The Life of Riley was enormously popular on radio and this TV show has William Bendix playing Riley. Riley was a prototype for later blue-collar sitcom characters like Ralph Kramden and Fred Flintstone.
Heres really early Jack Benny as the Medicine Man. He has to help the son and daughter of a mean shopkeeper. He’s a medicine show “doctor”. Its funny. It’s Jack Benny. How could you go wrong?
The CBS series is taken off the air in 1953 because of protests from civil rights groups; host George Kirby. The TV series used African-American actors in the main roles, although the actors were instructed to keep their voices and speech patterns as close to Gosden and Correll’s as possible.
Actor Wylie Thorton is shot to death at his back stage birthday party. Detectives have their work cut out for them, because everyone, including a trick shooting chimpanzee wanted Wylie dead.