Decades before either Dame Edna or Madea took the stage, another in-drag character swept up legions of fans: Old Mother Riley. Music hall comedian Arthur Lucan donned a dress and bonnet and created the Riley character, a high-strung, salty-mouthed Irish washerwoman who headlined her own series of comedies in Britain from the late 1930s through the early 1950s. They were generally produced on a shoestring budget, for companies such as Butcher's; most, though not all, were directed by Maclean Rogers. At their peak, the Riley films were as popular in the UK as Laurel & Hardy or Abbott & Costello were in the States. This collection from VCI Entertainment presents 6 of the 15 original Riley comedies; Old Mother Riley In Paris (1938) , Old Mother Riley M.P. (1939), Old Mother Riley's New Venture (1949), Old Mother Riley Headmistress (1950), Old Mother Riley's Jungle Treasure (1951) and Mother Riley Meets the Vampire.