The Honeymooners (1955–1956)
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'Twas the Night Before Christmas 

Ralph sells his bowling ball to get a last-minute Christmas present for Alice.




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Himself - Announcer (voice)


Ralph sells his bowling ball to get a last-minute Christmas present for Alice.

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Comedy | Family





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24 December 1955 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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For many years in syndication, the end of this broadcast was cut but has since been replaced. As the curtain closes Gleason pushes it aside and says; 'Wait a minute' and breaks out of character and begins talking to the audience and has the entire cast come out to take a bow and wishes every a Merry Christmas. See more »


When Ralph gets his Christmas gift from Alice, Gleason flubs his line but recovers. He says, "A bowling bag ball...I mean a bowling ball bag." See more »


[Ralph shows Norton his present to Alice, a box to keep hairpins in]
Ralph Kramden: You know, when I bought this thing, the guy told me it's all handmade, you know. It's 2,000 matches glued together.
Ed Norton: Oh.
Ralph Kramden: Look at that thing. And he said it was made across the seas. You know, I thought he was kidding me, but right there, it says, "Made in Japan".
Ed Norton: [looking at it] There it is, in black and white. I'm telling you, this is something that a girl would not go out and buy for herself.
Ralph Kramden: You can say that again. And another...
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The Gift of the Fat Guy
18 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a slight variation on the O Henry story, "The Gift of the Magi." These people were always so hard up, living in that tiny apartment with few prospects. The whole thing revolves around the giving of presents on Christmas Eve. Neither Norton nor Ralph have any imagination. Ralph has submitted to greed and bought himself something. His gift for Alice proves to be rather lame, so it is necessary to find a way to buy something else on Christmas Eve. There is a bit with a rat trap that's quite funny. Overall, it's a sweet little episode.

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