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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
Several years before Jackie Gleason made the first great television sit-com, he starred as everyman Chester Riley in this very early television series. You don't have the explosive Ralph Cramden here, or one of the bizarre characters he did on television during the 1950's. His Chester Riley is something of a straight man. Gleason of course, is younger here (He's in his early 30's) and only has a slight weight problem. Still, he's a charming presence, worth catching on TV re-runs.
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