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You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the films, stars and scandals of the 20th century.
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Ramon Novarro was a Mexican actor and singer whose stardom at MGM in the 1920s and 30s was not impeded by his offscreen life as a gay man. In Hollywood Babylon, Anger focuses only on Novarro’s grisly murder in 1968 -- which outed Novarro to a public that had largely forgotten him--and needlessly embellishes a crime scene that was already pretty horrible. Today, in our final episode of Fact-Checking Hollywood Babylon, we will explore the life which Anger left out of Hollywood Babylon, and correct that book’s version of Novarro’s death.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In part two of our two-parter on the demise of the biggest and most pernicious tabloid of the 1950s, we’ll explore what happened after the magazine’s claim that redheaded star Maureen O’Hara was caught having sex at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. O’Hara positioned herself the “Joan of Arc” of Hollywood, single-handedly defending a cowardly industry against the existential threat posed by Confidential. As we’ll see, this is one story where the Kenneth Anger version is more credible than the version related by one of the subjects. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Over two episodes, we will explore Hollywood Babylon’s coverage of Confidential Magazine and the two celebrities who testified against the scandal rag in the 1957 trial that helped end what Anger rightfully refers to as its “reign of terror.” We’ll begin with Dorothy Dandridge, the first black actress to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. Dandridge’s testimony against Confidential reveals the publication’s racist agenda, as well as the double standards that governed her real private and public lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jewish gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel is frequently credited with corrupting Hollywood’s unions and “inventing” Las Vegas. Siegel did have movie star friends, but the true story of his involvement with the Flamingo casino is also the story of a much bigger movieland player: Hollywood Reporter founder/publisher/columnist Billy Wilkerson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The bisexuality of Marlene Dietrich was not exactly a secret in 1930s Hollywood -- in fact, her ambiguous sexuality was part of her on-screen brand. But there is some debate as to who Dietrich counted among her lovers, and which of her fellow stars participated in what has been called the “sewing circle” of female intimacy. Anger alleges that Dietrich had a “passionate affair” with Claudette Colbert, an Oscar-winning actress with an extremely heteronormative persona. We’ll explore what was going on in Dietrich’s life and career around the time when this affair could have taken place, and then delve into Colbert’s image as a very different kind of on-screen sex symbol, and her complicated off-screen personal life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mexican actress Lupe Velez was the victim of one of Anger’s cruelest invented stories. His fabrication of her manner of death lays bare a vicious racism in addition to Hollywood Babylon’s usual sexism. Today we will sort out the fact of Velez’s life from Anger’s fiction and consider the star of the Mexican Spitfire series as a comedienne ahead of her time.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 1936, actress Mary Astor (who had not yet made her most famous film, The Maltese Falcon) and her husband went to court to fight for custody of their four year-old daughter. The trail made international news thanks to both sides’ use of Astor’s diary, in which she had recorded details of her affair with playwright George S. Kaufman. How much did Astor truly reveal in her diary, and what role did the scandal play in her life and career?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mae West was the biggest new star in Hollywood in 1933, thanks to two hit films she co-wrote and starred in as a sexually implicit, wisecracking broad who romanced a young Cary Grant. In Hollywood Babylon, Anger credits West’s abrupt decline in movies to a coordinated conspiracy organized by William Randolph Hearst and carried out by the Hays Office. Today we’ll explore West’s background, her history of pushing the censors past the limits of legality, and the truth of her lightning-fast rise in Hollywood and somewhat slower descent back to earth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This Italian pin-up, along with Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot, was emblematic of a brand of post-war European sexuality that America happily imported. But the Hollywood career of  “La Lollo” was delayed, thanks to Howard Hughes, whose obsession with Lollobrigida led him to keep her virtually imprisoned in a Los Angeles hotel and sign her to a contract that essentially made it impossible for her to work for any other U.S. producer.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
136: Yvonne De Carlo

136: Yvonne De Carlo

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The future Lily Munster became a star when producer Walter Wanger cast her in Salome, Where She Danced (1945). A curvaceous brunette in her early 20s, De Carlo fit the mold of Howard Hughes’ mid-century girlfriends to a T. But that relationship would be brief, and De Carlo would go on to distinguish herself in movies, television, and as a star of the original production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Cassie

Wild

May 1st
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Cyn Piske

Content is great. Presenter enunciated entirely too much, making it very hard to follow. Would be wonderful with more natural speaker.

Mar 17th
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StartinaM 🌟

This episode should be titled "Liz and Monty"

Mar 16th
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Ceil Francisco

I love this podcast and came catch up on episodes I'd missed only to find out you'd be using automated voice bots to read major parts of the episode??? I turned it off immediately just like I do when YouTube videos do this. I am sad that I'm skipping this 'season' because those computer voices make my skin crawl 😔

Mar 7th
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Scott

Thanks for all these great stories, Karina!

Mar 3rd
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kevvcop

Come back. I. Miss this a lot. Used to make my long drives really fly by. So well done. Passion project I'd imagine.

Mar 2nd
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Grant Gaddy

The Anger-bot is terrible. PLEASE get rid of it. It's awful to listen to.

Feb 27th
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Martin Riggs

trying to combine the modern phenomenon of fake news, with vintage Hollywood must've looked good on paper.

Feb 20th
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Caoimhin James

I miss this show

Feb 15th
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Athena&TheOwl

Very unsurprising that Karina is going on 'Indefinite hiatus'. The quality of the podcast has nosedived and it's obvious her heart isn't in it anymore. listen to the episodes on the Blacklist and the current 'Angerbot' ones. A very clear comparison of when the show was great and the phoned-in mess it has become. if you want classic movie stories told with passion, care and great audio, listen to Adam Roches 'Secret History of Hollywood'.

Jan 30th
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Kristin McCarthy

one of your best ever! I will miss you-have a good hiatus!

Jan 30th
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Jerry Merry

👍

Jan 30th
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Keith Plane

anyone else get the impression that Karina is done with the podcast?

Jan 30th
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Athena&TheOwl

Keith Plane 100%

Jan 31st
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Misty_Lake

Oh no! Please come back...😔 I absolutely love your podcast. I hope you will come back one day. ❤

Jan 29th
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Nakeyae Street

love the material and I am a huge fan. The only problem is the announcer's voice. She is trying to sound sulter and sexy.

Jan 27th
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Dan M

That's Hedley!

Jan 23rd
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Kristin McCarthy

why are you narrating so dramatically? you aren't in an elocution class and it is so distracting

Jan 16th
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Tiago Santos

Somehow you sound muffled in the commercials.

Jan 10th
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Liz Weir

her over dramatic narration killed it for me.

Jan 3rd
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ApostleArose

just because you disagree with and are able to see clearly the degradation of a lifestyle and able to share that in a matter-of-fact way does not make you a homophobic

Jan 1st
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Alex Haider-Winnett

ApostleArose that's pretty much the definition of homophobia.

Feb 14th
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Faé

ApostleArose pick your battles better she literally called gays disgusting and harmful like there's no excuses for her lmao

Feb 12th
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