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Riley Trains Junior's Dog (Aired February 11, 1945)
The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, was a popular radio situation comedy series of the 1940s that was adapted into a 1949 feature film and continued as a long-running television series during the 1950s. The show began as a proposed Groucho Marx radio series, The Flotsam Family, but the sponsor balked at what would have been essentially a straight head-of-household role for the comedian. Then producer Irving Brecher saw Bendix as taxicab company owner Tim McGuerin in the movie The McGuerins from Brooklyn (1942). The Flotsam Family was reworked with Bendix cast as blundering Chester A. Riley, riveter at a California aircraft plant, and his frequent exclamation of indignation---"What a revoltin' development this is!"---became one of the most famous catch phrases of the 1940s. The radio series also benefited from the immense popularity of a supporting character, Digby "Digger" O'Dell (John Brown), "the friendly undertaker." THIS EPISODE: February 11, 1945. "Riley Trains Junior's Dog" - Blue network, KECA, Los Angeles aircheck. Sponsored by: The American Meat Institute. Junior gets a new dog and Riley ends up in the doghouse. John Brown, William Bendix, Ken Niles (announcer), Don Bernard (director), Lou Kosloff (music), Irving Brecher (creator, producer), Conrad Binyon, Paula Winslowe. 29:37. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.