The Honeymooners: 50’s Television At Its Best

Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney and Joyce Randolph starred in The Honeymooners from 1955-1956. 

The Honeymooners was typical of 50’s television. Nobody can ever say that the set on the show was extravagant, since the scenes at home only showed a sparsely decorated kitchen with a very rudimentary sink and icebox.. 

The Honeymooners television show was never known for its lavish set which is shown in this scene.

It is difficult to believe that Jackie Gleason decided to cancel the show after the first season. He thought the show was running out of ideas. 

Today, shows run many more years, before using that excuse to cancel a show. The interplay between Gleason portraying bus driver Ralph Kramden and his wife Alice played by Audrey Meadows was the highlight of the show to me. 

Art Carney as Ed Norton the sewer worker was a perfect foil for Gleason. Ralph Kramden was driven to distraction by the actions and the words of Ed Norton.

Kramden Panics Over $9 Electric Bill

One of my favorite shows is when Ralph goes ballistic, because he receives a $9 electric bill. He starts ranting about having to cut back with high electric bill. 55 years later that show seems very outdated, since it is not uncommon to have a $300 electric bill during the summer months.

Alice is constantly trying to talk Ralph out of his latest hare-brained schemes, which never work and only waste time and money.

When the last show was telecast in September 1956, it may have ended its CBS network run, but the show has been seen sporadically, on many various channels for the last 56 years.

The Jackie Gleason Show still featured The Honeymooners, after the show left the air, but to me the Honeymooners shows of 1955-1956 were the best ever produced.

Imdb.com states that only Audrey Meadows of the original cast receives royalties, from each episode shown on any network. Her manager realized, that this could be a source of income, for many years for his client.

 

 

 

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Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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