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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 Chester A. Riley / ... 26 episodes, 1949-1950
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 Peg Riley / ... 26 episodes, 1949-1950
Lanny Rees ...
 Junior Riley / ... 22 episodes, 1949-1950
Sid Tomack ...
 Jim Gillis / ... 22 episodes, 1949-1950
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 Babs Riley / ... 20 episodes, 1949-1950
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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The series was canceled after 26 episodes because the show's sponsor, Pabst Beer, decided to put more money into Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts (1948) instead of continuing to sponsor this series for a full 39 episode season. Pabst offered producer Irving Brecher a six-episode renewal but he turned it down. See more »

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Jackie Gleason: younger, calmer, stream-lined.
26 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Several years before Jackie Gleason made the first great television sit-com, he starred as everyman Chester Riley in this very early television series. You don't have the explosive Ralph Cramden here, or one of the bizarre characters he did on television during the 1950's. His Chester Riley is something of a straight man. Gleason of course, is younger here (He's in his early 30's) and only has a slight weight problem. Still, he's a charming presence, worth catching on TV re-runs.


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