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The Roaring 20's is an American drama television series that aired on ABC from October 15, 1960, until January 20, 1962.

The Roaring 20's
Roaring 20's cast.JPG
Donald May (Pat Garrison), Dorothy Provine (Pinky Pinkham), and Rex Reason (Scott Norris)
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)



Dorothy Provine stars as Pinky Pinkham, the singer at the Charleston Club, in all forty-five episodes of this hour-long series that deals with newspaper reporters covering crime and gangsters for the fictitious New York Record in 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. Other stars were James Flavin as Robert Howard and Louise Glenn as Gladys, who appear in thirty-three and thirty episodes, respectively.

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

Soundtrack albumEdit

Front cover of the 1960 WBS soundtrack album

In 1960 Warner Bros. Records issued the mono soundtrack album The Roaring 20's to accompany the series.[1] Musical direction was by Sandy Courage.

Track listingEdit

  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. ^ 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 Catalogue number: WM 4035 (W1394).

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