The Life of Riley (1953–1958)

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The Life of Riley (1949–1950)
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 Chester A. Riley / ... (217 episodes, 1953-1958)
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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 Anonymous

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The Life of Riley started as a radio program starring William Bendix on the Blue Network (ABC) from January 16, 1944 to June 8, 1945 later moving to NBC from September 8, 1945 to June 29, 1951. See more »

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Timeless & very entertaining family sitcom
27 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have watched the episodes I've got on my DVDs, over & over again & find them to deliver in entertaining the viewer. William Bendix was a comic genius & left us a legacy of 212 wonderful episodes and first-rate performances of his immortal character, Chester A. Riley, in The Life of Riley series, which I never tire of watching.

Gloria Blondell & Tom D'Andrea as Honeybee & Jim Gillis are excellent supporting characters, as well as the character of Waldo Binney, who add their talents to this outstanding sitcom.

I've obtained all my DVDs from various eBay vendors, but have found retail offerings to be highly obscure. It's a shame a classic like this is sitting on a shelf someplace, & not getting the exposure it deserves. It would be done great justice to get an official DVD release, season by season, & in chronological order. William Bendix's Riley deserves to shine amongst the best of 'em, he's a jewel & I'll continue enjoying my DVDs & listening to him on his old radio series, The Life of Riley, as well.

Go to TVShowsOnDVD.com, & cast your vote.


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