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'Honeymooners' Actor Frank Marth Dies at 91
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/13/2014

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 Alzheimer’s disease in Rancho Mirage, Calif., a family friend told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 91.

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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."

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: hollywood; honeymooners; obituary

1 posted on 01/13/2014 9:45:30 AM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

He was in everything back then. Long career. RIP Frank.


2 posted on 01/13/2014 9:50:18 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Borges

LOL “Gee I didn’t know Davy Crockett was so fat”....a classic!!!!!


3 posted on 01/13/2014 9:51:20 AM PST by 1217Chic
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To: Borges

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....”


4 posted on 01/13/2014 9:54:17 AM PST by YourAdHere (I flip off all Obama bumper stickers.)
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To: 1217Chic

OMG what a blast from the past!

I forgot that one-line zinger

I laughed my a$$ off


5 posted on 01/13/2014 9:54:52 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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To: headstamp 2

I remember him as making a convincing looking Nazi in “Hogan’s Heroes”.


6 posted on 01/13/2014 9:55:15 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Borges

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


7 posted on 01/13/2014 9:55:55 AM PST by bramps (Mark Levin: Would Christie, McConnell, and Boehner repeal obamacare? Not a chance!)
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To: Borges; windcliff; stylecouncilor

He was great!

RIP Frank Marth.


8 posted on 01/13/2014 9:56:56 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Borges
I remember him well, from an era when entertainment was still relatively innocent, even gentle. The Honeymooners were a part of my childhood.

RIP.

9 posted on 01/13/2014 9:59:38 AM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: Borges

The guy played all kinds of roles.

10 posted on 01/13/2014 10:00:12 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Borges
The Honeymooners
An absolute classic. If you put all of today's programming together, it still wouldn't be as good as the worst show from the "Golden Age" of television.
Plus it was free.
11 posted on 01/13/2014 10:01:52 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: martin_fierro

RIP - always loved his characters


12 posted on 01/13/2014 10:02:12 AM PST by Tuxedo (Forget Gold - buy Lead!)
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To: headstamp 2

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.


13 posted on 01/13/2014 10:04:06 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: 1217Chic

“You were a little cup of butter; now you’re a whole tub of lard!”


14 posted on 01/13/2014 10:09:50 AM PST by Wiggins
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To: headstamp 2

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.


15 posted on 01/13/2014 10:12:53 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: oh8eleven

The people were funny, funny and not cartoons.


16 posted on 01/13/2014 10:14:02 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: oh8eleven

Why does everyone still believe in the free lunch?


17 posted on 01/13/2014 10:15:16 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: martin_fierro

I remember him in a lot of old shows since I watch too many.


18 posted on 01/13/2014 10:18:50 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

Bookmarked for later.


19 posted on 01/13/2014 10:19:48 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: YourAdHere

20 posted on 01/13/2014 10:21:04 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


21 posted on 01/13/2014 10:24:43 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Why does everyone still believe in the free lunch?
Your point is ...?
22 posted on 01/13/2014 10:41:46 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

There is no such thing and never has been but people still think it exists.


23 posted on 01/13/2014 10:43:29 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Borges
From the episode 'Funny Money' where Ralph finds a large suitcase full of cash:

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?

24 posted on 01/13/2014 10:43:53 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

And your worldly knowledge and philosophy relate to Golden Age TV, how?


25 posted on 01/13/2014 10:49:38 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: JPG

Hysterical....that and “Mamma loves Mombo”


26 posted on 01/13/2014 10:52:44 AM PST by 1217Chic
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To: oh8eleven

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?


27 posted on 01/13/2014 10:53:50 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: martin_fierro

Here’s the list.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0551731/


28 posted on 01/13/2014 10:55:16 AM PST by abb
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To: lefty-lie-spy

You can get a lot of old Honeymooners episodes on Youtube.
Also Amos & Andy.


29 posted on 01/13/2014 10:56:34 AM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


30 posted on 01/13/2014 10:59:56 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

But somebody is paying for it.

Again, no free lunch.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 11:04:43 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

There are also a lot on Youtube. There is even a “John Wayne Channel”


32 posted on 01/13/2014 11:10:16 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Everything is free. Gibsmedat.


33 posted on 01/13/2014 11:11:34 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


34 posted on 01/13/2014 11:15:18 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Now do you understand?
My point was that TV programming was free back in the day, i.e., no cable bill. So simple even a caveman could understand ... but not you.
Not the cost of the TV, not the cost of an antenna, nor the burden of having to tolerate 12 minutes of commercials per hour.
But there's always one feckin' know-it-all who just can't grasp a simple concept, sticks his foot in his mouth, then tries to blame someone else.
35 posted on 01/13/2014 11:30:04 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Good question. Send an email to the broadcast provider.


36 posted on 01/13/2014 11:31:21 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: oh8eleven

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.

See?

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.


37 posted on 01/13/2014 11:36:32 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Cool. Thanks for the pictures.


38 posted on 01/13/2014 12:01:16 PM PST by pke
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To: YourAdHere

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.

RIP Frank


39 posted on 01/13/2014 12:09:47 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Balding_Eagle
I am guessing that this is a secondary bit of bandwidth that the owner of 14 paid for when they bought spectrum. They make money on 14.1 and use a little bit of that money to buy the (now cheap) old movies to make the whole 14 package more attractive to a cable bundler.

Just out of curosity what's on 14.1?

40 posted on 01/13/2014 12:34:18 PM PST by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: Borges

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?!?!?!


41 posted on 01/13/2014 12:35:58 PM PST by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: mwilli20

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!


42 posted on 01/13/2014 1:52:09 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Borges

but can it core an apple?


43 posted on 01/13/2014 2:22:53 PM PST by trustnooneever
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To: mwilli20

wpix has em saturday and sunday....metv has em saturday nights


44 posted on 01/13/2014 2:46:59 PM PST by trustnooneever
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To: Borges

RIP.


45 posted on 01/13/2014 2:50:42 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Harold Shea

This is a bit more about what you’re remembering, which you might find of interest:

http://www.tvobscurities.com/spotlight/youre-in-the-picture-the-jackie-gleason-show/


46 posted on 01/13/2014 2:56:31 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: murron

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.


47 posted on 01/13/2014 3:43:51 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

A very good find,thanks.


48 posted on 01/13/2014 4:32:00 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Thanks for the pix—I was wondering what it looked like.

All that is missing is some stone June Taylor dancers.


49 posted on 01/13/2014 4:35:17 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; oh8eleven

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.


50 posted on 01/13/2014 4:48:03 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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