The Roaring 20's

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 14

    The People People Marry

    Aired 1/20/62

  • S 2 : Ep 13

    Footlights

    Aired 1/13/62

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    You Can't Fight City Hall

    Aired 1/6/62

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    Blondes Prefer Gentlemen

    Aired 12/16/61

  • S 2 : Ep 10

    Asparagus Tipps

    Aired 12/9/61

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Dehner

    Jim "Duke" Williams [season 2]

  • Mike Road

    Lt. Joe Switolski

  • Dorothy Provine

    Pinky Pinkham

  • Gary Vinson

    Chris Higbee

  • Donald May

    Pat Garrison

  • show Description
  • The Roaring Twenties was an attempt by ABC to strike gold a second time after the success of The Untouchables on the network. It featured a Prohibition Era setting and concerned the adventures of two newspaper reporters, Pat Garrison and Scott Norris, in ferreting out various kinds of corruption that existed during that period. Pat and Scott were aided by nightclub singer Pinky Pinkham, copy boy Chris Higbee, and various others. Rex Reason, who played Scott Norris, departed the series after its first season and was replaced by John Dehner as Jim "Duke" Williams. Dorothy Provine, who played Pinky Pinkham, was well-received by the critics for her singing and acting in this series but it was all for naught. The Roaring 20's aired in a suicidal timeslot on Saturday nights opposite Perry Mason on CBS and Bonanza on NBC. This less than desirable timeslot led to the show's cancellation after 45 filmed episodes and a year and a half on the air.moreless

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  • Quotes (142)

    • Mary Lou: I have talent. Pat: Who says so?

    • Harold: The Mr. Garrison? Chauncey: Well, there couldn't be two.

    • Pat (about Mary Lou): How much did she take? Harold: Over a year of my mother's egg money.

    • Mary Lou: You know about Harold? Pat: We're old friends.

    • Switolski (to Pat in the speakeasy): A cop's gotta watch where he's seen.

    • Bunny (about Mary Lou): She gives me the creeps.

    • Switolski (to Pat): You haven't paid for a drink in years.

    • Pat: Bunny was just out for a good time. Switolski: She got it.

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    Notes (70)

    • Lawrence Dobkin, who plays a mobster in this episode, had previously played mobster Dutch Schultz on The Untouchables. He would return in Season Two's Standing Room Only.

    • Robert Lowery would return several episodes later in War with the Nighthawkers.

    • Robert Rockwell had just finished a run as Phillip Boynton in the 1950's sitcom Our Miss Brooks.

    • The lovely Lesile Parrish's most famous role is that of the tragic Josie Shaw in the 1963 political thriller The Manchurian Candidate.

    • John Banner would later go onto appear on Hogan's Heroes as Sgt. Hans Schultz.

    • Director Marc Lawrence had a long career playing mostly gangsters and heavies on both television and in the movies.

    • Dorothy Provine sings Sweet Georgia Brown and Ain't She Sweet?

    • Rex Reason does not appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (4)

    • This episode is a rarity for the early 1960's in that it features some Afro-American characters.

    • You see something in this episode that you would NEVER see on television today. Dorothy Provine, a white actress, appears in blackface for her second singing number, Swannee, How I Love You.

    • The character of Ann Grey is based upon Evelyn Nesbitt Thaw, a showgirl who was a central figure in an early 20th century murder case.

    • Prince Frederic says that he loves American gangster movies but they didn't become popular amongst American cinema goers until the 1930's and the episode takes place in the prior decade.

    Allusions (2)

    • The basic storyline of this episode was taken from the classic 1950 film All About Eve.

    • One of the characters in this episode, Colleen McCullough, has the same name as the famous author of such books as The Thornbirds.

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • A hastily created gangsters and reporters in the 1920's series put out in the wake of the blockbuster UNTOUCHABLES, but it's third rate all the way. A look at a long ago decade by and for people who couldn't care less.

    By The1Factotum1i1, Jul 31, 2008

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