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The Life of Riley (1949)

A factory worker's family is thrown into an uproar when his teenage daughter starts to date his boss' son.

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Sidney Monahan
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Miss Martha Bogle
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Barbara 'Babs' Riley
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Digby 'Digger' ODell
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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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3 July 1949 (USA)  »

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Rosemary DeCamp (as "Peg Riley"), Lanny Rees (as "Junior Riley") and John Brown (as "Digger O'Dell, the Friendly Undertaker") all reprised their movie roles in the original The Life of Riley (1949) TV series. See more »

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Referenced in The Screen Writer (1950) See more »

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Thrice Told Tale
27 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OUR ORIGINAL ENCOUNTER with THE LIFE OF RILEY was as an early to mid 1950's television series, and a very popular one at that. This was, in fact, our first experience with the on screen acting career of William Bendix. Naturally, the first is usually the most vivid and it wasn't until some time later that we realized that he had such an extensive resume in dramatic roles.

BEING BORN INTO that post World War II "Boomer" Generation, we knew nothing of RILEY having been a popular comedy on the radio. And to round out the spectrum, we've now seen this 1949 Universal feature film.

THE MOVIE WAS drawn from the radio show as the video, small screen version hadn't become a reality until that year and featured Jackie Gleason in the title role (that season only); due to contractual obligations of Mr.Bendix.

AS IS THE case with many adaptations from one medium to the screen, the very nature of single film creates a need for a major crisis or relatively earth-shaking event. This provides a beginning, middle and an end for the story. With a series, the operating word is episodic as the story of one week will be followed by another and another story which is unrelated to hat which went before; save for the continuity which is provided by the regular characters.

IN SUMMARY, WE much preferred Tom D'Andrea's interpretation of Gillis on television to that of James Gleason in the motion picture feature.

(THERE SCHULTZ, THAT should nail it for our reading public!)


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