The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (1993) – The Scandal of 1920

Young Indy’s (Sean Patrick Flanery) adventures are coming to a close in this the penultimate story. Jonathan Hales wrote this television movie that first aired on 3 April, 1993.

Indy has left Chicago and is heading to New York for the summer. He’s going to be working as a stage hand in George White’s (Christopher John Fields) Broadway show, Scandal of 1920.

He meets a young singer on the train on the way, Peggy (Jennifer Stevens), but on his first night, he meets the enchanting Kate Rivers (Anne Heche), which will set up a bit of romantic conflict for the Indiana. A conflict that is trebled when along comes Gloria (Alexandra Powers), a wealthy socialite.

The story introduces us to George Gerswhin (Tom Beckett) and his music plays a large part in the movie, and also sees Jeffrey Wright return as Sidney Bechet. This one ends up being a light-hearted, tune-filled romp that plays like a romantic comedy.


Gershwin tunes fill the picture, and adds a nice, classic, New York feel to it. I love Gershwin’s music, including some of my favourites (like The Man I Love), and makes the New York of yesteryear look amazing, and the place to be, no matter what corner of it you were in.

As Indy hops from romance to romance, it honestly doesn’t put the character in the best light, but it does play up to the screwball comedies that the film seems to be paying homage to.

Each girl has amazing qualities, and appeals to Indy, each in their different way, but you know by story’s end the whole thing is going to blow up in his face, and deservedly so. Everything begins to revolve around the show when White’s backers pull out, but Gloria decides to have her rich daddy pay for it, and on opening night, Kate, Peggy and Gloria are all in the same place, each wanting Indy.

The series has done a fantastic job with production design, costume work, and refining computer assisted and generated images (which would serve the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy), and this one is no exception. It looks great, the characters are fun, Indy is intermixed with actual historical personages, and the musical numbers are a lot of fun.

In fact the behind the scenes stuff is a lot of fun, and reminds me of my own time in the theatre when I was a teen, and how much I miss it.

The series comes to its conclusion next week with Hollywood Follies, let’s see what happens when Indy ends up in Tinsel Town…



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