The Honeymooners (1955–1956)
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'Twas the Night Before Christmas 

Ralph sells his bowling ball to get a last-minute Christmas present for Alice.


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 (voice)


Ralph sells his bowling ball to get a last-minute Christmas present for Alice.

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

24 December 1955 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to the Clement Clarke Moore poem 'A Visit from St. Nicholas', more commonly known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'. See more »


When Ralph gets his Christmas gift from Alice, Gleason flubs his line but recovers. He says, "A bowling bag ball...I mean a bowling ball bag." See more »


[Ralph's gift from Norton is a pair of spats]
Ralph Kramden: I know it came from your heart.
Ed Norton: No, it didn't, it came from the fat man shop.
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Alternate Versions

Some syndicated airings cut out the ending of this episode in which Jackie Gleason steps out of character to wish the audience a Merry Christmas. See more »

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas was a touching holiday episode of "The Honeymooners"
18 December 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

I just watched for the first time on YouTube this holiday episode of "The Honeymooners" from their only season outside of being a sketch on "The Jackie Gleason Show". There's a partial touch of the O'Henry story, "The Gift of the Magi", here with the standard, but well-earned, laughs whenever Norton (Art Carney) shows up. The sentimental speech Ralph gives at the end almost seems tacked on though it's still touching just the same and then Jackie brings his fellow cast members on stage for one more bow as he wishes us a Merry Christmas. All I want to say now is watch the episode and enjoy the chemistry between Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolph, and especially, Glesaon and Carney in one of the best shows to come out of The Golden Age of Television...

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