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The Life of Riley

The Life of Riley

The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, is a popular American radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film, a long-run 1950s television series, and a 1958 comic book. The show began as a proposed Groucho Marx radio series, The Flotsam Family, but the sponsor balked at what would have been essentially a straight head-of-household role for the comedian. Then creator and producer Irving Brecher saw Bendix as taxicab company owner Tim McGuerin in Hal Roach's The McGuerins from Brooklyn. Brecher stated, "He was a Brooklyn guy and there was something about him. I thought, This guy could play it. He'd made a few films, like ... more on Wikipedia

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#17 of 28 People who voted for The Life of Riley... are 10x more likely to vote for The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on this list are 6x more likely to vote for The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet on this list The Best Sitcoms from the 1950s 11.2k VOTES In the 1950s, television was still in its infancy. People in the television business were still learning how to best create ...