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Life of Riley, The (OTR 1944-1951)

Life of Riley, The (OTR 1944-1951)
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Product Code: OTR_LifeRile
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The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, was a popular American radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film and continued as a long-running television series during the 1950s, originally with Jackie Gleason playing Bendix's role. The show features a blundering Chester A. Riley, a wing riveter at the fictional Cunningham Aircraft plant in California. His frequent exclamation of indignation became one of the most famous catch phrases of the 1940s: "What a revoltin' development this is!"

The radio program aired from January 16, 1944 to June 29, 1951. The supporting cast featured John Brown, who portrayed not only undertaker Digger O'Dell but also Riley's co-worker Jim Gillis. Whereas Gillis gave Riley bad information that got him into trouble, Digger gave him good information that "helped him out of a hole," as he might have put it. Brown's lines as the undertaker were often repetitive, including puns based on his profession; but, thanks to Brown's delivery, the audience loved him. The series was co-developed by the non-performing Marx Brother, Gummo.

In several ways, Riley was a prototype for later blue-collar sitcom protagonists such as blustery, get-rich-quick schemer Ralph Kramden and his animated stone-age counterpart Fred Flintstone; blustery bigot Archie Bunker; benign, bighearted Dan Conner; and King of Queens Doug Heffernan. Bendix's Riley, especially, was perhaps too guileless to be the true prototype for this group, but for making blue-collar characters as operable on television as on radio or in film, Chester Riley earned his place in broadcasting history.

205 radio shows (in MP3 format) all on 1 data DVD!
(also available on 2 data CDs - select option at bottom before adding cart)



Numbers refer to production or broadcast dates (yymmdd) and series number when known:

  • 440116 - Riley Plans To Build A House
  • 440130 - The Butler pt2
  • 440409 - Best Dressed Man
  • 440430 - Baxter Goes To New York
  • 440924 - Making Each Other Jealous - War Bulletin
  • 441008 - Muleys Surprise Party For Riley
  • 441022 - Bosses Son In Law
  • 441029 - Haunted House
  • 441105 - Piano Lessons For Junior
  • 441112 - Big Football Bet
  • 441119 - Turkey Hunt
  • 441126 - Bridesmaid Babs
  • 441203 - Most Popular Boy
  • 441210 - Riley Goes To Night School
  • 441217 - Special Christmas Present
  • 441224 - Roswells A Guest For Christmas
  • 450107 - Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament
  • 450114 - The Wedding Anniversary
  • 450121 - Rileys Conscience Bothers Him
  • 450225 - The English Test
  • 450304 - Expectant Fathers
  • 450311 - Junior Runs Away
  • 450318 - Riley Tries To Become A Pal To Junior
  • 450325 - Missing Five Dollars
  • 450513 - Rileys MotherInLaw Visits
  • 450908 - Layoffs
  • 450915 - Feud With New Neighbor
  • 450922 - Junior Quits School
  • 451020 - Pegs Old Boyfriend Houseguest
  • 451124 - Babs And Simon Married
  • 451201 - BPLA Lodge Election
  • 451208 - Job Promotion Exam
  • 451215 - Grandmas Boyfriend Captain Riley
  • 460226 - School Play
  • 460309 - Rileys Musical Composition
  • 460316 - Riley Buys Insurance Policy
  • 460406 - Riley Finds Fur Coat
  • 460413 - Bread Shortage
  • 460420 - Giant Easter Bunny
  • 460427 - Gambling Doesnt Pay
  • 460504 - Rileys Take In The Gillises
  • 460511 - Junior Forgets Mothers Day
  • 460518 - Playing Hooky
  • 460525 - Junior Sells Peanuts At The Circus
  • 460601 - Riley And Babs Take Acting Lessons
  • 460608 - The Bread Shortage and the Black Market
  • 460615 - New Suit For Father
  • 460629 - Newspaper Subscription Contest
  • 460907 - Riley Is Promoted
  • 460914 - Pegs Job
  • 460921 - Riley Hides On Boat
  • 460928 - Riley Bribes Junior
  • 461005 - Good Neighbor Week
  • 461019 - Bus Company Lawsuit
  • 461026 - Job In South America
  • 461102 - The Park Supervisor
  • 461109 - Camping Trip
  • 461123 - Football Hero For The Nightclub
  • 461130 - Medical Advice From Horse Doctor
  • 461224 - Christmas
  • 461228 - New Years Show
  • 470111 - Efficiency Expert
  • 470118 - Riley Simon Business Partners
  • 470125 - Rileys Honeymoon
  • 470201 - Riley Switched At Birth
  • 470208 - Rileys Birthday Forgotten
  • 470315 - Simon Writes For The Newspaper
  • 470322 - Riley The Milkman
  • 470329 - New Chairman
  • 470405 - Riley The Childbeater
  • 470412 - Marriage Doubts
  • 470419 - Mystery Fight
  • 470426 - Waiter Blackmails Riley
  • 470503 - Launching Babs Into Society
  • 470510 - Mothers Day Speech
  • 470531 - Accident Insurance Policy
  • 470607 - Riley Courts Peg At Summer Camp
  • 470614 - Soapbox Derby
  • 470628 - Riley Gillis Spend A Week At The Lake
  • 470705 - Is Peg Leaving
  • 470906 - Riley Enrolls
  • 470913 - Babs Has Two Dates
  • 470920 - Junior Runs Away
  • 470927 - Venus With A Radio In Her Stomach
  • 471004 - Riley Thinks Hes Ge
  • 471011 - Riley the Police Officer
  • 471018 - Community Chest
  • 471025 - The Ragamuffin Ball
  • 471101 - Picking Football Tea
  • 471108 - 17th Anniversary
  • 471115 - Riley The Actor
  • 471122 - Win A Buick Contest
  • 471129 - Thanksiving With Gillis
  • 471206 - Greatest Man I Know
  • 471213 - Babs Is Blackballed
  • 471220 - First Christmas in Store Window
  • 471227 - The Special Christmas Gift
  • 480103 - Two Dates
  • 480110 - Womens Equal Rights
  • 480117 - Telephone Is Rationed
  • 480124 - Babs Quits School
  • 480131 - Uncle Baxter Moves I
  • 480207 - Father Son Banquet
  • 480214 - Riley Sends Peg A Comic Valentine
  • 480221 - Riley Lies About Goi
  • 480228 - Throwing Babs A Sweet 16 Birthday Bash
  • 480306 - Riley Punches His Foreman
  • 480313 - Picnic With Luicile Flashback
  • 480320 - Suggestion Contest
  • 480327 - Giant Easter Bunny Fertilizer
  • 480403 - Juvenile Delinquency
  • 480410 - Peg Studies French
  • 480417 - Drive
  • 480424 - Spring Fever
  • 480501 - Baseball Uniform
  • 480508 - Mothers Day Present Explained
  • 480515 - Riley Man Of Distinction
  • 480522 - Monohan Spends A Wee
  • 480529 - Riley Gillis Buy A Car
  • 480612 - Babs Graduation
  • 480619 - No Fathers Day Gift
  • 480626 - Vacation On Prison Farm
  • 480903 - Riley Meets Clem Kadiddlehopper
  • 480910 - The Household Drudge
  • 481008 - How To Pick A Mate
  • 481015 - Riley Campaigns
  • 481022 - Problem Child
  • 481029 - Riley Seeks Knowledge
  • 481105 - Comic Books
  • 481112 - Rileys Tonsilectomy
  • 481119 - Thanksgiving Flashback
  • 481126 - Babs Has An Old Boyfriend
  • 481203 - Buying Football Tickets
  • 481210 - Rileys Jilted Sister Visits
  • 481217 - Riley And Mrs Morris
  • 481224 - No Christmas Bonus
  • 490107 - Riley Coaches Juniors Team
  • 490114 - Riley Gets A Job In Arabia
  • 490121 - Bertha Rileys Old Flame
  • 490128 - Quiet Evening By The
  • 490204 - Riley Talks In His Sleep About Gertrude
  • 490211 - Did Babs Elope With
  • 490218 - A Valentines Day Locket From Monihan
  • 490304 - The Rileys Are Guests Of Universal
  • 490311 - The Wire Recorder
  • 490325 - Babs Runs In College
  • 490401 - Riley Wont Let Peg Help Junior
  • 490408 - Riley Is Held Up Gu
  • 490422 - Riley Breaks Pegs C
  • 490429 - Riley Is Fired
  • 490506 - Babs Leaves Home
  • 490513 - Riley Waits Tables T
  • 490520 - Junior Quits School
  • 490527 - Junior And Egbert Go Camping
  • 491014 - - The Geiger Counter
  • 491021 - The Policeman Boade
  • 491028 - Riley Buys A Television
  • 491104 - The Expectant Fathe
  • 491111 - Community Chest Drive
  • 491118 - - Sadie Hawkins Dance
  • 491202 - Riley The Bookie
  • 491209 - Babs And Stevenson
  • 491223 - Christmas Club
  • 491230 - Riley Drives Cab
  • 500127 - Junior Is In Love
  • 500217 - Riley Quits
  • 500303 - Riley becomes an actor on tv
  • 500324 - Rileys Sister Engag
  • 500407 - Miracle Of The Bells
  • 500428 - Riley Buys A Hamburger Stand
  • 500508 -
  • 500512 - Mothers Day
  • 501006 - Surprise Party
  • 501013 - Traffic Court
  • 501020 - Collection Agency
  • 501027 - Cake Baking Contest
  • 501103 - Babs Elopement
  • 501110 - New Car In Bean Bowl Contest
  • 501117 - Rileys First Date Flashback
  • 501124 - Riley Locks Babs Up
  • 501201 - Troubles With New Foreman
  • 501208 - The Riley Lawnmowing Company
  • 501215 - Peg Goes To Work
  • 501222 - Baby Babs Is Allergic To Riley
  • 510105 - Pegs Father Visits
  • 510112 - Anniversary Tiff
  • 510119 - Riley The Scoutmaste
  • 510126 - Engaged To Two Women
  • 510202 - Babs Blackballed By
  • 510209 - Charleston Dance Lessons With Lo
  • 510216 - Rileys Case of Nerves
  • 510223 - Riley Has Tonsilitis
  • 510302 - Louella Is A House G
  • 510316 - Riley Installs A Tim
  • 510323 - Basketball Game Brib
  • 510330 - Riley The Rent Collector
  • 510406 - Old Man Riley
  • 510413 - Civil Service Exam Riley Contem
  • 510420 - Riley And Louella A Kiss In The
  • 510427 - Babs Wants Privacy Moves Out
  • 510511 - Black Chiffon Nightgown
  • 510518 - Junior Wins Soapbox Derby
  • 510601 - Riley And The Ballet
  • Leaking Roof
  • Sister Engaged To A Gambler
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