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This was the fifth of Warner Bros.' formulaic detective series. It was proceeded by "77 Sunset Strip" (1958), "Bourbon Street Beat" (1959), "Hawaiian Eye" (1959), and "Surfside Six" (1960). By changing the time period to the 1920's, it was able to cash in on the interest in that period generated by the success of the Desilu produced series "The Untouchables" (1959). See more »
Forget the Untouchables whilst watching this show.
Once and for all, forget the other series speaking of the same period, thirties or late twenties. Yes, in this show ROARING TWENTIES, you also have from time to time gangsters and machine guns, but not necessarily. You also have dramas and comedies as well, without any gun shots or femmes fatales...But always a very good cabaret and burlesque atmosphere, so close to the one you had in those days. It's mostly an atmosphere show, with pretty good performances: acting and directing. Robert Altman gave the best episodes of the whole show, such as stories in DANCE MARATHON and PRAIRIE FLOWER episodes. Tremendous pieces of work, believe me. So, don't Watch this series with the same expectations as you could have after seeing UNTOUCHABLES or any other series speaking of the thirties. That's all I wanted to say about this unfortunately rare and underrated show.
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