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The Life of Riley (1949)

A factory worker's family is thrown into an uproar when his teenage daughter starts to date his boss' son.

Director:

Irving Brecher

Writers:

Irving Brecher, Groucho Marx (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Bendix ... Chester A. Riley
Rosemary DeCamp ... Peg Riley
James Gleason ... Gillis
Bill Goodwin ... Sidney Monahan
Beulah Bondi ... Miss Martha Bogle
Meg Randall ... Barbara 'Babs' Riley
Richard Long ... Jeff Taylor
Lanny Rees Lanny Rees ... Junior Riley
Mark Daniels ... Burt Stevenson
Ted de Corsia ... Norman
John Brown John Brown ... Digby 'Digger' ODell
Victoria Horne ... Lucy Monahan
William E. Green William E. Green ... Carl Stevenson
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A factory worker's family is thrown into an uproar when his teenage daughter starts to date his boss' son.

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William Bendix - Hollywood's Magnificent Mug - STARRING IN "The Life of Riley" See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ei meitä huolet paina See more »

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Brecher Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 8, 1950 with William Bendix, Rosemary DeCamp, Meg Randall, John Brown and Richard Long reprising their film roles. See more »

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Referenced in The Screen Writer (1950) See more »

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"What A Revoltin' Development This Is"
24 November 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After several years on radio where instead of being a fine character player William Bendix was a star, the Life Of Riley made it to the big screen. The film is a far cry from Chester A. Riley's catch phrase of 'what a revoltin' development this is'. The characters that America loved on radio came to life on the big screen.

Bendix was so popular as the working class Riley who if at times was a bit thick dearly loved his family and they him and he strove always to get ahead. Like with so many it was shoveling against the tide, but working class America loved Chester A. Riley from Brooklyn and his transplanted family in southern California.

Where Riley worked on the assembly line at an aircraft factory where Mark Daniels the boss's son is giving competition to boy next door Richard Long for the hand of Babs Riley played by Meg Randall. Daniels has his own reason for wanting to get married and it ain't necessarily love.

Bendix is having some problems of his own. Visiting from out of town is Bill Goodwin the glad handing, fast talking guy Rosemary DeCamp almost married. Bendix feels so intimidated that he feels he has to put on a big front for Goodwin to show how successful he is. When he takes them to dinner at a French restaurant note how snooty the waiter is and also note those 1949 prices. Enough to make you cry.

The film is an extended version of the half hour radio, later television drama. That's no criticism I still wish ME TV or the TV Land channel would run those Life Of Riley comedies which I remember so well as a lad.

Chester A. Riley, working class hero, we salute you.


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