Classic TV: The 40s : Life of Riley starring Lon Chaney Jr.

Life of Riley starring Lon Chaney Jr.

About 25 years ago, I owned a 16mm print, of a 1948 unsold pilot, for "Life of Riley", which starred Lon Chaney Jr., in the title role. This must have been, before Gleason, when they were looking, for someone to replace the radio Bendix, for TV. It ran a full half hour, and had beer commercials, in it, so it must have been run, on TV, at one time. Poor Chaney seemed so out of place, and he always looked like he was about to strangle the kids.

Re: Life of Riley starring Lon Chaney Jr.

Never liked the Gleason version of "The Life of Riley". Poor series, maybe not as bad as some of the WW2-themed documentaries of the era, but not good at all. Sitcoms were among the weakest aspects of 1940s TV....the variety series and anthology series were far better by comparison.

Lon Chaney Jr. pilot, I imagine, suffered from the same problem as the Gleason version: bad, weak writing.


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Re: Life of Riley starring Lon Chaney Jr.

That is cool I had no idea he did that .
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