I couldn't write "The Farmer in the Dell" today.
- Jeff

Once Upon a Honeymoon is a 1956 American short musical fantasy film. It was sponsored by Bell Telephone to promote the newly-introduced colored telephone sets that were marketed as a better complement of modern home decor of the time. The Western Electric Model 500 desk telephone and the Model 554 wall telephone are featured in a variety of colors.


In Heaven, the Angel Chief has called a conference on Cloud 7 to talk about a newly married couple, Jeff and Mary. They have been trying to go on honeymoon but are repeatedly forced to postpone due to Jeff's work commitments as a songwriter. The couple's guardian angel Wilbur is sent to Earth to help Jeff write a new song for an upcoming musical so the couple can finally leave on their honeymoon.

While Jeff struggles to write a new song, Mary daydreams about new home decor and appliances. With the help of Wilbur, Mary imagines what it would be like to have the latest household products, including telephones provided by Bell. Wilbur then helps Jeff compose a new song, allowing the couple to finally leave on their much-anticipated honeymoon.

Known Cast[]

  • Virginia Gibson as Mary
  • Ward Ellis as Jeff
  • Alan Mowbray as Gordon
  • Chick Chandler as Wilbur
  • Veronica Pataky as Sonya
  • Russell Hicks as Angel Chief


  • Clips from this short were shown in "The Telephone" episode of The Secret Life of Machines.
  • In addition to his on-camera work, Ward Ellis was also the creator and choreographer for the musical group The Doodletown Pipers.
  • This was the final screen role of Veronica Pataky.
  • Once Upon a Honeymoon is also the title of a 1942 film starring Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers.

MST3K Connections[]


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Season 1 Radar Men from the Moon, Chapter 123456789
Season 2 The Phantom Creeps, Chapter 123X Marks the Spot
Season 3 Alphabet AnticsSnow ThrillsSpeech: Using Your VoiceAquatic WizardsCatching TroubleThe Home Economics StoryMr. B NaturalPosture PalsAppreciating Our Parents
Season 4 Undersea Kingdom, Chapter 1Junior Rodea DaredevilsUndersea Kingdom, Chapter 2General Hospital, #1#2#3Johnny at the FairCircus on IceHere Comes the CircusHired!, Part 12
Season 5 What to Do on a DateThe Truck FarmerBody Care and GroomingIs This Love?CheatingWhat About Juvenile Delinquency?Last Clear ChanceDesign for Dreaming
Season 6 A Date with Your FamilyThe Selling WizardUncle Jim's Dairy FarmA Day at the FairWhy Study Industrial ArtsYoung Man's FancyKeeping Neat and CleanAre You Ready for Marriage?Out of this WorldSpeech: Platform Posture and AppearanceMoney Talks!Progress Island U.S.A.The Days of our Years
Season 7 Once Upon a HoneymoonThe Chicken of Tomorrow
Season 9 Century 21 CallingRobot Rumpus
Season 10 A Case of Spring Fever
Season 13 Pipeline to the CloudsLet's Make a Meal in 20 MinutesCourt CaseSleep for HealthThe Wonder of ReproductionCavalcadeBalance Beam for GirlsBicylcing Visual SkillsThe Bicycle DriverLet's Keep Food Safe to EatMr. B NaturalBetter Breakfasts, U.S.A.Doing Things for Ourselves in School
Additional Assignment: VenezualaWhat's It to You?Circus DayA Busy Day at the County FairBehind the Scenes at the SupermarketSafety in Offices
Compilations Shorts, Volume 1Shorts, Volume 2Shorts, Volume 3Mr. B's Lost Shorts??!!Assignment: Venezuela and Other ShortsThe MST3K Festival of Shorts