The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones
Volume Three arrives on DVD on April 29th in a ten-disc boxed set (see the original announcement here
). Here's a look at what's on the eighth disc.
Scandal of 1920 (1:29:29) After quitting his job as a waiter in Chicago, Indy heads to New York, following a tip for summertime employment. Indy gets much, much more than he bargained for when he signs up as a stagehand at the new Broadway extravaganza, George White's Scandals. While the work is exhausting, what's truly wearing Indy down is trying to juggle three new girlfriends -- without having each learn of the others. His new friend George Gershwin is of little help, finding humor and -- of course -- song in Indy's predicament.
First, there's Peggy, the country mouse visiting the Big Apple for the first time. She has aspirations for Broadway stardom, but is at first wary of Indy, mistaking him for a big city masher. Indy earns her trust, and even lands her a part in the Scandals, where she can showcase her amazing voice.
Then, there's Kate, the Bohemian poet who opens her apartment door for Indy when he's stranded without a place to live. She's unlike anyone Indy's ever met, a headstrong, self-possessed woman of the 1920s with untraditional definitions of relationship. Indy is entranced by her intellect, and even lands a spot at the Algonquin round table to meet with Kate's witty writer friends, Alexander Woollcott, Dorothy Parker and others.
Finally, there's Gloria -- the wealthy socialite. Indy is transfixed by her beauty, and sweet-talks her into backing George White's musical. Her father bankrolls the Scandals, meaning that Indy can't do a thing to jeopardize his relationship with her.
When the curtain rises on opening night, Indy not only has to keep the performance running, but he finds that all three girls are in the same theater. This chapter of Young Indiana Jones is not only a comic romp, but also includes wonderful production numbers as well as a marvelous musical score.
Scandal of 1920 stars Sean Patrick Flanery as Indy. Guest stars include Alexandra Powers ("L.A. Law", Rising Sun) as Gloria, Anne Heche ("Men in Trees", Donnie Brasco) as Kate, Jennifer Stevens as Peggy, Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale, Syriana) as Sidney Bechet, Christopher John Fields (Zodiac, Fight Club)as George White, Tom Beckett ("Remember WENN") as George Gershwin, Michelle Nicastro (When Harry Met Sally) as Ann Penington, Bill McKinney (The Green Mile) as Mack, Robert Trebor ("Hercules: The Legendary Journeys") as Schwartz, Peter Appel ("The Kill Point") as Ross, Annabelle Gurwitch ("The Dream Team with Annabelle and Michael") as Dorothy "Dottie" Parker, Mark Holton (Pee-Wee's Big Adventure) as Alexander Woollcott, Terumi Matthews (The Waiting Game, "Madonna: Innocence Lost") as Edna Ferber, Dylan Price ("Law & Order") as Franklin Adams, Joshua Rifkind ("Beverly Hills 90210") as Robert Sherwood, Peter Spears as Robert Benchley, Brenda Strong ("Desperate Housewives") as Beatrice Kaufman, Guri Weinberg (Munich) as George Kaufman.
Production Credits: Director of Photography: David Tattersall; Editor: Louise Rubacky; Production Designers: Jeff Ginn and Barbara Kretschmer; Costume Designer: Peggy Farrell; Music Composed and Adapted by Joel McNeely; Executive Producer: George Lucas; Produced by Rick McCallum; Written by Jonathan Hales; Directed by Syd Macartney
Tin Pan Alley: Soundtrack of America (0:31:15)
Perhaps no artistic medium has acted as a more accurate cultural barometer than the popular song -- charting the nation's passions and pastimes with color and immediacy. In the early 20th century, Americans reveled in new found comfort, convenience and prosperity. A group of creative businessmen on Tin Pan Alley celebrated their arrival in song. Produced and Written by Adam Sternberg.
Wonderful Nonsense: The Algonquin Round Table (0:26:00) "All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening." / "That woman speaks 18 languages and can't say no in any of them." / "Why don't you get out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?" / "Anything can happen, but it usually doesn't." / "Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone." -- New York City. 1920. The First World War was over. Flush with victory and dreams of riches, America was ready for something new. Manhattan was the place to be. New Yorkers were feeling confident and sassy. The connoisseurs of the new culture could be found at a daily lunch at a circular table inside a hotel called the Algonquin. They became known as the Algonquin Round Table. Produced and Written by Karena O'Riordan.
Broadway: America Center Stage (0:29:58) The year was 1927, and the New York theater district called 'Broadway' was entering what would be its greatest season in history. More than 264 shows were going to open that year -- and as many as 11 would open on a single night. Every new production was an overflowing of talent that was expressly American. In the years following World War I, America's identity came into sharp focus, and it did so on the Broadway stage. Produced and Written by David O'Dell.