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 ... Himself - 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







Release Date:

28 January 1956 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The beginning of Swanee River was also played by Ed Norton (on the harmonica) before Ralph's apology in A Matter of Record (#1.15), which aired three weeks prior to this one. See more »


The song Ralph identifies as "Take Me Back To Sorrento" written by Ernesto DiQuista in 1898 is actually "Come Back To Sorrento" written by Ernesto DiCurtis in 1902. See more »


Alice: Spell "antidisestablishmentarianism".
Ralph: I'll spell it.
[pauses apprehensively]
Ralph: I'll spell it!
Alice: [waiting patiently] Well? Go ahead.
Ralph: I'll spell it!
Ralph: I'll spell it when you give me $16,000 for spelling it!
Alice: [sarcastically] 16,000 for spelling it? I'll give you 32,000 if you can SAY it!
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References Ready, Willing and Able (1937) See more »


Don't Fence Me In
Written by Cole Porter and Robert H. Fletcher
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We Laugh and We Cry time after countless times of watching Ralph Kramden as a Quiz Show Contestant! Of course, no Charles Van Doren he!
22 January 2009 | by John T. RyanSee all my reviews

JACKIE GLEASON'S series within a series never fails to bring us so many laughs in just about every episode. No matter how many times we see them, we can always find the time to watch again. This is particularly true of that one season's output of 1955-56; where each episode seemingly was as good as or better than the next.

IN regards to this we present today's 'sacrificial lamb' in THE HONEYMOONERS: The $99,000 Answer.

ONCE again this is a comedy that we could watch over and over, laughing just bas heartily as we did when we first saw it as a segment of THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW; which occupied an hour on CBS TV's Saturday evening schedule (1952-57).

THIS of course is a tribute to the talents and comic genius that was Jackie Gleason and his production company. In complement to the "Great One's" singularly splendid abilities, he did so with the aid of a most talented and appropriate of a supporting cast. That would be Miss Joyce Randolph, Miss Audrey Meadows and the inimitable Mr. Art Carney.

ART CARNEY has been called the king of the second bananas; a title that Mr. Jackie Gleason, himself, has decried. Gleason always gave the credit that Carney truly deserved and was truly appreciative of Art's special talents in both verbal and physical comedy. It would seem in another earlier, by-gone era that the Ed Norton man could have had a long and fruitful career as a silent film funnyman; being remembered along with guys like Chaplin, Turpin, Keaton, Chase, Lloyd and Langdon.

AS for this particular Honeymooner's installment, we see a reference to Television History; as the popular game show on CBS then was THE $64,000 QUESTION. This was while the quiz shows were on top and before somebody spilled the beans on both CBS and NBC for its answer to the genre in TWENTY-ONE.

IN viewing this Honeymooner's episode this evening over WMEE TV, Channel 23 here in Chicago, we did so with the idea of seeing it for the first time. We also looked at the show with the view of a critic; trying to both reflect and dissect just what made it tick.

OUR conclusion was that it was a real tribute to Gleason and his entire company as what we found it to be was essentially a one-gag outing. That's not to say that it is any the less funny or worthy of our praise; for it certainly is that. It is a gem of a comedy and its singular final laugh may well be sort of seen as obvious from early on, yet the careful way in which Gleason nurtures and builds it up renders it a joyful masterpiece!

Schultz gives is *****, that's 5 stars out of 4; but,we figure its worth it!


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