Skip to comments.'Honeymooners' Actor Frank Marth Dies at 91
Posted on 01/13/2014 9:45:30 AM PST by Borges
Frank Marth, a veteran character actor and member of Jackie Gleason's stock company on The Honeymooners, died Sunday of congestive heart failure and Alzheimers disease in Rancho Mirage, Calif., a family friend told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 91.
The tall and slender Marth, though, is probably best remembered for his assortment of background roles on The Honeymooners, which starred Gleason and Audrey Meadows as Ralph and Alice Kramden, with Art Carney as their upstairs neighbor, Ed Norton. Marth played Harvey Wohlstetter, who hires Alice to babysit his son, Harvey Jr., as Ralph jumps to conclusions and thinks his wife is having an affair. He was one of the hoods who holds the Kramdens and Norton hostage after Ralph witnesses a bank robbery, the newsman who gets Ralph in trouble at home after he quotes the bus driver in the paper boasting that he's the "head of the household," and the off-screen narrator of Norton's favorite TV show, Captain Video. Other "classic 39" episodes had him as Ralph's co-worker or pool-room buddy. Before and after The Honeymooners in the mid-1950s, Marth worked with Gleason on the comedian's variety shows Cavalcade of Stars and American Scene Magazine, the latter beamed from Miami Beach, Fla.
In Meadows' 1994 book Love, Alice: My Life as a Honeymooner, Marth noted that Gleason always called him Francis. On the show, "I always felt like I was going to a party, instead of work," he recalled. "It was such a blast."
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He was in everything back then. Long career. RIP Frank.
LOL “Gee I didn’t know Davy Crockett was so fat”....a classic!!!!!
If you’re ever in Miami, I highly recommend a visit to Gleason’s grave. It’s built like a Greek temple, and at the base of the steps it proclaims “and away we go....”
OMG what a blast from the past!
I forgot that one-line zinger
I laughed my a$$ off
I remember him as making a convincing looking Nazi in “Hogan’s Heroes”.
One of my favorite scenes was when Ralph actually gets to be a hero and beats this guy up (I should say, ‘beat up’ the character he was playing). Then Ralph says, “I guess this is the first time you messed with a N.Y. bus driver. (that’s paraphrased best from memory)
R.I.P. Mr. Marth
He was great!
RIP Frank Marth.
The guy played all kinds of roles.
RIP - always loved his characters
For all those of is that love old TV and radio, please check out the wonderful free archive of old time radio, television, and military films at http://archive.org. You can listen to all the episodes of such classics as “Dragnet” and “Yours Truly, Johhny Dollar”. These are staples of my life to keep me sane. As a bonus, a lot of the shows still retain the original commercial inserts, and the messages are all pro-America, pro-constitution. When I hear those shows and the commercials it gives me hope that we can get back to being a strong and proud USA again. I’ll have to go dig up old Honeymooners episodes now, but I believe they are still in syndication and have copyright holders. RIP Frank.
“You were a little cup of butter; now you’re a whole tub of lard!”
Marth had the kind of career most actors dream about: plenty of work, a good living, a good reputation, and the chance to live a normal life.
The people were funny, funny and not cartoons.
Why does everyone still believe in the free lunch?
I remember him in a lot of old shows since I watch too many.
Bookmarked for later.
More like free air. Broadcast was “free”, but you paid a price in quality, it had commercials. Then along came cable, and you paid directly, without those annoying, oh, never mind.
There is no such thing and never has been but people still think it exists.
Alice's Mom: Look Alice, just because you're married to a horse doesn't mean you have to live in a stable.
Ralph: This place isn't big enough for you and me! Alice's mom: This place isn't big enough for you and anybody!
(seeing the large suitcase) Alice's mom: (to Ralph) What is that, your lunch box?
And your worldly knowledge and philosophy relate to Golden Age TV, how?
Hysterical....that and “Mamma loves Mombo”
Thinking that TV is free.
First you buy the TV so that isn’t free.
Then the ad campaigns that are used on TV get factored into the price of the product. It’s is the customer that is paying for the program one way or another whether over-the-air or by way of cable.
Now do you understand?
Here’s the list.
You can get a lot of old Honeymooners episodes on Youtube.
Also Amos & Andy.
I’m not going to argue with ‘there is no free lunch’, but there is one channel we get on digital TV (I’m so out of touch I’m not sure if there is any other kind). For us it’s on 14.3 and I think it’s called GET TV. No commercials, ever. Just old movies back to back.
I’ve wondered who and why that channel is on.
But somebody is paying for it.
Again, no free lunch.
There are also a lot on Youtube. There is even a “John Wayne Channel”
Everything is free. Gibsmedat.
Of course someone is paying for it.
My question is what could be their motivation to broadcast at what appears to be without a source of income.
Good question. Send an email to the broadcast provider.
TV programming was not free back in the day. You stilled paid for it with the gasoline you bought, the laundry detergent you bought, and anything else you bought. The price of the product was higher because the advertising was factored into it.
Who paid for program? The advertisers! Who paid the advertising agencies to create those TV ads? The product manufacturers. How did the manufacturers pay for those ads? By adding it to the cost of the manufacture of the product(s) which you and I paid for.
Plus, you have to pay for electricity to power the darn thing.
There’s still no thing as a free lunch. Never has been, never will be.
Cool. Thanks for the pictures.
I was thinking Jackie Gleason lived in Hollywood.
Seem to remember a Jackie Gleason show where he
came out and sat on a chair and apologized for
it being such a stinker and he canceled it himself.
Just out of curosity what's on 14.1?
I have always wondered, with the gillion channels now available on a modern cable package, is there really NO ROOM for some Honeymooner re-runs??? REALLY?!?!?!
That make sense.
14.1 is a Spanish channel, I think it has commercials, I never watch it. Right now it appears to be a sort of Oprah type tell all your sleazy secrets show.
14.2 is showing an American movie. It’s saying ‘Bounce’ in the lower right. I think it has commercials too, and must just be a low grade channel, as I never find anything of interest on it. Oh, wait, I watched Seinfeld there one time I think.
The channel I was asking about 14.3 shows about a half dozen different movies over and over. Jane Russell stars in one, to give a time frame to the year. She’s an awful actress BTW!
but can it core an apple?
wpix has em saturday and sunday....metv has em saturday nights
This is a bit more about what you’re remembering, which you might find of interest:
Honeymooners set the mold for all sorts of TV shows, characters, etc.
It’s a shame Amos & Andy got shunted - it’s no more racist than “good times” and twenty times funnier.
A very good find,thanks.
Thanks for the pix—I was wondering what it looked like.
All that is missing is some stone June Taylor dancers.
So tell us, since you clearly know so much. I wasn’t there or anywhere when the Honeymooners was on prime TV, that as you insist wasn’t free, because as you wholly original thought informs us “there is no free lunch”. If someone was there in 1955, owned a TV, so let’s subtract the price of the TV set from the equation, but did not watch it, then would he find additional cash in this pocket, because TV was not free? And let us say that he used generic laundry detergent which didn’t advertise, or made his own, didn’t smoke cigarettes, etc, would The Honeymooners not be free for him? We’ve got to carry our Captain Obvious philosophical treatise to their logical conclusion. Yes, TV was free in 1955, and everyone already understands that advertising paid for it, and that GASP! TV sets cost money. The broadcasts over the air were still free to receive.