden became Gleason's most popular character because he was so human. He had much more dimension that Reggie Van Gleason, The Poor Soul, Charley Bratton or Joe the Bartender, as entertaining as they were. This in turn, led to the Classic 39, which became the flagship for the series and kept 'The Honeymooners' alive for decades after most of the Golden Age of Television had faded from memory.

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