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MPI Press Release: The Honeymooners Lost Episodes The Complete Series 1951-1957


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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted September 09 2011 - 04:29 AM



 

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HOW SWEET IT IS! THE MOST DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF ONE OF TV’S

MOST BELOVED SERIES COMES TO DVD PACKED WITH RARITIES

 

THE HONEYMOONERS LOST EPISODES:
THE COMPLETE RESTORED SERIES



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Treasure Trove of Over 50 Hours on 15 Discs, Including Many Episodes Not Seen

in Half a Century, Arrives From MPI on October 4, 2011

 

What can only be called the holy grail of American television comedy will arrive when MPI Home Video releases the mammoth collection THE HONEYMOONERS LOST EPISODES: THE COMPLETE RESTORED SERIES. The 15-DVD collectible set of rare sketches and full-length shows – many not seen since their original broadcast – will be available October 4, 2011, with an SRP of $129.98.

 

From the moment it debuted on the DuMont Network’s Calvacade of Stars variety show starring Jackie Gleason in 1951, THE HONEYMOONERS has been an American television treasure.

 

When Gleason moved to CBS a year later he took THE HONEYMOONERS with him and between 1952 and 1957, THE HONEYMOONERS became a regular feature of The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS. Viewers fell in love with beleaguered Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden (Gleason, The Hustler, Smokey and the Bandit), his long-suffering wife Alice (Audrey Meadows) and their best friends and neighbors, sewer worker Ed Norton (Oscar winner Art Carney, Harry and Tonto) and his wife Trixie (Joyce Randolph).

 

These classic HONEYMOONERS episodes were broadcast live and never seen again until Jackie Gleason opened his private film vault in 1985 and announced that he had kinescopes – films made from a television monitor - of these thought-to-be-lost live HONEYMOONERS shows.
Now, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the very first HONEYMOONERS broadcast, MPI Home Video and Jackie Gleason Enterprises present the most complete collection possible of these rare gems. Many have not been seen anywhere in 50 years and numerous sketches and episodes are making their DVD debut. 


Among the highlights and firsts of this more-than-50-hour collection: 30 episodes and sketches never before on DVD – including the eight highly sought-after 1957 HONEYMOONERS musical hours, which have not been seen anywhere since their original broadcasts; two previously unknown HONEYMONERS radio shows; rare color home movie footage of a 1957 HONEYMOONERS rehearsal; the first home video release of the nine known surviving HONEYMOONERS sketches from the DuMont Cavalcade of Stars variety show, featuring the original Alice Kramden, Pert Kelton; and new bonus features including an interview with Joyce Randolph.

 

Included among the 107 HONEYMOONERS live broadcasts in the collection are 14 full-length shows and 4 sketches not seen since their original airings in the 1950s.

 

The collection has been digitally restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and includes a deluxe 42-page booklet containing the full HONEYMOONERS history and rare photos, compiled by HONEYMOONERS expert Robert S. Bader.

 

With “The Great One,” Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden – one of television’s most beloved and iconic characters – THE HONEYMOONERS remains as hilarious as when it was first seen more than half a century ago. Generations of HONEYMOONERS fans can rejoice as the most complete collection of these classic shows is now available.

 

About MPI Home Video

Chicago based MPI Home Video, a subsidiary of MPI Media Group, is a market leader for high quality releases to both wide and specialized audiences through home video distribution. Founded in 1976, MPI Home Video remains one of the largest independent companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world’s most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs.www.mpihomevideo.com


 

About MPI Media Group

The MPI Media Group is a leading producer, distributor and licensor of films, home entertainment, historical footage and more. Founded in 1976, Chicago-based MPI Media Group remains one of the largest independent entertainment companiesproducing and distributing a compelling slate of the world’s most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs. MPI’s wholly owned subsidiaries include MPI Home Entertainment, Dark Sky Films, and the WPA Film Librarywww.mpimediagroup.com


 

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THE HONEYMOONERS LOST EPISODES:
THE COMPLETE RESTORED SERIES



Street date: October 4, 2011

Prebook: August 29, 2011

SRP: $129.98

Running time: Approx. 50 hours (15 discs)

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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   DeWilson

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Posted September 09 2011 - 12:10 PM

14 full-length shows and 4 sketches not seen since their original airings in the 1950s. Well, the 1957 Musical account for 8 full-length shows, so - that would leave 6 full-length shows and 4 skits - but the big question is - which ones of those are "new" and which ones are earlier/later versions of the same skits that were not in the tv syndication package,or specials/compilations. Following CBS skits & full-shows were missing/incomplete as of a couple of years ago,although some may have been found. The Turkey (9/27/1952) Masquerade (a.k.a. Question Mark) (10/25/1952) Missing Pants (12/6/1952) Christmas Party (12/20/1952) Easter Hats (4/4/1953) Alice’s Birthday (5/16/1953) Dorsey Brothers Show (5/23/1953) Fortune Teller (4/3/1954) Halloween Party (10/30/1954) - Second version of 1953 Skit Santa and the Bookies (12/18/1954) Original version aired 12/12/1953 Letter to the Boss (5/21/1955) Original version aired 11/14/1953 Stand In For Murder (6/4/1955) Original version aired 4/17/1954 Six Months to Live (5/11/1957) Original version aired 12/13/1952

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Posted September 09 2011 - 12:11 PM

14 full-length shows and 4 sketches not seen since their original airings in the 1950s. Well, the 1957 Musical account for 8 full-length shows, so - that would leave 6 full-length shows and 4 skits - but the big question is - which ones of those are "new" and which ones are earlier/later versions of the same skits that were not in the tv syndication package,or specials/compilations. Following CBS skits & full-shows were missing/incomplete as of a couple of years ago,although some may have been found. The Turkey (9/27/1952) Masquerade (a.k.a. Question Mark) (10/25/1952) Missing Pants (12/6/1952) Christmas Party (12/20/1952) Easter Hats (4/4/1953) Alice’s Birthday (5/16/1953) Dorsey Brothers Show (5/23/1953) Fortune Teller (4/3/1954) Halloween Party (10/30/1954) Second version of 1953 Skit Santa and the Bookies (12/18/1954) Original version aired 12/12/1953 Letter to the Boss (5/21/1955) Original version aired 11/14/1953 Stand In For Murder (6/4/1955) Original version aired 4/17/1954 Six Months to Live (5/11/1957) Original version aired 12/13/1952

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Posted September 12 2011 - 07:44 AM

"Letter to the Boss" was released on VHS back when the "lost episodes" were first issued. It's a great piece of work.

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Posted September 12 2011 - 11:25 AM

To update: The Turkey (9/27/1952) - This skit was discovered to exist privately and the kinescope was sold on e-bay a year or two ago. According to another forum, MPI and the Jackie Gleason Estate were notified of its existence, but it wasn't known whether or not they were able to obtain it. Masquerade (a.k.a. Question Mark) (10/25/1952) Missing Pants (12/6/1952) Easter Hats (4/4/1953) Alice’s Birthday (5/16/1953) - Some sources claim that these 4 skits do exist but were not released in the past due to damage or other reasons. It seems likely that they do exist since the exact timings of them have been given. Christmas Party (12/20/1952) - This skit was reported as having a reel missing, but others have noted that clips from the beginning, middle, and end have all been shown - so that report might have been incorrect. Fortune Teller (4/3/1954) - This skit was also reported as being incomplete, with only half of it existing. Halloween Party (10/30/1954) Second version of 1953 Skit - This skit reportedly exists but was not released. Stand In For Murder (6/4/1955) Second version of 1954 Skit - This skit exists and debuted on home video this year on MPI's Lost Episodes Best-of DVD. Dorsey Brothers Show (5/23/1953) - Still considered lost. Santa and the Bookies (12/18/1954) Second version of 1953 Skit Letter to the Boss (5/21/1955) Second version of 1953 Skit Six Months to Live (5/11/1957) Second version of 1952 Skit - These 3 remakes are still considered lost. Only the original performances of these last three have appeared. So it looks like only 4 of the 103 skits aired on CBS b/w 1952 and 1957 might truly be lost. The press release states that the DVD set will include 107 skits, with 9 of them being from the Dumont "Cavalcade of Stars." That would mean that 98 CBS skits are included with 5 missing. I'm wondering if "The Turkey" is going to be odd man out if they weren't able to get a copy. Then again, the first report said there were 8 Dumont skits. If that's true then it seems "The Turkey" would be included. This is all just guesswork. I wish they would release a list of the full contents and end the suspense!!!

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Posted September 13 2011 - 12:22 AM

To update: The Turkey (9/27/1952) - This skit was discovered to exist privately and the kinescope was sold on e-bay a year or two ago. According to another forum, MPI and the Jackie Gleason Estate were notified of its existence, but it wasn't known whether or not they were able to obtain it. ...

I had heard about this as well.

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Posted October 03 2011 - 05:10 PM

This seems to sum up which of the questionable skits were included: http://www.stevehoff...00&postcount=95 I guess the suspense is over! Looks like they covered just about everything with this release.

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Posted October 03 2011 - 05:17 PM

This appears to cover which of the questionable skits were included: http://www.stevehoff...00&postcount=95 I guess the suspense is over! Looks like MPI did a great job including everything known to exist.

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Posted October 04 2011 - 08:46 AM

What about the 2 skits performed on TOAST OF THE TOWN? One is known to exist.