From Brooklyn to Inglewood, here comes radio's favorite blue-collar family man -- leaving a trail of confusion wherever he goes! Chester A. Riley is back, with long-suffering wife Peg, trouble-prone kids Junior and Babs, moochy pal Gillis, and Digger O'Dell, The Friendly Undertaker in sixteen hilarious half-hour episodes.
William Bendix is heard as Riley, along with co-stars Paula Winslowe, John Brown, Tommy Cook, and Barbara Eiler - plus series creator Irving Brecher, and special guest Red Skelton!
This 8-CD collection includes a rare episode, a highly unusual bonus track, and a Program Guide by radio historian Karl Schadow.
Episodes Include: Father's Day - Bathrobes 06-19-48; Vacation - Prison Farm 06-26-48; Riley Meets Clem Kadiddlehopper 09-03-48; Household Drudge 09-10-48; Babs Starts To College 09-24-48; Junior Steals Fountain Pen 10-01-48; How To Pick A Mate 10-08-48; The Problem Child 10-15-48; Election Flashback - Riley Campaigns 10-22-48; Riley and The Aardvark 10-29-48; Riley's Tonsillectomy 11-12-48; Thanksgiving Flashback - Father-In-Law Trouble 11-19-48; Bab's Elderly Boy Friend 11-26-48; Notre Dame Football Tickets For Stevenson 12-03-48; Riley's Sister 12-10-48; Riley and Mrs. Morris 12-17-48. Bonus: Digby O'Dell Speech 10-02-47
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I like to describe THE LIFE OF RILEY as "radio's comfort food." It's nothing fancy, but there's nothing more satisfying then spending a half-hour with William Bendix who, as Chester A. Riley, was the yardstick for all the doltish dads that populated the history of situation comedy. The star of RILEY, of course, was actor John Brown; his portrayal of somber undertaker Digby "Digger" O'Dell made the mortician one of radio's most memorable characters...not to mention adding a necessary touch of macabre humor to add perfect seasoning to the goulash that is LIFE OF RILEY. You can't go wrong with any of Radio Spirits' many RILEY compendiums (but this set features one of radio's funniest half-hours with a guest star in Red Skelton).