THE LIFE OF RILEY
The Life of Riley radio program was first broadcast on July 25, 1943.
This was the audition show.  The comedy program began on the Blue
Network (which later became ABC). This version of
The Life of Riley
was sponsored by The American Meat Institute. William Bendix
played Chester A. Riley. Paula Winslow played Peg, Chester's wife.
Their children were played by Scotty Becket, Tommy Cook, Bobby
Ellis (1950-51), Barbara Eiler (beginning in 1947), and Sharon
Douglas. The announcer was Ken Niles.

On September 8, 1945,
The Life of Riley switched to NBC . It also had
a new sponsor, Proctor & Gamble's Teel Dentifrice. However, the
cast remained mostly the same. John Brown continued to play both
Digger O'Dell ("The Friendly Undertaker") and Jim Gillis (Chester
Riley's Co-Worker).

The product, Dreft, began sponsoring
The Life of Riley on 1/11/1947.  
This was the third season the program had been on the air. On
9/6/1947, Proctor and Gamble's product, Prell Shampoo began
sponsoring
The Life of Riley.

On 10/7/1949, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer became the final sponsor for
The Life of Riley. Also, in 1949, a movie version of The Life of Riley
was released. William Bendix starred in the movie as Chester A.
Riley. In addition, a TV version of
The Life of Riley began in 1949. In
1950,
Lux Radio Theatre did an adaptation of the Life of Riley film.

The radio program,
The Life of Riley, ended its 8 season run on June
29, 1951.
The Life of Riley was a true situation comedy. For example,
it was character driven and extremely well written. As a result, this
program is one of the finest Old Time Radio comedies you will hear.

After all,
The Life of Riley radio program spawned a movie and two
different TV shows. That's a testament to the program's popularity
and quality.
THE LIFE OF RILEY: SPONSORED BY AMERICAN MEAT INST.
  • Life of Riley
  • Broadcast: 12/3/1944
  • Life of Riley
  • Broadcast: 1/21/1945
THE LIFE OF RILEY:       SPONSORED BY TEEL DENTIFRICE
  • Life of Riley
  • Lay Offs
  • Broadcast: 9/8/1945
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  • Pegs Job
  • Broadcast: 9/14/1946
  • Life of Riley
  • New Year's Eve, Dates for Babs
  • Broadcast: 12/28/1946
THE LIFE OF RILEY:   SPONSORED BY DREFT AND PRELL SHAMPOO
  • Life of Riley
  • Riley thinks Peg is Leaving
  • Broadcast: 7/5/1947
  • Life of Riley
  • Drive
  • Broadcast: 4/17/1948
LIFE OF RILEY:  SPONSORED BY PABST BLUE RIBBON BEER
  • Life of Riley
  • The Geiger Counter
  • Broadcast: 10/14/1949
  • The Policeman Boarder
  • Broadcast: 10/21/1949
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  • TV Set on Trial
  • Broadcast: 10/28/1949
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  • The Expectant Father
  • Broadcast: 11/4/1949
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  • Escort Bureau
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  • Riley the Bookie
  • Broadcast: 12/2/1949
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  • Bab's and the Nephew
  • Broadcast: 12/9/1949
  • Life of Riley
  • Broadcast: 12/30/1949
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  • Junior in Love
  • Broadcast: 1/27/1950
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  • Riley Quits
  • Broadcast: 2/17/1950
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  • Riley TV Actor
  • Broadcast: 3/3/1950
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  • Surprise Party
  • Broadcast: 10/6/1950
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  • Peg's Father Visits
  • Broadcast: 1/5/1951
  • Riley, Scoutmaster
  • Broadcast: 1/19/1951
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  • Civil Service Test
  • Broadcast: 4/13/1951
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  • Soapbox Derby
  • Broadcast: 5/18/1951
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  • Riley's Sister Engaged
  • Broadcast: 3/24/1950
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  • Miracle of the Bells
  • Broadcast: 4/7/1950
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  • Riley Buys Hamburger
  • Broadcast: 4/28/1950
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  • Riley Decides to Move
  • Broadcast: 5/5/1950
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  • Mother's Day
  • Broadcast: 5/12/1950
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  • Traffic Court
  • Broadcast: 10/13/1950
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  • Collection Agency
  • Broadcast: 10/20/1950
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  • Cake Baking Contest
  • Broadcast: 10/27/1950
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  • Bab's Elopement
  • Broadcast: 11/3/1950
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  • New Car in Bean Bowl
  • Broadcast: 11/10/1950
  • Riley's First Date
  • Broadcast: 11/17/1950
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  • Riley Locks Babs Up
  • Broadcast: 11/24/1950
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  • Trouble with Foreman
  • Broadcast: 12/1/1950
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  • Lawnmower Company
  • Broadcast: 12/8/1950
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  • Peg Goes to Work
  • Broadcast: 12/15/1950
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  • Baby Babs Allergic
  • Broadcast: 12/22/1950
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  • Anniversary Tiff
  • Broadcast: 1/12/1951
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  • Engaged to Two Women
  • Broadcast: 1/26/1951
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  • Charleston Dance Lessons
  • Broadcast: 2/9/1951
  • Babs Blackballed
  • Broadcast: 2/2/1951
  • Riley's Case of Nerves
  • Broadcast: 2/16/1951
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  • Riley has Tonsillitis
  • Broadcast: 2/23/1951
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  • Louella, House Guest
  • Broadcast: 3/2/1951
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  • Riley installs Time Clock
  • Broadcast: 3/16/1951
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  • Basketball Game Bribe
  • Broadcast: 3/23/1951
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  • Riley, the Rent Collector
  • Broadcast: 3/30/1951
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  • Old Man Riley
  • Broadcast: 4/6/1951
  • Life of Riley
  • Kiss in the Dark
  • Broadcast: 4/20/1951
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  • Babs Moves Out
  • Broadcast: 4/27/1951
  • Life of Riley
  • Black Nightgown
  • Broadcast: 5/11/1951
  • Lux Radio Theatre
  • The Life of Riley (Movie Adaptation)
  • Broadcast: 5/8/1950