“How Sweet It Is!”
by Billy Ingram
There are two new Jackie Gleason Show compilations out and they’re both brimming with lots of Honeymooners sketches.
The rest of the DVD’s 5 1/2 hours is packed with snippets from American Scene Magazine (what the Gleason Show was called from 1962-1966) and the 1966-1970 run of The Jackie Gleason Show in color.
Together they contain 11 Honeymooners sketches, another June Taylor Dancers routine, The Poor Sous, Reginald Van Gleason, and the hilarious Frank Fontaine as Crazy Googenheim, and lots more.
Indeed this is a treasure — and also includes the 2006 documentary Genius At Work hosted by Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm).
As was Gleason’s habit, these hours take a couple of old Honeymooners scripts and combines then into a single storyline. Funny? You bet!
Besides Gleason and Art Carney as Ralph and Norton, Sheila MacCrae and Jane Kean portray Alice and Trixie. It's a perfect cast.
Valentine Special: Alice is planning a surprise gift for Ralph but Ralph thinks Alice is seeing another man so he and Norton go undercover in drag to find out what she’s up too.
Christmas Special: Ralph has another get rich quick scheme and gambles away every cent he can get his hands on, then manages to get his mother in law involved, unbeknownst to her. By the way, Ralph's acerbic mother in law is played by none other than Eileen Heckhart. Hilarious stuff!
A Christmas Carol: where it made sense to someone that Ralph and the gang stage a version of the Charles Dickens classic.
The Honeymooners Specials: The Complete CollectionProduct Description
Valentine Special - Alice Kramden secretly plans to buy husband Ralph a suit for Valentine’s Day but Ralph thinks she’s sizing him up for a coffin after he finds incriminating items, including a life-insurance policy. Believing Alice is seeing another man, Ralph gets pal Ed Norton to join him undercover, dressed in drag
Christmas Special - As Christmas approaches, Ralph Kramden's latest get-rich scheme risks his and Alice's life savings on the lottery. The gamble also places Alice's mother's Social Security check in jeopardy
A Christmas Carol - Ralph enlists Alice, Ed and Trixie to perform with him on stage after he agrees to supervise and star in the annual office holiday fund-raiser for a charity chosen by his boss’ wife.? Ralph ends up rewriting and reimagining Charles Dickens’ dramatic classic A Christmas Carol with comedic results when Ed serves as the inexperienced director.
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