Handy Housewife Helper - Multi-purpose tool
mentioned on episode "Better Living Through TV" (aired 11/12/1955)
of the classic sitcom THE HONEYMOONERS/CBS/1955-56.
Ralph and Norton in "The Chef of the
Future" TV spot
In one of his many get rich schemes, Bus Driver
Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) paid $100 to make a TV commercial
("The Chef of the Future" with his friend Ed Norton (Art Carney) to sell
Housewife Helper," a sort of all-purpose kitchen tool (a la the
Swiss army knife).
The attachments on the Handy Housewife Helper featured
combination Boy Scout knife and glass cutter
combination nail-clipper and corn remover
self-propelled spear-fishing attachment
combination potato peeler and apple corer
To get one of these marvelous devices TV viewers
were asked to call Bensonhurst 5-6698 (number in original script
was Bensonhurst 5-6832). Ralph's supply of 2000 Handy Housewife
Helpers cost him 10 cents each and sold for a dollar each.
By the end of the commercial, however, Ralph
posing as the Chef of the Future botched every demonstration and
even knocked over the wall of the mock TV kitchen set.
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