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Life of Riley  Starring Jackie Gleason Original run network print of The Life of Riley (1949). Episode #21 "Home Sweet Home" Starring Jackie Gleason. Opening, sponsor promos with Harry Von Zell and ending credits. Contains original Pabst Blue Ribbon opening theme. Although this episode was actually filmed in 1949, it didn't air until February 21, 1950.
Tags: Life    of    Riley    1949    Jackie    Gleason     
Added: 7th April 2009
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Posted By: Old Fart
Posted by: Naomi on 2009-04-08 
What a great oldie. I remember seeing William Bendix in the role of Riley. I wonder how long Gleason had the role? And the commercial, what was that, something like 30 seconds?? One can only wish for that now.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2009-04-09 
I did this one time where I timed a TV show only to stop for commercials. In the end the show ran for 24 minutes with six minutes for commercials.
Posted by: TheSaint on 2009-04-09 
Regarding Jackie Gleason - does anyone remember him on the NFL Today in the late 1960s?

I faintly remember them asking him Jimmy The Greek-type questions about upcoming games. They even mentioned an occassional point-spread or two.

Also can anyone dig up yhe orignal NFL Today theme song? I am looking also.
Posted by: Nanook on 2009-08-23 
The story about The Life of Riley goes like this: William Bendix created the role on radio in 1943, but when the time came for the TV series (October, 1949), Bendix had previous film commitments, so the role ended up going to Jackie Gleason - his first role on TV. However Gleason never clicked with viewers and the series was canceled after just one season.

Three years later, in January, 1953, the series returned with William Bendix reprising the role he played on radio, along with a new supporting cast. This time, the show lasted until August, 1958.
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