The Honeymooners (1955–1956)
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A Man's Pride 

Ralph meets an old boyfriend of Alice's, who tells Ralph what a great success he now is. Ralph doesn't want to admit that he's only a bus driver, so he pretends he's the head of the bus ... See full summary »

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... Ralph Kramden
... Ed Norton
... Alice Kramden
... Trixie Norton
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... Himself - Announcer (voice)
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Ralph meets an old boyfriend of Alice's, who tells Ralph what a great success he now is. Ralph doesn't want to admit that he's only a bus driver, so he pretends he's the head of the bus company. But his pretense may backfire, when Alice's former boyfriend and his wife invite Ralph and Alice to dinner at an expensive restaurant -- a place Ralph cannot afford. Written by afsnowbird

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Comedy | Family

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22 September 1956 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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At the Colonnade Room after Ralph and Bill confess that neither of them can pay the check they decide to pay the check collectively. Ralph has $16., Bill has $12., Millie has $9., and Alice has $17. See more »

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Ralph: Me and my silly pride. I promise you this, Norton, I'm gonna learn. I'm gonna learn from here on in how to swallow my pride.
Ed Norton: Well, that ought not to be too hard. You've learned how to swallow everything else.
Ralph: GET OUT!
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Remade as Toen was geluk heel gewoon: Een man z'n trots (1995) See more »

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Out On A Limb
11 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Ralph's pride gets him in trouble again. Davis, Ralph's rival for Alice's affections from younger years, suddenly shows up and wants to get together. Worse, he's got his own big company, so if they get together, who'll have bragging rights, certainly not bus driver Ralph. So, with Ed's help, Ralph puts up a false front as head of the bus company. Thanks to clever maneuvering, it looks like our heroes will pull it off. But then Davis calls Alice and sets up a big dinner date with Ralph and the wives. Now the deception is in real trouble. Of course, it's all done in classic Honeymooner style.

One appealing thing about the series is Ralph's wanting to be more successful than he is. In short, it's something many of us can identify with. It's kind of unfortunate in Ralph's case since he's successful in what he does. It may not be a prestigious job, but it is one that helps keep the country going. Plus he's got a good marriage and a steadfast, if goofy, best friend. So there's a kind of poignancy between what Ralph is and what he thinks he should be. There's something of that undercurrent in this generally amusing episode.


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