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Release Date:
2 January 1953 (USA) See more »
Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but viewers usually saw him at home, cheerfully disrupting... See more »
Writer Baer Dies
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William Bendix ... Chester A. Riley (217 episodes, 1953-1958)

Series Directed by
Abby Berlin (32 episodes, 1953-1957)
Jean Yarbrough (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Writing credits
Dick Conway (32 episodes, 1953-1958)
Roland MacLane (31 episodes, 1953-1958)
Harry Clork (22 episodes, 1953-1957)
Burt Styler (6 episodes, 1956-1957)
Albert E. Lewin (3 episodes, 1956-1957)

Richard Baer (unknown episodes)
Groucho Marx (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Tom McKnight .... producer (45 episodes, 1953-1958)
Bill Tinsman .... associate producer (13 episodes, 1953-1958)
Sid Dorfman .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1955)
Series Original Music by
Jerry Fielding (9 episodes, 1953-1957)
Al Goodman (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Cinematography by
Lucien N. Andriot (41 episodes, 1953-1958)
Series Film Editing by
Frank Baldridge (24 episodes, 1953-1957)
Edward W. Williams (6 episodes, 1953-1954)
Bruce B. Pierce (5 episodes, 1953-1958)
Roy V. Livingston (5 episodes, 1957)
Series Casting by
Pat Harris (13 episodes, 1953-1958)

Ruth Burch (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
McClure Capps (1 episode, 1955)
Series Art Direction by
McClure Capps (20 episodes, 1953-1957)
Arthur Lonergan (12 episodes, 1953-1958)
Eugène Lourié (4 episodes, 1953-1954)
Charles F. Pyke (3 episodes, 1954-1956)
Nicolai Remisoff (2 episodes, 1956)
Series Set Decoration by
Raymond Boltz Jr. (8 episodes, 1953-1957)
Rudy Butler (5 episodes, 1954-1956)
Alfred Kegerris (4 episodes, 1957-1958)
John MacNeil (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
Charles S. Thompson (2 episodes, 1955)
Series Production Management
Sidney S. Van Keuren .... production supervisor (26 episodes, 1953-1957)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Volkman .... assistant director (19 episodes, 1953-1957)
Al Westen .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1957-1958)
A.F. Erickson .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
Nate D. Slott .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1956)
Robert H. Justman .... assistant director (1 episode, 1953)
Series Sound Department
Elmer Raguse .... sound (21 episodes, 1953-1957)
Robert Roderick .... sound (12 episodes, 1953-1958)
Lloyd D. Wiler .... sound (11 episodes, 1956-1958)
Joel Moss .... sound (7 episodes, 1954-1956)
William Russell .... sound (5 episodes, 1954-1956)

Jim Bullock .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Bob Overbeck .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Jack R. Glass .... photographic effects (25 episodes, 1953-1957)
Series Stunts
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (1 episode, 1957)
Series Animation Department
T. Hee .... background artist: opening titles (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
30 min (212 episodes)
Color (4 episodes) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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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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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
It's A Wonderful Life for the Life of Reilly ****, 20 September 2007
Author: edwagreen from United States

William Bendix and Marjorie Reynolds provided the right chemistry for the television comedy hit, "The Life of Reilly."

Bendix was sort of an Archie Bunker without the bigotry in this show. Marjorie Reynolds,who left motion pictures, to pursue this show, was the perfect foil for Riley's trials and tribulations. Their wonderful children Babs and Junior always figured well in the various plots. The goal of the show was to show that you just can't win.

What perfect casting for the next door neighbors Jim and Honeybee. Tom D'Andrea and Joan Blondell's sister, Gloria, fit the bill perfectly. James Gleason would sometimes appear as Riley's cantankerous but yet good natured dad.

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