This was the fifth of Warner Brothers' 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 1920s, 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 »
Television came late to us in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia): in 1960. We waited forever for it, getting our TV sets way ahead of the first broadcasts (we got a Murphy set), and then watching the Indian test pattern forever! But when it did arrive, besides Highway Patrol, The Honeymooners, The Rag Trade, Fury, Dr. Kildare, 77 Sunset Strip, Zed Cars, The Terrific Adventures of the Terrible Ten, the Adventures of Robin Hood, and many others ... was one of my favourites: THE ROARING TWENTIES.
I particularly loved the musical intro ending with the 1920's model motor flying over a shed and landing with a splat and a cloud of dust. I was mesmerized by the show. Dorothy Provine was all the rage in 1960 as a result of that. I remember the papers following her around the world, and reading of her arriving to adoring crowds in Rio de Janeiro and Paris. The show also spurned a 1920's revival in fashion and attitude. Great fun!
Years later when I was living in Sydney, Australia in the early 70s, I managed to find a copy of the soundtrack to the television series. I still have that album, and occasionally I play it.
Would love to see this series out on DVD ... no one has ever heard of it here in Amsterdam !
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