The Honeymooners (1955–1956)
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A Matter of Life and Death 

Ralph worries that he has only six months to live.




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Episode credited cast:
Trixie Norton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - Announcer (voice)


Ralph worries that he has only six months to live.

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Comedy | Family





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29 October 1955 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Dick Gersh secretary's name is Shirley. See more »


When Ralph gives Alice the doctor's report she begins reading it out loud saying; "..a bald head". However, when Ralph reads the same report earlier he say; " falling out." See more »


Alice: Ralph, there's only one thing you can do. Only one thing. You just gotta go down there, give them back the $5,000, and tell them the truth.
Ralph: They don't care about the $5,000. This installment is on the stands now. They'll be laughed out of the business. What are they gonna put in the next installment, "Bus driver won't die from scratching fleas"?
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Tricky Material Well-Done
12 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Due to a mix-up in a veterinarian's report, Ralph thinks he's only got six months to live. His uppermost concern is what he will leave for Alice to live on. Since it's practically nothing, he concocts a moneymaking scheme whereby he sells his six- month story to a publisher. But since he's not really going to die, he's involved himself in fraud, a criminal offense. So how does he get out of this.

This is really kind of dark subject matter that could easily go awry. Fortunately, the comedic overplaying keeps us glued to the comedy set-ups. Note that when Norton finds Ralph prone on the floor and thinks he's expired, he gets all blubbery and silly. That's a tricky set-up, finessed in usual Honeymooner fashion. I love it when Ralph gets the dim-witted Norton to impersonate a doctor, of all things. All in all, it's a pretty funny entry, despite the dark premise.

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