A home-grown British series rivaling the likes of American-made Laurel & Hardy and Abbott & Costello pictures.
OLD MOTHER RILEY IN PARIS:
Kitty is engaged to Joe who is in Paris. Mother Riley goes to Paris to keep an eye on Joe. She is mistaken for a spy, parachutes from a plane and is awarded a medal for counter espionage.
73 mins, B&W, 1.33:1, 1938, Not Rated
OLD MOTHER RILEY M.P.:
Old Mother Riley, a washerwoman is sacked by the landlord, an MP. She decides to stand against him, wins the election and is put in charge of Ministry for strange affairs.
73 mins, B&W, 1.33:1, 1939, Not Rated
OLD MOTHER RILEY'S NEW VENTURE:
Music-hall comedian Arthur Lucan first brought his "drag" character Old Mother Riley to the screen in 1937. Lucan went on to star in 14 films as the rambunctious Irish washerwoman, while Lucan's wife Kitty McShane co-starred as Old Mother Riley’s daughter, who had a habit of bursting into song whether the audience liked it or not. The first series entry, aptly titled Old Mother Riley, found the title character put in charge of managing a huge luxury hotel. A jewel theft seriously compromises Mother Riley's new position, but everything is resolved in a climactic slapstick-fest, replete with pie-throwing.
79 mins, B&W, 1.33:1, 1949, Not Rated
OLD MOTHER RILEY HEADMISTRESS:
When the old lady buys the school with its revolutionary group of students, Mother Riley is obliged to deal with a gang of crooks so shady their family trees never knew what Autumn was! Riley manages to turn the tables on the hapless hoodlums and the wacky film ends in a riot of crazy comedy.
75 mins, B&W, 1.33:1, 1950, Not Rated
OLD MOTHER RILEY'S JUNGLE TREASURE:
Old Mother Riley (Arthur Lucan) and Kitty Riley (Kitty McShane) are shop assistants in a failing antique shop. Befriended by the ghost of the infamous Captain Morgan, Old Mother Riley is directed to a map detailing the location of the captains buried treasure; whereupon they set off to find their fortune. Despite a gang of crooks and angry natives being hot on their heels, Old Mother Riley manages as ever to save the day!
76 mins, B&W, 1.33:1, 1951, Not Rated
MOTHER RILEY MEETS THE VAMPIRE:
The plot involves Lugosi as the mad scientist Von Housen, who needs a map to a South American uranium deposit so he can build an army of robots and take over the world. To accomplish this, he kidnaps the daughter of an Italian scientist who, conveniently, has this very map.
74 mins, B&W, 1.33:1, 1952, Not Rated