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Jackie Gleason in the 1949 Life of Riley TV show

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    thegroovyguru

    [1]Aug 13, 2007
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    Has anybody seen the original Life Of Riley TV show starring Jackie Gleason which ran from 1949-1950? I have seen EVERY episode of that incarnation of the popular radio show. It is also the first television appearance of Jackie Gleason. As it seems, William Bendix, who played the character of Chester A. Riley on the popular radio show was unavailable (or unwilling) to do a TV version, so a then unknown (and very slim) Jackie Gleason was cast in the title role. If you have had the rare priveledge of seeing this, let me know what you think.
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