The Life of Reilly

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The Life of Reilly
Those who played along at home with Match Game will fondly recall Charles Nelson Reilly, the small screen’s swishiest stealth weapon. Performing his one-man show for the camera in 2004, CNR (who died last May) boasts of acting classes with Uta Hagen and his 90-plus appearances on The Tonight Show—neither accomplishment, however, matches the significance of Reilly’s getting the lead in the fourth-grade production of Columbus the Man at P.S. 53. Much of the monologue is shouted; HARTFORD!, we learn, is where he and his mother relocated after his father’s nervous breakdown. Maybe the volume wouldn’t grate so much if Reilly were still wearing his captain’s hat and cravat.

By: Melissa Anderson


Release details

Rated: NR
Release date: Friday November 16 2007
Duration: 84 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Barry Poltermann, Frank Anderson
Screenwriter: Paul Linke, Charles Nelson Reilly
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