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The Life of Riley 

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 »
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1950   1949  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Jackie Gleason ...  Chester A. Riley / ... 26 episodes, 1949-1950
Rosemary DeCamp ...  Peg Riley / ... 26 episodes, 1949-1950
Lanny Rees Lanny Rees ...  Junior Riley / ... 22 episodes, 1949-1950
Sid Tomack Sid Tomack ...  Jim Gillis / ... 22 episodes, 1949-1950
Gloria Winters ...  Babs Riley / ... 20 episodes, 1949-1950
John Brown John Brown ...  Digger O'Dell / ... 11 episodes, 1949-1950
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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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USA

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English

Release Date:

4 October 1949 (USA) See more »

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Filmtone Productions See more »
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(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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William Bendix was originally supposed to play Chester Riley, reprising his role from the radio series. But because Bendix was committed to the film The Life of Riley (1949) he was unable to star in the series. He later starred in the revived series The Life of Riley (1953). See more »

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Followed by The Life of Riley (1953) See more »

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The wrong mix at the wrong time
13 January 2006 | by michaelcarraherSee all my reviews

The show worked but not with Gleason. It had been very successful on radio with William Bendix and later came back to TV successfully with Bendix (one of the only times a cancelled show was recast and brought back for a second chance).

Gleason came back, too. Once again playing a Blue Collar everyman from Brooklyn but the second time lightning stuck in The Honeymooners.

But Reilly and Gleason together was a losing formula. Gleason was subdued and not funny. He could have played Reilly. He should have been able to. My guess was bad directing (by the writer and creator of the radio show).


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