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Old 05-22-2020, 07:40 AM   #1
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Default Honeymooners Box Set Extras Reviews: "Person To Person" w/Jackie Gleason & more:

Honeymooners Box Set Extras Reviews: "Person To Person" segment with Jackie Gleason & Honeymooners Highlights:

"Person To Person" segment with Jackie Gleason:

DVD: On the HD Blu-Ray set, it is attached to the full 1-hour musical special The Honeymooners: The Adoption from 1966, the edited Honeymooners 35th Anniversary special that aired on CBS (Paramount edited the lost episode clips that were originally apart of this special), the 50th Anniversary Special and two versions of "The Bensonhurst Bomber" (one has the original sponsor ads) and two versions of "A Man's Pride" (one has the original sponsor ads.)

For this segment, Jackie subs for Ed R Murrow and interviews a person who was a real-life NYC bus driver. As TJ from sitcomsonline pointed out: "It's a fun interview, if not a little politically incorrect at times. But it gives a nice look at the life of a New York City lower middle class family of the time, something that we typically only see in fiction. After seeing this, I'm very much interested in knowing what happened to the family featured here. I even tried to Google them to find out more, but their last name is Reilly, which is of course a very common name."

The subtitles say his name is James Rahilly and not Reilly. Rahilly, of course is also a very common name. I wonder if the people who did the subtitling made a mistake. Oh well. Jack has a light cigarette in his hand as he conducts the interview. James drove a bus for the Third Avenue Transit Corporation. Jackie: "Five days a week, 50 weeks a year, James washes, dresses, eats and is out of his East Bronx apartment by 5a. He drives a bus for 10 hours. He has done this for eight years." James was 32 at the time of this interview and is a member of the Transport Workers Union and was with the Army Signal Corps during the Korean War.

Jackie shows us the apartment building where the Rahilly's lived. His wife was Mary and they had three kids. Mary and Jim are shown via satellite (even in the 50s, they had satellites.) Jack says that this interview is something that he will never forget. When Jack asks if James ever loses his temper, Mary says he very seldom does and when he does, he makes Ralph Kramden look quiet. That gets a laugh from Jackie. Jackie talks about woman drivers. James: "Well, Jack, I'm prejudiced. I don't care for them. I had a woman driver right in front of me make a U-turn and she signaled by holding out two fingers." I wonder if those were two middle fingers. Probably wasn't though. James continues: "After that, I took Mary out and tried to break her in a car. After she told me to watch the traffic because she was too busy driving, that was the end of that episode." I wonder what Mary thought of this. Jack asks what are the passengers' biggest complaint. James says that is waiting and that the public complains to us when they should be complaining to management because after all, they got through with 10 hours on the road and after that, they don't like going down to the boss and telling them about the complaints. Jackie: "In other words, its the management's fault." James: "No Jack, its sometimes bridge openings and other blocks on the road. That's not anybody's fault.

Jackie asks about the kids. James says that they are not sleeping. He goes to get a bottle for the baby. Jackie: "You have been living there for a while." James: "Eight years Jack." Jack: "Have you ever thought about moving?" James: "Yes. We'd would like to buy a house but not at the present time." Jack: "Is feeding the baby one of your responsibilities at home." Jack: "Not all the time. Only at night Jack." Two of the kids are shown on screen. Now James has the baby in his arms." Jack: "How old are the kids Jim?" James: "Well Howard is 9, Jimmy is 7 and Margaret is 2." Now all of the family is shown together. Jackie says hi to the boys. In a funny moment, they both say: "Hi, Mr. Jack GEASUS." That gets a chuckle out of Gleason. Jackie asks them when they are old enough to drive, that he doesn't think there'll be any buses for you." Considerating that people still use buses today, I would say that he was wrong. Jackie: "What would you like to do?" One of them says: "I would like to be a bus driver." Oh geez. One of them says: "I would like to be a brother." No joke. That is what he said. Jackie: "Right now, I assume the little one wants to drink milk." Jackie addresses Jim Jr. Jackie: "I understand that you like baseball." Jim Jr.: "Yes." Jackie: "The other boy, what is your name?" Howard: "Howard Rahilly." Jackie: "I understand that you collect stamps." Howard: "Yes."

Jackie: "Big Jim, what would you like to see your sons when they grow up?" Jim: "Jack, nothing would make me happier when they chose a profession. If they had a vocation, it would make me proud to see them in a religious life." Jackie: "How about you Jim? Do you ever think you'll ever change your work?" Jim: "I am interested in the labor management movement, and if there was any opportunity for me to move up with the union, I sure would like it." I wonder if he ever did change jobs. Jackie: "Mary, what do you do when you are not taking care of the house?" Mary: "We go on outings and I have club meetings. We have a club of all cousins. A hen party, you might call it. We sit and knock our husbands, and have a ball in general."

Jackie: "Jim, where were you stationed when you were in the army?" Jim: "I always thought I was gonna see a lot of the USA, but III went from right here to Fort Dix to Brooklyn to England, France, Scotland, Belgium, Holland and Germany." Jack: "Did you see much action in Europe?" Jim: "Not too much Jack." Mary: "Tell him about your heroic story." Jack: "Let's hear it." Jim: "I'm on the spot Jack. We were in the port of Antwerp. When we first moved in there, there was still German snipers in the area. I was sent up to see what was going on behind a curtain wall. When I got there, I was hit with a flower pot by a German who didn't have a rifle." Jackie laughs. Jim continues: "I was KOed and bandaged up and I was taken back to a first-aid area. So, one of my buddies from the outfit was in the area, and I've come to screaming that I was blind because my eyes were bandaged. So when the pal went back to the outfit he said that poor Rahilly was blind and they all felt sorry. But, when they finally came down to treat me, they put a Band-Aid on my forehead and sent me back to my company. Needless to say the fellas, they didn't want to look too soft-hearted, they politely practically murdered me Jack. It was very embarrassing." Both Big Jim and Jackie got a chuckle during this.

Jackie: "I noticed that you pronounce your name 'Riley.'" Jim: "We are known as 'Riley,' Jack but the proper pronunciation is 'Rahilly.' That is the Irish way. Jackie: "Do you watch the Honeymooners all the time Mary?" Mary: "All the time. I'm a fanatic." If she is still alive, I wonder if she still watches the show. Jackie: "As a real bus driver, do you have any comments to make about our show (Honeymooners)?" Jim: "I have two Jack. I watch very closely. I notice that you get up awful late in the morning for a man with 12 years seniority. You should be rolling out of bed at 4a. 6a goes to the old-timer about 25, 30 years." Oh boy! Talk about an unappealing thing about that job unless you love waking up that early. We also have one of the strongest unions in the country. Each driver should be proud to show his union button, and you don't wear one. But the Transport Workers Union has made you a lifetime member and you will get the same button that I wear as I have on my coat here." That was very nice of them. Jackie: "I appreciate that. Kramden will wear that button from here on in." I think there were future episodes in which Ralph in his uniform did not have that button on. I don't think he had it on during the Honeymooners movie.

Jackie: "You and Mary look like happy people. Are you?" Jim: "When you see our kids all healthy and husky." They don't look husky to me. I have a steady job. I have no complaints. I'm very happy Jack. I've got a wonderful family here." Jackie: "That is wonderful. When we argue on the Honeymooners, we do it for laughs." Jim: "We do it too Jack but sometimes its not for laughs." Mary: "We call them 'loud discussions.' We never fight."

Jackie: "I know that the audience loved this. Seeing how a real bus driver and the rest of his family live. It's a pleasure to see the youngsters that you have and a lovely wife that you have. You are a swell guy Jim. Jim: "You are a swell guy too." Jackie: "Before we go, I'd like to ask you one thing. What is your favorite TV show?" Jim: "The boys like Beat The Clock." I wonder why. Jim continues: "We like the Honeymooners." Jackie: "Thank you. I'll speak to those kids later." Jim thanks the Rahilly's. Jackie: "It was a lot of fun being here tonight, and most of the credit belongs to these people." A primitive graphic shows some of the credits which include:

"produced by

John A. Aaron

Jesse Zousmer

with

Charles N. Hill

John Horn

Dave Moore

Bob M Sammon

Aaron Ehrich

Liz Scofield

and

Frank Schaffner"

Jackie says goodnight. In the credits the words "produced", "with" & "and" were not capitalized.

Honeymooners Highlights:

VHS: Attached to "TV or Not TV."

Basically what this is that you get a few seconds of each episode (most of which contain Classic Lines that were posted on the 1993 releases of the show.) However, there are several clips from several episodes that are played in succession of Ralph calling Ed a mental case. What you would see if a image of a volume from the 1993 release of the Classic 39 with the episodes that said volume contains and you would see the highlights. All the volumes would be shown in order and sometime during the clipfest like I said before, you would get several clips of Ralph calling Ed a mental case.

For whatever reason, CBS decided to not include a version of these highlights this in any of the future DVD releases. All they had to do is instead of showing a volume from the 1993 release, they would show like Disc 1 and played the exact same highlights that were on volume 1 of the 1993 release. Ah well, it's not a huge loss.

Credit I think goes to (the original) Bill's 'Mooners Archives, eBay.com, tv.com, Honeymooners Lost Episodes Book, tvguide.com, honeymooners.net, Honeymooners Box Set booklet Honeymooners Lost Episodes DVD booklet, Wikipedia.org, Yahoo Groups You're A Riot! & Amazon.com.
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