The Honeymooners Spoof [Red Skelton Show]

Honeymooners spoof, with Peter Lorre as Ralph Kramden, Red Skelton as Ed Norton, Vampira as Malice Norton, and Muriel Landers as Truxie

The Honeymooners Spoof, with Peter Lorre and Vampira – The Red Skelton Show, season 4, originally aired January 18, 1955

Peter Lorre wants Red Skelton to help him create … a comedy show! This results in a unique, funny Honeymooners spoof with Peter Lorre.  Peter Lorre acts like an Addams Family-version of Ralph Kramden. Red Skelton plays an interesting version of Art Carney‘s character, Ed Norton.  Favorite line: “Ralph’s” wife (Vampira) asks him how his day was. Peter Lorre (who drives a hearse) replies, “Traffic was so bad, my passenger got out and walked!”

Studio executives try to butter up Red Skelton - "What a network!"
Studio executives try to butter up Red Skelton – “What a network!”

The sketch opens with Red visiting the executive committee of CBS-TV programming. Where he’s told that Peter Lorre will be starring in a TV comedy and has asked for Red to be his technical advisor. Watching the executives attempt to butter up Red is quite funny. Soon, a message from Peter Lorre is delivered … by dagger! It reads:

“Skeleton,
[Red comments that he doesn’t know how to spell] Oh, yes I do. I’ll expect you at my house at the stroke of midnight. I live two blocks from the graveyard. Will dig you later.”

Peter Lorre’s house

Red Skelton meets Meredith the gorilla butler. Peter has trouble retaining servants, for some reason …

Red appears at Peter’s mansion late at night. It’s a very funny scene, between the Halloween atmosphere, meeting Peter Lorre’s butler Meredith the Gorilla, and nearly getting strapped into an electric chair. His and Her chairs, of course. Shortly afterward, he meets Sam Skelton and Peter’s lovely wife — Vampira.

Peter Lorre's "wife", Vampira.
Vampira: He looks like a real dead wire to me.
Red: Well, this kid's slab happy!
Vampira: He looks like a real dead wire to me.
Red: Well, this kid’s slab happy!

After a very funny bit where Peter and Red rehearse a joke — where Peter keeps getting it wrong — they work on a domestic comedy skit. Like The Honeymooners. So, Peter introduces his writers.

Red: Oh, no! You've stolen my writers!
Red: Oh, no! You’ve stolen my writers!

The Peter Lorre Show

This takes us to “The Peter Lorre Show”, that begins with an entertaining, yet macabre, dance number. Peter then comes on stage, impersonates Jackie Gleason, and segues into the Honeymooners spoof.

Honeymooners spoof - Red Skelton as Ed Norton, Peter Lorre as Ralph Cramden, Vampira as Ralph's wife "Malice"

Peter plays the role as Jackie Gleason would, including Ralph Kramden of the Honeymooners. Vampira plays Malice, Muriel Landers as neighbor Trixie, and Red himself as Ed Norton, and Muriel Landers as Ed’s wife “Truxie”. It’s a very funny skit!

Trivia

  • The title refers to the Jackie Gleason skits, The Honeymooners.
  • The macabre dance is performed to In the Hall of the Mountain King”. This is the tune that Peter Lorre’s character whistled in his classic film, M.