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The Life of Riley

pilot episode

USA 1948
produced by
Filmtone Productions
directed by Irving Brecher
starring Lon Chaney jr, Rosemary DeCamp, John Brown, Lanny Rees, Barbara Logan
written by Irving Brecher

TV-show
Life of Riley

review by
Mike Haberfelner


Working class dad Riley (Lon Chaney jr) finds a five Dollar note missing from the cream jar he has put it into, and after questioning his wife Peg (Rosemary DeCamp) and daughter Barb (Barbara Logan), he somehow comes to the hasty conclusion that his son Junior (Lanny Rees) must have taken it, and wants to punish him without letting him even state his case. But without giving away too much, things of course take a turn that makes Riley look slightly stupid before the end ...

 

Even if it doesn't hold too many surprises and gives away things way too soon, this is actually a fun early sitcom, thanks to decent writing and also to a powerful central performance by Lon Chaney jr - given, at times he overacts, but somehow that fits the role quite nicely, and overall he comes across as a very likeable loser.

Of course, when Life of Riley was actually extended into a series, he was replaced by Jackie Gleason (and Barbara Logan by Gloria Winters for that matter).

 

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