The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Season 2 Episode 10

The Scandal of 1920, New York, July 1920 (2)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 03, 1993 on ABC
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The Scandal of 1920, New York, July 1920 (2)
In New York City, Indy stretches himself thin when he stage-manages a Broadway musical, dates three beatiful women, attends high society parties, reads poetry with Greenwich Village bohemians and trades barbs with the literary wits of the Algonquin Round Table, all accompanied by composer George Gershwin.

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  • Indy sees the stage is set for the scandal of the year!

    But the show must go on... This is one of those rare stories for 'The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles'. Although known as 'New York, June 1920' and 'New York, July 1920' both parts were originally aired together in a feature length format or as a TV movie called 'The Scandal of 1920'. What this means for the eventual VHS and DVD versions of this episode is that there aren't any continuity problems and does indeed flow nicely on from the previous story. As far as I'm aware only the bookends with George Hall were edited out and I believe a bit of footage was added to expanded the running time. Apart from that 'The Scandal of 1920' is pretty much identical to what originally aired back in the early 90s.

    Indiana is rushed off his feet in more ways than one. Not only must he help the running of George White's Broadway production of 'Scandals' but the bigger issue comes from the fact that he's seeing three women at once. Is it possible to stop dating them? He can't stop seeing Peggy because Indy guaranteed her a future on Broadway. He can't stop seeing Kate because then he won't have a place to live. As for Gloria it's Indy's connection to her that's paying George White's expensive production. He's in big trouble if they find out he's been cheating on them. As the curtains are raised and the music plays one thing is certain: Indy is going to have a birthday he's not going to forget!

    The second part of 'The Scandal of 1920' is where this story gets really fun. Indy's predicament (which he partly created) involving three women gets worse to comedic effect while everyone runs around madly trying to get George White's production off the ground before the big day. White (Fields) is becoming desperate to find someone for the lead singer role and is seriously contemplating using his girlfriend Ann Pennington (Nicastro) even by this point knowing full well she's not that great for the song composed by George Gershwin (Beckett). The composer knows it's a great song and won't budge so the search goes on. The last thing White is thinking about is the ever increasing costs which they can't afford to pay. Maybe Indy could be useful? This episode shows the run up to the big day as well as Indy's 21st birthday. On a side-note I've looked at people's complaints of 'The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles' as a whole and there are some who criticise creator George Lucas for re-editing not just the series but editing out George Hall's bookends. To respond to this I give you this story. A typical episode of the show is Old Indy annoying someone with one of his stories which goes into the main Young Indy section. However you always got the impression the Hall bookends never affected the characters he told the story to. I mention this because with 'The Scandal of 1920' he only manages to tell his story in parts to two different people, in Part 1 it's a cabbie and in Part 2 it's a critic. That storytelling doesn't work as the people he's talking to won't get the full account of what occurred. So criticism of the re-edits is perhaps too harsh when you consider the series is easier to relate to in it's present form.

    When watching this story unfold as a whole there's a tendency for the viewer to think that young Henry has created his own mess and deserves what happens to him in the end. I don't totally agree with this. Does he deserve to be pushed into his birthday cake and then humiliated in front of everyone? Yes and no. Yes because Indy should have been honest from the beginning first chance he got. He's juggling women to keep them happy not understanding this is doing more damage than good so bad choices have been made. He goes from dinner date to dinner date lying his has to leave early because he has work to do. Yet perhaps it's Flanery's likable performance but you get the impression he's actually trying in his own deluded way to make this work. Not only that but dating these three women offers them opportunities that end up benefiting everyone. Let's take Peggy for example. She's a talented singer but White ignores her the first chance he gets. It's Indy's relationship with her that gets her the lead singer role in 'Scandals' and she's ends up being very good even if her voice is supplied by Linda Ronstadt. The Broadway play is soon in a financial crisis so with no money coming in everyone is ready to pack up and leave. However Gloria wants to make Indy happy and gets her rich dad to fund the show much to White's relief. It only becomes a problem whereby Indiana is worried the investment will stop if he stops seeing her. As for Kate and her friends of 'Algonquin Round Table' he opens their eyes to the beauty of theatre proving to those critics that George White can produce something that has quality. Jonathan Hales curiously uses Indy as both a hapless cheating oath but at the same time integral to the success of those around him. As mentioned in my previous review this story's strength is that it allows us to see the different class status of women from that decade.

    Once the show is underway the episode becomes incredibly enjoyable to watch. As mentioned in my previous review this story won Emmy Awards for costume design, music and visual effects. Certainly the costume design worn by the dancers as well as the men is wonderful and Joel McNeely's music combined with Linda Ronstadt's singing voice is terrific. Director Syd Macartney makes a great first impression as a director perfectly capturing in a bottle 1920s New York. It's as authentic as you see here. Part 1 highlighted the amazing use of visual effects to expand or alter streets/buildings. In this episode Macartney uses digital duplication to increase the amount of dancers from about six to over a hundred without it being noticeable. It's quite an achievement in digital effects and you can clearly see why this story is so deserving of those Emmy Awards. But it's not just the look of it that amazes, it's the humour as well. As Mack is completely drunk on the night it's up to Indy to take over and everything that can go wrong does. Whether it's messing around with the sets or trying to stop Bonzo the monkey (who seems determined to cause as much destruction as possible) Indy certainly has his hands full on the opening night. One of the more amusing bits by writer Hales is using Ernest Hemingway's (again Jay Underwood) cameo to interact with Kate's critic friend Alexander Woollcott (Mark Holton). It's such a funny moment having Woollcott complaining about the production and Hemingway telling him to be quiet. The whole production might have been a success but Indy's love life as usual ends in disaster.

    Filled with spectacle and entertainment 'The Scandal of 1920' is a lot of fun and well deserving of it's multiple awards. Macartney successfully captures the glamour and atmosphere of bustling 1920's New York. Meanwhile Hales script serves it purpose as a screwball comedy but also to show the audience the different classes of women for that era. The question remains is young Indy ever going to find the right woman? With cake on his face Indy sure is going to get a birthday to remember but I guess as they say on Broadway that's showbiz. A highly recommended story.moreless
Corey Carrier

Corey Carrier

Young Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. at age 8-10

Sean Patrick Flanery

Sean Patrick Flanery

Young Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. at age 16-20

George Hall

George Hall

Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. at age 93

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • George White ran his Scandals from 1919 to 1939. Among the entertainment greats who appeared on White's stage include W.C. Fields, the Three Stooges, and Ethel Merman.

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  • NOTES (5)

    • Jennifer Stevens' singing voice as Peggy was actually done by Linda Ronstadt.

    • This episode and its companion documentaries are included on Volume 3 Disc 8 of the DVD collection, they include:
      -Tin Pan Alley - Soundtrack of America
      -Wonderful Nonsense - The Algonquin Round Table
      -Broadway - America Center Stage

    • The episode won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

    • This is Jay Underwood's third appearance as writer Ernest Hemingway. He debuted in Part 1 of Tales Of Innocence (in North Italy) when he and Indy vied for the love of the same girl. He then showed up in Part 2 of The Mystery Of The Blues when he, Indy, and Indy's roommate, Eliott Ness tried to solve the murder of Jim Colosimo.

    • Part 2 of the video The Scandal of 1920 with The Scandal of 1920, New York, July 1920 (1).