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The Honeymooners is a classic American television sitcom created by and starring Jackie Gleasonbased on a recurring comedy sketch of the same name that had been part of his variety show. Most episodes revolved around Ralph's poor choices in absurd dilemmas which frequently showed his quick-to-judge attitude in a comedic tone, but also revolved around more serious issues such as women's rights and social impressions.

The sketches originally aired on the DuMont network's variety series Cavalcade of Starswhich Gleason hosted, and subsequently on the CBS network's The Jackie Gleason Show[1] 風に嫁いだバイラオーラ - D (18) - Kingdom was broadcast live in front of a theater audience.

The popularity of Ill Give You Everything (West Coast Mix) - Victoria Angeles - Ill Give You Everything sketches led Gleason to rework The Honeymooners as a filmed half-hour series, which debuted October 1,on CBS, in place of the variety series.

It was initially a ratings success as the No. The final episode of The Honeymooners aired on September 22,although Gleason sporadically revived the characters until The Honeymooners was one of the first U.

The majority of The Honeymooners episodes focused on its four principal characters, and generally used fixed sets within their Brooklyn apartment building. Although various secondary characters made multiple appearances and occasional exterior shots were incorporated during editing, virtually all action and dialogue was "on stage" inside the normal backdrop. He never is seen driving a bus except in publicity photosbut sometimes is shown at the bus depot.

Ralph is frustrated by his lack Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People success, and often develops get-rich-quick schemes. He is very short tempered, frequently resorting to bellowing, insults, and making hollow threats.

Well-hidden beneath the many layers of bluster, however, is a softhearted man who loves his wife and is devoted to his best pal, Ed Norton. Ralph enjoys—and is proficient at—bowling and playing pool, and is an enthusiastic member of the fictitious Loyal Order of Raccoons although in several episodes Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People blackboard at the lodge lists his dues as being in arrears. Ralph's mother rarely is mentioned, although she does appear in one episode.

Ralph's father is only mentioned in one episode "Young Man with a Horn" as having given Ralph a cornet he learned to play as a boy, and insists on keeping when Alice suggests it be thrown away. The Ralph character was given honorary membership in the union for real New York City bus drivers Local of the Transport Workers Union during the run of the show, and a Brooklyn bus depot was named in Gleason's honor after his death.

An eight-foot-tall bronze statue of a jolly Jackie Gleason in the bus driver's uniform stands in front of Manhattan's midtown Port Authority Bus Terminal. She often finds herself bearing the brunt of Ralph's insults, which she returns with biting sarcasm. She is levelheaded, in contrast to Ralph's pattern of inventing various schemes to enhance his wealth or his pride.

In each case, she sees the Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People Quizás, Porque - Sui Generis - Vida un-workability, but he becomes angry and ignores her advice and by the end of the episode, her misgivings almost always are proven Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People have been well-founded.

She has grown accustomed to his empty threats—such as "One of these days, POW!!! Right in the kisser! Wilma Flintstone is based on Alice Kramden. Another foil for Ralph is Alice's mother, who is even sharper-tongued than her daughter. She despises Ralph as a bad provider. Alice's father is occasionally mentioned but never seen. Alice's sister, Agnes, appeared in one episode Ralph jeopardizes his newlywed sister-in-law's marriage after giving some bad advice to the groom, but it all works out in the end.

Ralph and Alice lived with her mother for six years after getting married before they got their own apartment. In a revival, Ralph refers to Alice played by Sheila MacRae —70 and once more in Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People being one of 12 children with her father never working. He is considerably more good-natured than Ralph, but nonetheless trades insults Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People him on a regular basis. Ed typically called "Norton" by Ralph and sometimes by his own wife, Trixie often gets mixed up in Ralph's schemes.

His carefree and rather dimwitted Im Sitting Here - My Darling YOU! - My Darling YOU! usually results in raising Ralph's ire, while Ralph often showers him with verbal abuse and throws him out of the apartment when Ed irritates him.

In most episodes, Ed is shown Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People be better-read, better-liked, more worldly and more even-tempered than Ralph, despite his unassuming manner and the fact that he usually lets Ralph take the lead in their escapades.

Ed and Ralph both are members of the fictional Raccoon Lodge. An Executive Meeting, that's a poker game. Navy, and used his G. Bill money to pay for typing school, but felt he was unable to work in an office because he hated working in confined spaces.

The relatively few scenes set in the Norton apartment showed it to have the same layout as the Kramdens' but more nicely furnished. Like Ralph, Ed enjoys and is good at bowling Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People playing pool. Ed is the inspiration for Barney Rubble in The Flintstones. Played most famously by Joyce Randolph ; Ed's wife and Alice's best friend.

She did not appear in every episode and had a less developed character, though she is shown to be somewhat bossy toward her husband. In one episode, she surprisingly is depicted as a pool hustler. On another episode, Ralph insults Trixie by making a reference to Minsky's a famous New York City burlesque theater; the original Trixie character was an ex-burlesque dancer.

There are a few references to Trixie's burlesque background in the lost episodes e. It was her costume! Randolph played Trixie as an ordinary, rather prudish, housewife, complaining to her husband on one occasion when a "fresh" young store clerk called her "sweetie pie.

The ex-dancer character was rewritten and recast after just one episode with the more wholesome looking Randolph playing the character as a housewife. Some of the actors who appeared multiple times on the show include George O. Manicotti, and Cliff Hall as the Raccoon Lodge president. On another episode, Ed Norton makes a reference to a co-worker "Nat Birnbaum" as in "'nat," a three-letter word for bug," says crossword puzzle aficionado Norton.

George Burns 's real name was Nathan Birnbaum. The landlord of the apartment house is Mr. In the Honeymooners episodes taped from tothe address of the apartment house changed to Chauncey Street, and the number of the Kramden apartment is 3B.

The actual Chauncey Street is located in the Stuyvesant Heights section of the borough, approximately eight miles northeast of the show's fictional location. Most of The Honeymooners takes place in Ralph and Alice Kramden's small, sparsely furnished two-room apartment.

Other settings used in the show included the Gotham Bus Company depot, the Raccoon Lodge, a neighborhood pool parlor, a park bench where Ralph and Ed occasionally meet for lunch, and on occasion the Nortons' apartment always noticeably better-furnished than the Kramdens'.

Many episodes begin with a shot of Alice in the apartment awaiting Ralph's arrival from work. Most episodes focus on Ralph's and Ed's characters, although Alice played a substantial role. Trixie played a smaller role in the series, and did not appear in every episode as did the other three. Each episode presented a self-contained story, which rarely carried over into a subsequent one.

As to the occasional plot continuations, there were two such sequences—one concerning Ralph being sent to a psychiatrist because of "impatient" behavior during work that resulted in several passengers lodging complaints about his professional demeanor, and one that continued for two sequential shows in which Aunt Ethel visited and Ralph hatched a scheme to marry her off to the neighborhood butcher. The Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People presents Ralph as an everyman and an underdog who struggles to make a better life for himself and his wife, but who ultimately fails due to his own shortcomings.

He, often along with Ed, devises a number of get-rich-quick schemes, none of which succeed. Ralph would be quick to blame others for his misfortune until it was pointed out to him where he had fallen short. Ralph's anger then would be replaced by short-lived remorse, and he would apologize for his actions.

Many of these apologies to Alice ended with Ralph saying in a heartfelt manner, "Baby, you're the greatest," followed by a hug and kiss.

In most episodes, Ralph's short temper got the best of him, leading him to yell at others and to threaten comical physical violence, usually against Alice. Ralph's favorite threats to her were "One of these days One of these days For the "Classic 39" episodes of The Honeymoonersthere was no continuing story arc.

Each episode is self-contained. By the next week's show, the set is gone although in later episodes a set is shown in the Nortons' apartment. In the installment "The Baby Sitter," the Kramdens get a telephone, but in the next episode it is gone. But, in the end, Ralph finds himself growing to love the dog and decides Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People keep it along with a few other dogs.

However, in the next episode, the dogs are nowhere to be seen and are never referred to again. Occasionally, references to earlier episodes were made, including to Ralph's various "crazy harebrained schemes" from the lost episodes. After the first year, he and his writers Harry Crane and Joe Bigelow [19] [20] developed a sketch that drew upon familiar domestic situations for its material.

Based on the popular radio show The BickersonsGleason wanted a realistic portrayal of life for a poor husband and wife living in Brooklynhis home borough. The couple would continually argue, but ultimately show their love for each other. The tone of these early sketches was much darker than the later series, with Ralph exhibiting extreme bitterness and frustration with his marriage Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People an equally bitter and argumentative middle-aged woman Kelton was nine years older than Gleason.

Jackie Gleason - Plays Pretty For The People Kramdens' financial struggles mirrored those of Gleason's early life in Brooklyn, and he took great pains to duplicate on set the interior of the apartment where he grew up right down to his boyhood address of Chauncey Street. Ralph and Alice did legally adopt a baby girl whom they named Ralphina because he actually wanted a baby boy he could name after himself but fell in love with the baby girl the agency had placed with them.

However, the biological mother requested to have her baby returned, and the agency asked whether the Kramdens would be willing to do so even though they were the legal parents. Ralph agreed and stated that they would visit her and she would have a real-life Santa Claus every Christmas. A few later skits had Ralph mistakenly believe for a while that Alice was pregnant.

Suite In C Major For Four Recorders With Harpsichord Continuo - The Dolmetsch Consort - Favourite Re cast additions in later sketches were upstairs neighbors Ed and Trixie Norton. Ed Carney Aldana Aldana - Müslüm Gürses - Nerelerdesin (CD, Album, Album) a sewer worker and Ralph's best friend, although his innocent and guileless nature was the source of many arguments between the two.

Trixie maiden name never mentionedEd's wife, originally portrayed by Elaine Stritch as a burlesque dancer but was replaced after just one appearance by the more wholesome looking Joyce Randolph. Trixie is a foil to Ed, just as Alice is for Ralph, but derivatively, and almost always off-screen. Due in part to the colorful array of characters Gleason invented including the cast of The HoneymoonersCavalcade of Stars became a huge success for DuMont.

It increased its audience share from nine to 25 percent. Gleason's contract with DuMont expired in the summer ofand the financially struggling network which suffered through ten layoffs from July through October was unable to re-sign him so he moved on to CBS. CBS president William S. Paley in July made sure the cast of the former DuMont ensemble that was becoming The Jackie Gleason Show embarked on a highly successful five-week promotional tour across the United States, performing a variety of musical numbers and sketches including the popular "Honeymooners".

However, actress Pert Kelton who played Alice Kramden and other roles, was blacklisted at the time and was replaced on the tour by Beulah actress Ginger Jones, who subsequently also was blacklisted having earlier been named on the Red Channels blacklist by CBS.

All this political maneuvering meant yet another new Alice was needed. Jones's replacement was Audrey Meadowsknown for her work in the Roll 6A (Dialogue, Ive Got A Feeling) - The Beatles - The Ultimate Collection - Volume 2 musical Top Banana and on the Bob and Ray television show.


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