''The Honeymooners'' had a Christmas special in the '70s

Ralph directs a Christmas play!

By 1977, the classic 39 episodes of The Honeymooners had been playing in re-runs for 20 years. Even that far removed from the show's heyday, Ralph and Alice Kramden, along with Ed and Trixie Norton, were enough of a commodity that ABC greenlit their very own Christmas special, to air November 28th.

The whole gang was back, except for Joyce Randolph, who no longer appeared as Norton's wife Trixie. She'd been replaced by Jane Kean, who played Trixie on The Jackie Gleason Show. The characters, however, remained the same as ever, and life for Ralph was no less frustrating during the holiday season.

At work, Rakph's boss suggests that Kramden would be a suitable director for the company's Christmas play. While that might seem at odds with Ralph's entire personality, he's got an ulterior motive. The previous Christmas play director was promoted to Vice President of the bus line.

Naturally, conflict begins to build, as Alice is expecting a holiday vacation to Miami with her husband. On top of that, she sees it as pretty unlikely that Ralph would ever be embraced as the company's vice president. 

Even though he has no previous directing experience, Ralph is pretty gung-ho about the whole thing and casts Norton as both Tiny Tim and Scrooge in his adaptation of A Christmas Carol. He even sells commercial time to keep up with production expenses.

While Ralph directing a Christmas play doesn't make much sense, Jackie Gleason directed the real-life special. There was also a bit of irony surrounding Alice's regrets about missing out on a Miami vacation. The special was actually taped in Miami!

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11 Comments

SparkleMotion 7 months ago
"Ralph is pretty gung-ho about the whole thing and casts Norton as both Tiny Tim and Scrooge in his adaptation of A Christmas Carol." LOL! I've never seen this. I'm going to have to find it somewhere and watch it. I love The Honeymooners! ... Merry Christmas Eve, everyone. 🎄❤️💚❤️🎄
Well, it's on Freevee!
AgingDisgracefully 7 months ago
A Daily-Double For Ralph!
Career Move plus Real Scenery Flavor!
BrittReid 7 months ago
There was a Christmas episode in one of the classic 39 shows. Jackie and the cast came out after the episode to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
LoveMETV22 7 months ago
Not sure but think the video clip from 1977 might be from the Christmas Special mentioned in the article.
As Miami is mentioned:
cperrynaples LoveMETV22 7 months ago
It was the next-to-last Honeymooners! The last one was taped in Atlantic City just as the casinos opened! And that's not Joyce Randolph as Trixie, it's Jane Kean!
cperrynaples cperrynaples 7 months ago
Correction: It was the second-to last! Also the Atlantic City episode was a Christmas show! Fun Fact: Santa in the final episode was announcer Johnny Olsen, best known for introducing the phrase "Come on down" on The Price Is Right!
cperrynaples cperrynaples 5 months ago
PS it was the last time Ralph did "POW right in the kisser"!
cperrynaples cperrynaples 5 months ago
And another correction: Olsen played a town crier in 1977 and a lottery announcer in 1978!
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