William Bendix as Chester A. Riley
Genre | Situation comedy
Running time | 30 minutes
Country of origin | United States
Language(s) | English
Syndicates | ABC
TV adaptations | The Life of Riley
Starring | William Bendix
The radio program originally starred Jackie Gleason as Riley for one truncated season , then William Bendix for six seasons. The radio show ran from January 16, 1944, to June 29th, 1951,,
The show featured a blundering husband and dad named Chester Riley, a wing riveter at the fictional Cunningham Aircraft plant in California. His frequent exclamation of indignation—”What a revoltin’ development this is!”—became one of the most famous catchphrases of the 1940s.
Riley was constantly getting into trouble but always redeeming himself at the end, and the stories are just as fun today as they were in the forties and fifties.
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The series was co-developed by the nonperforming Marx Brother turned agent Gummo. The American Meat Institute (1944–45), Procter & Gamble (Teel dentifrice and Prell shampoo) (1945–49), and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer (1949–51) took turns as the radio program’s sponsor.