The Roaring 20's

ABC (ended 1962)


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  • The Untouchables Lite

    Roaring 20's was an attempt by ABC as well as Warner Brothers studios to cash in on the success of the similarly themed hit series The Untouchables. The fact that it lasted for only a season and a half says it all about how much success the show had. The show was basically a watered down version of The Untouchables featuring the same Prohibition Era themes but without the former show's oomph and edginess. Nonetheless, Roaring 20's did have its share of good moments though not enough of them to ensure the show a longer run.

    I've watched 10 episodes of the series. One, The Prairie Flower, was very good while two more (The Red Carpet and Layoff Charley) were solid, well-written episodes. All the rested were pretty mediocre which tells me that the writers and producers were capable of an occasional good episode but more often than not they came up short.

    Part of the problem was the cast. Both of the leading men, Rex Reason and Donald May, were acting lightweights who appeared to be cast more for their good looks than their acting ability. The scripts, as mentioned before, tended to be average with an occasional good one thrown in. This made things uneven from episode to episode. As Forrest Gump might have said, "This show is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you might get." Despite the casting flaws in regards to the show's leads, the supporting cast was okay. Dorothy Provine sang and danced her little heart out as singer Delaware "Pinky" Pinkham. She wasn't bad either when the scripts called for her character to be dramatic. Mike Road was also very good as the token police detective on the show. The writers tended to give Road's character all the best one-liners and he could spout 'em with the best. Gary Vinson was also likable as copy boy Chris Higbe even if his acting didn't have much depth to it.

    All in all, the show was enjoyable at times even though it's a long way from a classic. Provine seems to be fairly well remembered for her work on the show so perhaps that's how Roaring 20's should be remembered as well. A good vehicle for Dorothy Provine to strut her stuff amidst all the mediocrity around her with an occasional good episode thrown into the mesh.
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