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The Life of Riley Collection (1949)

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  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R10REG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,736 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The Life of Riley Collectors Set contains 8 volumes with 32 Classic Life of Riley Shows. The producer spent several years putting together this great collection using the best available assets. It is beautifully packaged, shrinked wrapped and ready for gift giving. It comes in one case for easy storage. Episode Titles: Disc 1 Riley Camps Out Riley's Operation Riley Steps Out Riley, Animal Lover Disc 2 The Hamburger Stand Young Man's Fancy Love Comes to Waldo Babs Dream House Disc 3 Riley's Burning Ambition The Boss's Niece Bab's School Election Riley, The Worrier Disc 4 Junior's Secret The Dog Watch Riley Teaches Junior Boxing Junior's Double Date Disc 5 Riley's Seperation Destination Brooklyn Riley's Anniversary The Heart of Texas Disc 6 Bab's Wedding Junior Quits School Help For Honeybee Del Mar Vista Disc 7 The Executive Type Family Reunion Vacation Junior, Juvenile Deliquent Disc 8 Come Back, Little Junior Do It Yourself Riley's Stomach Ache Riley Balances The Budget All video assets ©2007 by The Nostalgia MerchantTM

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Life Of Riley, Timeless great TV!! February 5, 2008
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I have really enjoyed this DVD collection of "The Life Of Riley" (TLOR) episodes. This collection is truly a "blast from the past" and brings back fond memories of very entertaining, laugh out loud TV comedy. Unlike so many TV "sitcoms" of the TLOR time period TLOR is well written, very well acted, directed and produced and could easily fit in today as an entertaining "slice of life" period piece. Riley is a believable character who is part of the Southern California aerospace culture and although Cunningham Aircraft, Riley's employer, is fictional, places and events mentioned in the show like the Riley's hometown, El Segundo, and surrounding cities such as Glendale, Burbank on so forth give the show a sense of historical reality. Plus, in exterior shots you will see period history such as the back yard incinerators used to burn household trash and compliment the LA smog!!

TLOR is about a middle class family with both parents still married and supportive of each other. Peg, the Mother, is a stay at home Mom raising the Riley's two children Jr. and Babs and manages the Riley household. The two children contribute to the family, respect their parents and each other. Despite Chester A. Riley not always making the right decisions he always gets the love and support of his "TV" family. Of course, the Riley's neighbors and good friends Gillis and Honeybee add to the show's comic antics.

It is apparent that the collection's DVDs are produced from either direct film or video tape transfers and neither video nor audio appear to have been digitally re-mastered. Despite a very few episodes having an old unrestored film look around the edges the majority of the episodes look extremely well. The audio is good in all episodes.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for William Bendix November 29, 2007
The five stars are for William Bendix and his GREAT portrayal of Riley . I love this show and will purchase it as soon as I find out what the quality of the picture is . It appears that this is a DVD made up of shows from several or all of the seasons and not a continuous season . It could be that full seasons are not available any longer because of episodes being lost, as many greats were . To bad if so . I wish the Seller would be more consise in their description and tell us if this is all they have or will ever have . Also they could tell us what the quality of the picture is . Many would probably purchase it anyway . I have purchased other old shows and although the picture wasn't like I would like it, and who can complain as this is 50 or more years old, a show like this comes along only once in a life time . I want all of them if they are ever offered . The Nostalgia Merchant has a web site of their own but these episodes are offered as 4 per dvd and not as as a set . At $8.00 per dvd it would cost $64 for all plus shipping . This is a good price here .
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Life of Riley June 14, 2008
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What a excellent and very funny family TV series from early television.
All of the characters in this series were properly cast for their roles.
we need programs like this today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of nostalgia January 12, 2009
By B. Polk
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I bought this as a Christmas gift to my Dad. He was so excited to get home and watch these. He said it is exactly as he remembers it.

I was named after the daughter on this series and had always wondered why. He always told me that he thought she was a cute little girl. I must say, I have to agree.

The set came in plenty of time for Christmas although I placed my order only a couple of weeks before Christmas.

My Dad and I are both delighted by this find.
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