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Release Date:
4 October 1949 (USA) See more »
Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting... See more »
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Won Primetime Emmy. See more »
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Jackie Gleason: younger, calmer, stream-lined. See more (5 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 14)

Jackie Gleason ... 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)

Series Directed by
Herbert I. Leeds (24 episodes, 1949-1950)
Leslie Goodwins (2 episodes, 1950)
Series Writing credits
Irving Brecher (26 episodes, 1949-1950)
Alan Lipscott (26 episodes, 1949-1950)
Reuben Ship (26 episodes, 1949-1950)
Ashmead Scott (2 episodes, 1949)

Series Produced by
Irving Brecher .... producer (26 episodes, 1949-1950)
Series Cinematography by
Alfred S. Keller (13 episodes, 1949-1950)
Lucien N. Andriot (11 episodes, 1950)
Series Art Direction by
Frank Tipper (18 episodes, 1949-1950)
John DeCuir (8 episodes, 1949-1950)
Series Makeup Department
Phillip Scheer .... makeup artist (18 episodes, 1949-1950)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director (26 episodes, 1949-1950)
Series Art Department
Frank Tipper .... commercial art director (7 episodes, 1949)
Series Sound Department
Ferenz H. Fodor .... sound (26 episodes, 1949-1950)
Elden Ruberg .... sound (18 episodes, 1949-1950)
Series Animation Department
Frank Tipper .... animator (1 episode, 1950)
Series Editorial Department
W. Donn Hayes .... supervising film editor / supervising editor (26 episodes, 1949-1950)
Series Other crew
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director (1 episode, 1950)

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30 min (26 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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The Life of Riley was the very first sitcom to ever win an Emmy Award. The other two nominees that it beat were, "The Silver Theatre" (1949) and "The Lone Ranger" (1949).See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Jackie Gleason: younger, calmer, stream-lined., 26 November 2001
Author: Glenn Andreiev ( from Huntington, NY

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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