The Roaring 20's (TV series)

The Roaring 20's is an American drama television series that was broadcast by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from October 15, 1960, until January 20, 1962.

The Roaring 20's
Donald May (Pat Garrison, left), Dorothy Provine (Pinky Pinkham, center), and Rex Reason (Scott Norris, right).
Directed byRobert Altman
Richard Benedict
Edward Dein
Robert Douglas
Charles F. Haas
Stuart Heisler
Marc Lawrence
Leslie H. Martinson
Irving J. Moore
Charles R. Rondeau
Sidney Salkow
Richard C. Sarafian
Robert B. Sinclair
Robert Sparr
George Waggner
StarringDorothy Provine
Rex Reason
Donald May
John Dehner
Gary Vinson
Mike Road
Theme music composerMack David
Jerry Livingston
Composer(s)Michael Heindorf
Howard Jackson
Frank Perkins
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes45
Executive producer(s)William T. Orr
Producer(s)Jerry Davis
Boris Ingster
Tom McKnight
Gordon Bau (make-up)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time50 mins.
Production company(s)Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Division
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 15, 1960 (1960-10-15) 
January 20, 1962 (1962-01-20)


Each episode of the series was an hour long. It concerns newspaper reporters reporting crime and gangsters for the fictitious newspaper The New York Record during the 1920s, such as Scott Norris (Rex Reason), Pat Garrison (Donald May), Duke Williams (John Dehner), and copy-boy Chris Higby (Gary Vinson). Mike Road played police Lieutenant Joe Switoski. Dorothy Provine features as Pinky Pinkham, the singer at the Charleston Club, in all 45 episodes. Other major actors were James Flavin as Robert Howard and Louise Glenn as Gladys, who appear in 33 and 30 episodes, respectively.


Season 1: 1960–61

No Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date PC
11"Burnett's Woman"George WaggnerS: Samuel Fuller;
T: Larry Welch
October 15, 1960 (1960-10-15)27783
22"Champagne Lady"Leslie H. MartinsonTBAOctober 22, 1960 (1960-10-22)25503
33"The Velvet Frame"George WaggnerLászló GörögOctober 29, 1960 (1960-10-29)25504
44"Vendetta on Bleecker Street"Marc LawrenceS: William Koenig;
T: Samuel Roeca
November 5, 1960 (1960-11-05)27784
55"The Prairie Flower"Robert AltmanRobert J. ShawNovember 12, 1960 (1960-11-12)25513
66"Brother's Keeper"Robert AltmanTBANovember 19, 1960 (1960-11-19)25505
77"Judge Seward's Secret"Charles F. HaasTBANovember 26, 1960 (1960-11-26)25506
88"White Carnation"Robert AltmanLászló GörögDecember 3, 1960 (1960-12-03)25507
99"Bold Edition"George WaggnerT: László Görög;
S/T: Richard Paul Stenger
December 10, 1960 (1960-12-10)25508
1010"Layoff Charley"Robert B. SinclairMelvin LevyDecember 17, 1960 (1960-12-17)27785
1111"The Maestro"George WaggnerMelvin LevyJanuary 7, 1961 (1961-01-07)27786
1212"Dance Marathon"Robert AltmanT: Ardel Wray;
S/T: Lee Loeb
January 14, 1961 (1961-01-14)25509
1313"Big Town Blues"Robert SparrShirl HendryxJanuary 21, 1961 (1961-01-21)25510
1414"Coney Red Hots"Charles F. HaasS: Leo Townsend;
T: László Görög
January 28, 1961 (1961-01-28)27787
1515"Two a Day"Robert AltmanStuart JeromeFebruary 4, 1961 (1961-02-04)25511
1616"Black Saturday"Edward DeinShirl Hendryx,
Robert E. Thompson
February 11, 1961 (1961-02-11)25512
1717"Lucky Charm"George WaggnerS: Joyce Fierro;
S/T: Ron Bishop
February 18, 1961 (1961-02-18)25514
1818"Pie in the Sky"Robert SparrMary C. McCall Jr.,
Tedd Pierce
February 25, 1961 (1961-02-25)27788
1919"The Vamp"Leslie H. MartinsonDick Chevillat,
Ray Singer
March 4, 1961 (1961-03-04)25515
2020"War with the Nighthawkers"George WaggnerRobert C. DennisMarch 11, 1961 (1961-03-11)25516
2121"The Twelfth Hour"Irving J. MooreLászló GörögMarch 18, 1961 (1961-03-18)25517
2222"The Salvation of Killer McFadden"George WaggnerTBAApril 1, 1961 (1961-04-01)25518
2323"The Fifth Pin"Robert SparrCharles O'Neal,
Victor Trivas
April 8, 1961 (1961-04-08)25519
2424"The Red Carpet"Robert DouglasS: Leonard Brown;
T: Shirl Hendryx
April 15, 1961 (1961-04-15)25520
2525"Scandal Sheet"Irving J. MooreTBAApril 22, 1961 (1961-04-22)25521
2626"Mademoiselle from Armentieres"Leslie H. MartinsonEdwin BlumApril 29, 1961 (1961-04-29)25522
2727"Among the Missing"Irving J. MooreS: Talbot Jennings;
T: Robert J. Shaw
May 6, 1961 (1961-05-06)27789
2828"Right Off the Boat: Part 1"Robert AltmanRobert C. DennisMay 13, 1961 (1961-05-13)25523
2929"Right Off the Boat: Part 2"Robert AltmanRobert C. DennisMay 20, 1961 (1961-05-20)25524
3030"Million Dollar Suit"Leslie H. MartinsonSheldon StarkMay 27, 1961 (1961-05-27)27790
3131"Royal Tour"Robert AltmanRichard CollinsJune 3, 1961 (1961-06-03)28618

Season 2: 1961–62

No Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date PC
321"No Exit"Stuart HeislerLászló GörögOctober 7, 1961 (1961-10-07)27791
332"Kitty Goes West"Charles R. RondeauJames O'HanlonOctober 14, 1961 (1961-10-14)27792
343"Nobody's Millions"Charles R. RondeauTBAOctober 21, 1961 (1961-10-21)28619
354"Standing Room Only"Robert AltmanTBAOctober 28, 1961 (1961-10-28)28620
365"Another Time, Another War"Robert SparrShirl HendryxNovember 4, 1961 (1961-11-04)25562
376"Everybody Loves Benny"Stuart HeislerTBANovember 11, 1961 (1961-11-11)27793
387"The Duke on the Bum"Sidney SalkowTBANovember 18, 1961 (1961-11-18)28621
398"Pinky Goes to College"Charles R. RondeauJudith Plowden,
Teddi Sherman
November 25, 1961 (1961-11-25)28622
409"So's Your Old Man"Sidney SalkowRobert J. ShawDecember 2, 1961 (1961-12-02)25563
4110"Asparagus Tips"Leslie H. MartinsonS: Will Gould,
Richard Weil;
T: Ardel Wray
December 9, 1961 (1961-12-09)28623
4211"Blondes Prefer Gentlemen"Richard C. SarafianStanley NissDecember 16, 1961 (1961-12-16)25564
4312"You Can't Fight City Hall"Leslie H. MartinsonRic HardmanJanuary 6, 1962 (1962-01-06)28624
4413"Footlights"Marc LawrenceMelvin LevyJanuary 13, 1962 (1962-01-13)28625
4514"The People People Marry"Richard BenedictRobert J. ShawJanuary 20, 1962 (1962-01-20)25565

Guest stars


During its first year, The Roaring 20's had competition from the Top 20 programs, Perry Mason broadcast by CBS and Bonanza by NBC. For the 1961-1962 season, however, Bonanza was shifted to Sunday, and the western series, Tales of Wells Fargo, shifted into the time slot opposite The Roaring 20's.

Soundtrack album

In 1960 Warner Bros. Records issued the mono soundtrack album The Roaring 20's to accompany the series (The full album title was: Music from The Roaring 20's Warner Bros. New Hit Television Show, Songs by Dorothy Provine and the Music of Pinky and Her Playboys)[1]. Musical direction was by Sandy Courage.

Track listing

  1. "Crazy Words, Crazy Tune"; "Bye Bye Blackbird"; "Whisper Song"; "Laugh Clown Laugh"
  2. "Charleston"; "Doin' the Raccoon"; "Black Bottom"
  3. "I Wanna Be Loved by You"; "Someone to Watch Over Me"; "Don't Bring Lulu"
  4. "Mountain Greenery"; "Sweet Georgia Brown"
  5. "Poor Butterfly"; "Let's Misbehave"; "Avalon"
  6. "O-oo Ernest"; "Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley!"; "Do, Do, Do"
  7. "I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover"; "A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You"; "Tea for Two"; "The Girl Friend"
  8. "It Had to Be You"; "Just a Memory"; "Barney Google"
  9. "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles"; "Limehouse Blues"
  10. "Am I Blue?"; "Let's Do It"; "Nagasaki"; "The Roaring Twenties"


  1. Catalogue number: WM 4035 (W1394).
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