Thanks for posting that video. I tried watching it to see what Curly was watching (although that was a 1953 episode, I'm sure it was similar to what Curly watched when he was alive), but it was pretty painful to watch. I'm guessing that Janie got more of a kick out of it than Curly did.
Yeah, most likely he watched it with Janie, just like my mom used to watch Bozo and Ray Rayner with me when I was a kid. It is kind of stagey, like TV of that era. Later they made an animated series out of it:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz71pov1odc
(There is one episode involving IIRC, a creature called the "Three-Headed Threep," which sports the heads of Moe, Larry and Curly. I didn't find it doing a quick You Tube search. I have a fondness for these characters having watched them on local Chicago TV as a kid.)
I also found this, what is billed as "Jackie Gleason's first TV Show" in October 1949: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMRIjTJpPQc
I know Curly had a massive stroke in the beginning of 1949 but I would bet that he watched the very episode above, and perhaps some of those that followed. I watched a few minutes and it was actually kind of funny.
Thanks for the Riley link. I had not seen The Life Of Riley
before. It was based on a radio show with an actor named William Bendix, with Gleason playing the role in the TV series. Later, they did a second TV version with Bendix.
I would have guessed if Curly appreciated Gleason, he may have seen him on Cavalcade Of Stars
, but then I remembered he wasn't the original host of that series. He took it over in 1950 -- I don't know the exact timeline of Curly's health decline, but I would doubt Curly ever saw "The Honeymooners" as the first skit was performed only a couple months before he passed away.
It's interesting to watch stuff that some of our favorite performers watched, and imagine how it might have influenced them.