on the sitcom THE LIFE OF RILEY/NBC/1949-58. The full oath
reads: "Fingers to fingers, toes to toes, if I break this pact, break
William Bendix as Chester A. Riley
Members of the BPLA included Chester A. Riley (Jackie Gleason/William Bendix)
a displaced New Yorker living in Los Angeles and his sarcastic next-door
neighbor Jim Gillis (Sid Tomack/Tom D'Andrea).
On the classic
situation comedy THE HONEYMOONERS/CBS/1955-56 the fraternal group known as
the Raccoons used the toast "Fingers to fingers, thumbs to thumbs, watch out
below, here she comes."
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