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

Director:

Writers:

, (story)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Kettles and their fifteen children are about to be evicted from their rundown rustic home when Pa wins the grand prize by coming up with a new tobacco slogan. Birdie Hicks is jealous of... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

After two sailors are conned into buying a lame race-horse, they go ashore to sort out the problem, but when they realize that the horse is one of a pair of identical twins, their plan for revenge becomes more complicated.

Director: Chester Erskine
Stars: Groucho Marx, Marie Wilson, William Bendix
Coquette (1929)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A flirtatious southern belle is compromised with one of her beaus.

Director: Sam Taylor
Stars: Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore
Bad Company (1972)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A god-fearing Ohio boy dodging the Civil War draft arrives in Jefferson City where he joins up with a hardscrabble group of like runaways heading west.

Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Barry Brown, Jim Davis
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When he learns that a gangster has taken over his nightclub and murdered his partner, returning WW2 hero Joe Miracle steals the money from the club's safe and hides in a settlement home, while the mob is on his tail.

Directors: Gordon Douglas, Henry Levin
Stars: Glenn Ford, Evelyn Keyes, John Ireland
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Glamour artist Bob Randolph is world famous for his paintings of a stunning beauty dubbed "The Randolph Girl". What the world doesn't know is that his pin-up creation is really a composite ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Godfrey
Stars: Ronald Reagan, Virginia Mayo, Eddie Bracken
The Life of Riley (1953–1958)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

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 »

Stars: William Bendix, Marjorie Reynolds, Wesley Morgan
The Life of Riley (1949–1950)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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 »

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Rosemary DeCamp, Lanny Rees
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A singing couple gets their own television show, and the strains of putting on a TV show every week starts to jeopardize their relationship.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Robert Alda, Janis Paige, James Gleason
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Carl Brown and Annie McGairy are in love. Their Irish immigrant parents knew each other in the old country - and Carl's parents want better for their son than Annie, who was raised in the ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Segal
Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Yvette Mimieux, Arthur Kennedy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Lem Schofield practices law in a formerly small-town that has grown to be an industrialized big city, He bases his ideals on the examples set by Abraham Lincoln and never waivers in them ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Santell
Stars: Bob Burns, Susan Hayward, Joseph Allen
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

When Betty's father sees the condescending attitude displayed toward her by a rich family, he decides to get back at them by making them believe that his family has "royal" connections.

Director: Gus Meins
Stars: James Gleason, Lucile Gleason, Russell Gleason
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Rosemary DeCamp ...
...
Gillis
Bill Goodwin ...
Sidney Monahan
...
Miss Martha Bogle
Meg Randall ...
Barbara 'Babs' Riley
...
Jeff Taylor
Lanny Rees ...
Junior Riley
Mark Daniels ...
Burt Stevenson
...
Norman
John Brown ...
Digby 'Digger' ODell
Victoria Horne ...
Lucy Monahan
William E. Green ...
Carl Stevenson
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

William Bendix - Hollywood's Magnificent Mug - STARRING IN "The Life of Riley" See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 May 1950 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Ei meitä huolet paina  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Screen Writer (1950) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Good adaption of the radio series.
17 January 2004 | by (Willoughby, OH, USA) – See all my reviews

By 1949 radio was beginning to give way to television. The golden age of radio was reaching an end. THE LIFE OF RILEY (TLoR)had been on the radio for most of the 1940's and had quite a fan base. In 1953 William Bendix would take his radio show character Riley to television. However in 1949 fans were treated to a movie version of the show.

In typical TLoR fashion Chester Riley (William Bendix)spent most of the show confused as to what was going on around him. Basic elements of the show were present. Riley still worked in an aircraft plant, Riley was busy trying to control Babs dating life and Peg, his wife, showed everyone who really wore the pants in the house. Riley was still the "everyman" struggling to make ends meet and get ahead.

Somethings I didn't care for were the actors who portrayed Riley's children Babs and Junior. They were a far cry from their radio counterparts. Junior was so underused his character was more of a cameo. Gillis, Riley's neighbor, co-worker and friend from Brooklyn, seemed old enough to be Riley's father instead of his contemporary. Allan Reed, the future voice of Fred Flintstone, was in practically every episode of the radio show and often played Riley's boss Mr. Stevenson. It would have been nice if he had been in the movie as the Boss.

Somethings I did care for. The Riley's house was pretty much the way I imagined it to be. John Brown carried on his role as Digger O'Dell the friendly undertaker. The plot stuck close to the radio program.

Lastly, I think it is hard for a radio show to transition to film. The beauty of radio is that every persons imagination will portray what is heard on the radio in their own way. No film or television show can please everyone. Considering what TLoR was up against the end result was not too bad. It's a good view. Any fan of the radio program would enjoy it.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Life of Riley (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?