The Honeymooners: Season 1, Episode 17

The Babysitter (21 Jan. 1956)

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When Alice has a telephone installed, Ralph feels threatened both by her newfound freedom and the prospect of another bill to pay.


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When Alice has a telephone installed, Ralph feels threatened both by her newfound freedom and the prospect of another bill to pay.

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Comedy | Family





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21 January 1956 (USA)  »

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Alice mentions Amos 'n' Andy. Amos 'n' Andy was a radio and television sitcom set in Harlem's black community. The radio show ran from the 1920s through the 1950s with Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, who played a number of different characters, including the titular Amos Jones (Gosdon) and Andrew Hogg Brown (Correll). When the show moved to television, black actors took over the majority of the roles. The show ran as a nightly radio serial (1928-43), as a weekly situation comedy (1943-55), and as a nightly disc-jockey program (1954-60). A television adaptation ran on CBS (1951-53) and continued in syndicated reruns (1954-66). It would not be shown to a nationwide audience again until 2012. See more »


The Kramdens' new telephone number is BEnsonhurst 0-7741. But whenever a character says the digit "zero" it is clearly dubbed in and they are actually saying "three". See more »


Alice: [to Ralph] That phone is staying here. Everybody but us has a telephone. All you're worried about is the money. Well, you can just stop worrying, because I'll figure out some way to pay for that phone. I'll just, uh, well, I'll cut down on something.
Ralph: I know what you'll cut down on: my food. That's what you'll cut down on, Alice, my food! We'll have a phone, but I won't have anything to eat!
Alice: Oh, Ralph.
Ralph: Don't "Oh, Ralph" me! I'm sick and tired of that "Oh, Ralph"! The bills will get bigger and ...
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The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
Music by Harry Warren
Hummed by Alice after she gets the baby sitting job
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