The Jackie Gleason Show

Ralph's Sweet Tooth (25 Sep. 1954)

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Ralph gets chosen for a commercial for a candy bar company that sponsor an opera show for TV. He has some problems learning his lines, but the biggest problem comes when he develops a ... See full summary »

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Ralph gets chosen for a commercial for a candy bar company that sponsor an opera show for TV. He has some problems learning his lines, but the biggest problem comes when he develops a toothache before the big night. When he bites into the bar during the live broadcast he winds up writhing in pain all over the stage. Written by Robert W Anderson

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One of the funniest "Pre-39" episodes
21 April 2012 | by (Whiting, Indiana) – See all my reviews

Interesting to note that by the time CBS filmed the "Classic 39" season (1955-56), Jackie Gleason felt that the series was already on the wane in terms of freshness and originality. And while no one will dispute the brilliance of many of the "39", watching the earlier "Lost" episodes is a revelation.

Case in point is "Ralph's Sweet Tooth", which in many ways anticipates the fan-favorite "Better Living Through TV". "Sweet Tooth" is a real gem, and the first big scene in the apartment, with Ralph and Ed attempting to rehearse the TV commercial, is genuinely, profoundly funny.

The late-night toothache scene may go on a bit long, and Gleason's "petrified" routine that he uses during the TV rehearsal (as well as in "Better Living") does get a bit tiresome, but overall, the build-up in the final five minutes---as the live telecast is set to begin--is very well done. Especially funny is the business of Kramden's additions to the script ("It's goody-good candy", etc, which never fail to draw attention to themselves). Gleason's big moment at the end, as he chomps down on his Choosy-Chew candy bar, is classic slap-stick; try watching his facial contortions on SLO-M0 sometime--it's surreal.

Funny stuff.


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