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The Life of Riley (1949)

 -  Comedy  -  29 May 1950 (Denmark)
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A factory worker's family is thrown into an uproar when his teenage daughter starts to date his boss' son.

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Bill Goodwin ...
Sidney Monahan
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Miss Martha Bogle
Meg Randall ...
Barbara 'Babs' Riley
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Jeff Taylor
Lanny Rees ...
Junior Riley
Mark Daniels ...
Burt Stevenson
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Norman
John Brown ...
Digby 'Digger' ODell
Victoria Horne ...
Lucy Monahan
William E. Green ...
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A factory worker's family is thrown into an uproar when his teenage daughter starts to date his boss' son.

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I'M IN FAVOR OF THE OPPOSITE SEX - THAT'S WHY I MARRIED ONE OF 'EM (original ad - all caps) See more »

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29 May 1950 (Denmark)  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 8, 1950 with William Bendix, Rosemary DeCamp, 'Meg Randall', John Brown and Richard Long reprising their film roles. See more »

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A signature role for William Bendix
8 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Too often Bendix was cast as a mental case who enjoyed smashing skulls, or his roles would take his gentle giant exterior to the extreme and he would be cast as an overgrown child as in "The Babe Ruth Story". This is the way I like to remember William Bendix - playing a family man doing the best he can in a world that tends to be a bit too much for him, with children that tend to be a bit too much for him too.

The plot here has to do with aircraft worker Riley's daughter preparing for her marriage to the son of Riley's boss. Neither loves the other. However, the son owes some gambling debts to some fellows that either want to start breaking big bills or the young man's legs. If the young man gets married he gets part of his inheritance and can pay off his debts. What's in it for Riley's daughter? The industrialist's son has told the girl that Riley is about to lose his job, but that his job would be safe if she married the boss' son. The girl therefore agrees to a marriage in name only to save dad's job.

I will tell you only this about how the plot works out. None of Riley's family has any idea that there is anything the least bit amiss in this situation until Riley sees the train tickets for the soon-to-be-married couple and discovers that his daughter and son-in-law will be honeymooning in separate compartments on the train. Riley's reaction - "Wow, when her mom and I got married all we could afford was one berth!" - and then it hits him that this lack of togetherness on one's wedding night is a sign of something more than an excess of cash on hand.

This film is a great slice of life of the new post-war American middle class of the 40's and 50's. Catch it if you can.


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