|THE LIFE OF RILEY
|The Life of Riley radio program was first broadcast on July 25, 1943.
This was an 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 (The
National Broadcasting Company). 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
|THE LIFE OF RILEY: SPONSORED BY AMERICAN MEAT INST.
|THE LIFE OF RILEY: SPONSORED BY TEEL DENTIFRICE
|THE LIFE OF RILEY: SPONSORED BY DREFT AND PRELL SHAMPOO
|LIFE OF RILEY: SPONSORED BY PABST BLUE RIBBON BEER