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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1947!
On July 25, 1943, the Life of Riley premiered on ABC. By 1947, it was a popular mainstay in most living rooms. Though it moved into the television arena in 1949, the show remained on the radio with a great following until its final radio episode aired on June 29, 1951.

Main Characters:

  • Chester A. Riley played by William Bendix

Show Concept:

  • Riley worked in an aircraft plant in California, but the show focused on him at home, cheerfully disrupting life with his malapropisms and ill timed intervention into minor problems. His stock answer to every turn of fate became a catch phrase: "What a revoltin' development this is!"

Hosts or Guests:

  • Ken Niles, announcer (1943-1949)

Writers or Producers:

  • unknown


  • American Meat Institute (1943-1944)
  • Teel Dentafrice (1945-1946)
  • Dreft (1947)
  • Prell Shampoo (1947-1949)
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer (1949)

Networks or stations:

  • ABC (1943-1944)
  • NBC (1945-1949)

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered on July 25, 1943
  • Final episode on June 29, 1951
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