Old Mother Riley. Image shows from L to R: Kitty Riley (Kitty McShane), Old Mother Riley (Arthur Lucan). Copyright: Butcher's Film Service / Hope-Bell Film Productions.

Old Mother Riley

Old Mother Riley

Old Mother Riley and her daughter foil a plan of disinherited relatives to break a will, which states that a stranger must be taken in for 6 months

Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane, Barbara Everest, Patrick Ludlow, J. Hubert Leslie, Edith Sharpe, Syd Crossley, Charles Paton and others
Con West and John Argyle
Oswald Mitchell

Upon the death of wealthy businessman William Briggs, his family are shocked to discover a peculiar stipulation in his will.

His son, Edwin, is to leave their large Mayfair mansion and invite the first person he meets selling the family business's product - Briggs' Matches - to live with them. If the stranger stays for at least 6 months then Edwin and his mother will each receive 50% of the significant W. Briggs estate.

However, if the guest leaves the family home for any reason before the 6 months are up, the estate will be divided between William's sister and extended family.

Naturally, each side is keen to outdo the other - and who should the first person be that Edwin meets on the street but matchseller Old Mother Riley and her daughter, Kitty...

Production Details

UK certificate
75 minutes
Release date
August 1937
Production companies
Also known as
  • The Original Old Mother Riley (1942 re-release title)
Black and white
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Sunday 28th October 2018 at 7:45am on TPTV

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