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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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Series cast summary:
William Bendix ...  Chester A. Riley / ... 219 episodes, 1953-1958
Marjorie Reynolds ...  Peg Riley / ... 137 episodes, 1953-1958
Wesley Morgan Wesley Morgan ...  Junior Riley / ... 132 episodes, 1953-1958
Tom D'Andrea ...  Jim Gillis / ... 128 episodes, 1953-1958
Lugene Sanders ...  Babs Riley / ... 98 episodes, 1953-1957
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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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Lon Chaney, Jr played Riley on the Pilot See more »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: William Bendix (2) (1956) See more »

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It's A Wonderful Life for the Life of Reilly ****
20 September 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1953 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(212 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (4 episodes)| Black and White

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1.33 : 1
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