Bendix was recast as the bumbling Chester A. Riley, a wing riveter at the fictitious Cunningham Aircraft facility in California. His repeated scream of outrage—"What a revoltin' development!"—became one of the 1940s' most renowned catchphrases. It first appeared in a comic strip titled "Life with Riley," which ran from February 13, 1946 to January 12, 1955. The strip was written by John Stanley and illustrated by Harvey Kurtzman. It often featured satirical scenes of Riley's misadventures in the world, usually resulting from his own mistakes.
Riley is considered by many to be one of the best characters created by John Stanley. In 2005, TV Guide ranked him #9 on its list of the "50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time."
He has been called "a cross between Bertie Bott's Every-Day Man and Mr. Magoo" and is also reminiscent of Yosemite Sam. Bendix's scream became part of popular culture and has been used in commercials, television shows, and movies. The phrase "as mad as a widdle kitty cat" is also attributed to Chester A. Riley.
Chester A. Riley was such a popular character that he received his own magazine entitled Riley's World from September 1948 to June 1950. It was edited by John Stanley and published by the Henry Holt & Company division of Macmillan Publishers.
Chester A. Riley is played by William Bendix. Alan Lipscott wrote this. Ship, Reuben Irving Brecher directed the film. Original release dates: January 16, 1944 (44-01-16) – June 29, 1944 Prell Shampoo is a sponsor. Pabst Blue Ribbon Teel Dre is a rapper.
Chester A. Riley is a cartoonist who lives in a small town outside Chicago. He likes to draw comic strips about life in his hometown. One day, he meets Lois Lane at a newsstand where she works as a reporter. She asks him for a drawing so she can use it in her newspaper. Chester agrees but soon finds out that being a cartoonist is not as easy as he thought it would be. So, he looks for another job while trying to come up with new ideas for comics.
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Here are some other things you should know about Chester A. Riley:
He is one of the founders of the National Cartoonists Society.
Before becoming a cartoonist, Chester Riley worked as a graphic artist and illustrator.
Bendix played Riley in a film in 1949. The film is not available on DVD or VHS. When AMC was worth watching, they used to show it. He was unable to appear on the television show. IDMB has it listed here. Jackie Gleason portrayed Chester A Riley on television from 1949 to 1950. The characters and plot are the same, but the actors are different. It's as amusing in its own right. Bendix died in 1958 at the age of 50.
Here's how he was introduced in the television series: "A lighthearted look at life in a small town with lots of heart". That's what made this show so popular during its run from 1949 to 1950. It told the story of Chester A Riley, a city boy who moves to a small town where his mischievous behavior causes trouble for everyone around him. The show was based on a radio program of the same name that ran from 1945 to 1948. It was created by George Tibbles and produced by Fred Ebb. The original cast album is now considered rare. It was published by Kapp Records in 1949.
So, Bendix was the actor who played Chester A Riley on television. He was born John Bendix on January 11th, 1905 in Orland Park, Illinois. Before becoming an actor, he worked as a mechanic and delivered newspapers. His first role was in 1943's Two Tickets to Broadway. This movie is now lost but there is a copy of the script available online. It's been cited as one of the best films noirs of all time.