The Honeymooners (1955–1956)
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The $99,000 Answer 

Ralph's out to prove himself to Alice, his neighborhood, and the world when he becomes a contestant on a hit television game show.


Frank Satenstein




Episode credited cast:
Jackie Gleason ... Ralph Kramden
Art Carney ... Ed Norton
Audrey Meadows ... Alice Kramden
Joyce Randolph ... Trixie Norton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Lescoulie ... Self - Announcer


Ralph's out to prove himself to Alice, his neighborhood, and the world when he becomes a contestant on a hit television game show.

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Comedy | Family


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In 1997, the TV Guide ranked this episode number 6 on its "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" list. See more »


Mr. Parker's answer about the number of times "one" appears on the dollar bill would be incorrect if referring to a current Federal Reserve Note, where the number "1" in numeral or spelled-out form appears a total of 16 times: eight times each in both numeral form and spelled out. However, at the time this was filmed, the dollar bill in circulation was a Silver Certificate, where the numeral appears 9 times and spelled out 16 times for a total of 25. See more »


Alice Kramden: [to Norton] Ed, I realize that I cannot talk to Ralph because he is stubborn and unreasonable, but I've always had great respect for your sense of fair play, and so I appeal to you. IT IS LATE. People would like to go to sleep. I think you should stop playing the piano. And I know that you will agree with me, Ed, because you have always been fair and considerate. You are a reasonable man.
Ralph Kramden: Don't let her soft-soap you. Don't let her soft-soap you! You're just as unreasonable as I am. Play the piano!
Alice Kramden:
Ralph Kramden: [...]
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Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
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Ralph Hits Big-Time TV
27 April 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Gleason was such a fine actor. Catch his initial appearance on the game show. His stage fright and garbled words are hilarious. His second appearance, however, and he's all polished self-confidence. The quiz show The $64,000 Dollar Question took TV by storm in the summer of '55. Game shows to that point offered comparatively meager amounts, while prize money here seemed like a fortune. Apparently the producers didn't have much confidence, scheduling it as they did as a mere summer replacement. Boy, were they wrong. Also, the word "antidisestablishmentarianisms" is the longest word in the dictionary, and was spelled by an adolescent girl contestant, creating quite a popular stir, as indicated here.

Anyway, Ralph gets to act the big shot with his TV appearance, while Norton shows his piano playing skills following silly warm-ups. Alice has less to do than usual, except hope Ralph quits at the lowly but realistic $600 level. All in all, it's a laugh-filled reflection of the time.

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28 January 1956 (USA) See more »

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