The Life of Riley (1949–1950)

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Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problems. His ... See full summary »

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 Chester A. Riley / ... (26 episodes, 1949-1950)
Rosemary DeCamp ...
 Peg Riley / ... (26 episodes, 1949-1950)
Lanny Rees ...
 Junior Riley / ... (22 episodes, 1949-1950)
Sid Tomack ...
 Jim Gillis / ... (22 episodes, 1949-1950)
Gloria Winters ...
 Babs Riley / ... (20 episodes, 1949-1950)
John Brown ...
 Digger O'Dell / ... (11 episodes, 1949-1950)
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Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problems. His stock answer to every turn of fate became a catch phrase: 'What a revoltin' development this is!" Written by Anonymous

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The series was canceled after 26 episodes because the show's sponsor, Pabst Beer, decided to put more money into Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts (1948) instead of continuing to sponsor this series for a full 39 episode season. Pabst offered producer Irving Brecher a six-episode renewal but he turned it down. See more »

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The wrong mix at the wrong time
13 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The show worked but not with Gleason. It had been very successful on radio with William Bendix and later came back to TV successfully with Bendix (one of the only times a cancelled show was recast and brought back for a second chance).

Gleason came back, too. Once again playing a Blue Collar everyman from Brooklyn but the second time lightning stuck in The Honeymooners.

But Reilly and Gleason together was a losing formula. Gleason was subdued and not funny. He could have played Reilly. He should have been able to. My guess was bad directing (by the writer and creator of the radio show).


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