You Must Remember This

You Must Remember This

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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),
115: Where the Monsters Came From (Bela & Boris Part 1)
Oct 17 • 36 min
Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff were two middle-aged, foreign, struggling actors who became huge stars thanks to Dracula and Frankenstein, the first two of a trend of monster movie hits released by Universal Studios during the 1930s. This season, we’ll…
114: The Last of Jean/Jane Works Out
Aug 22 • 51 min
Jean Seberg, now plagued with mental illness and alcoholism, comes to a tragic end in Paris. Jane Fonda reinvents herself, once again, for the 80s.
113: Coming Home
Aug 15 • 63 min
Jean buries her child in Iowa, and then returns to Paris in a fragile mental state. Increasingly plagued by both justifiable paranoia and delusions, she makes her last significant films (including another misguided collaboration with Romain Gary), and…
112: Hanoi Jane & The FBI vs. Jean Seberg’s Baby
Aug 8 • 66 min
After shooting a film with a much-changed Jean-Luc Godard, Jane Fonda travels to Vietnam, where she naively participates in a stunt that would leave her branded “Hanoi Jane” for decades. The world media had a field day mocking her, the US government set…
111: Jean and Jane Become Public Enemies
Aug 1 • 62 min
On the heels of making her biggest Hollywood movies in years, Jean Seberg becomes involved with two black radicals, one a cousin of Malcolm X who spouted violent, anti-white rhetoric, the other a leader of the Black Panthers. Jean starts offering money…
110: Jane vs “Barbarella”
Jul 25 • 50 min
Having coaxed Jane into participating in an open marriage, Vadim began casting her in films as a male fantasy of female sexual liberation. This phase of her career would peak with Barbarella, a sci-fi film based on an erotic comic book featuring Jane as a…
109: Jean vs “Lilith”
Jul 18 • 50 min
Having left her husband to be the mistress of writer/diplomat Romain Gary, Jean secretly gave birth to a son, and then made the movie that she thought would prove herself as an actress once and for all. In Lilith, Seberg would go all in on her portrayal…
108: Jean and Jane in Paris (Jean & Jane Episode 3)
Jul 11 • 49 min
With her Hollywood career already something of a disappointment, Jean Seberg took a chance on a French film critic turned first-time director who wanted her to play an amoral American in an experimental movie without a script. The result was Breathless,…
107: Jean and Otto Preminger/Jane in New York (Jean & Jane Episode 2)
Jul 4 • 54 min
Jean Seberg made her first two films, Saint Joan and Bonjour Tristesse, for director Otto Preminger, a tyrannical svengali character whose methods would traumatize Jean for the rest of her life and career. No wonder she rebelled against this bad dad…
106: Hollywood Royalty/Middle-American Martyr (Jean & Jane Episode 1)
Jun 27 • 41 min
Introducing our new series, “Jean and Jane,” exploring the parallel lives of Jane Fonda and Jean Seberg, two white American actresses who found great success (and husbands) in France before boldly and controversially lending their celebrity to causes like…
105: Dorothy Stratten (Dead Blondes Part 13)
Apr 25 • 44 min
Our Dead Blondes season concludes with the story of Dorothy Stratten. Coaxed into nude modeling by Paul Snider, her sleazy boyfriend-turned-husband, 18 year-old Stratten was seized on by Playboy as the heir apparent to Marilyn Monroe. She ascended to the…
104: Barbara Loden (Dead Blondes Part 12)
Apr 18 • 43 min
Barbara Loden won a Tony Award for playing a character based on Marilyn Monroe in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall. Like Marilyn, Barbara was a beauty with no pedigree who fled a hopeless upbringing in search of the fulfillment of fame. Like Marilyn, Loden…
103: Grace Kelly (Dead Blondes Part 11)
Apr 11 • 49 min
The quintessential “Hitchcock blonde,” Grace Kelly had an apparently charmed life. Her movies were mostly hits, her performances were largely well reviewed, and she won an Oscar against stiff competition. Then she literally married a prince. Was it all as…
102: Barbara Payton (Dead Blondes Part 10)
Apr 4 • 44 min
In our Joan Crawford series, we talked about Barbara Payton as the young, troubled third wife of Crawford’s ex Franchot Tone, whose inability to choose between Tone and another actor brought all three of them down into tabloid Hell. Today, we revisit…
101: Jayne Mansfield (Dead Blondes Part 9)
Mar 28 • 41 min
More famous today for her gruesome car crash death than for any of the movies she made while alive, Jayne Mansfield was in some sense the most successful busty blonde hired by a studio as a Marilyn Monroe copy-cat. Mansfield’s satirical copy of Monroe’s…
100: Marilyn Monroe: The End (Dead Blondes Part 8)
Mar 21 • 45 min
How did a star whose persona seemed to be all about childlike joy and eternally vibrant sexuality die, single and childless, at the age of 36? In fact, the circumstances of Marilyn Monroe’s death are confusing and disputed. In this episode we will explore…
99: Marilyn Monroe: The Persona (Dead Blondes Part 7)
Mar 14 • 40 min
How did Marilyn Monroe become the most iconic blonde of the 1950s, if not the century? Today we will trace how her image was created and developed, through her leading roles in movies and her featured coverage in the press, with special attention to the…
98: Marilyn Monroe: The Beginning (Dead Blondes Part 6)
Mar 7 • 44 min
Today we begin the first of three episodes on the most iconic dead blonde of them all, Marilyn Monroe. We’ll start be revisiting our episode on Marilyn from our series on stars during World War II, in which we traced the former Norma Jean from her…
97: Carole Landis (Dead Blondes Part 5)
Feb 28 • 46 min
Carole Landis was a gifted comedienne, a decent singer, and - once she dyed her natural brown hair blonde - perhaps the most luminous beauty in movies of the early 1940s. Plus, she was one of the most dedicated USO performers of WWII, and her elopement…
96: Veronica Lake (Dead Blondes Part 4)
Feb 21 • 46 min
Veronica Lake had the most famous hairdo of the 1940s, if not the twentieth century. Her star turn in Preston Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels and her noir pairings with Alan Ladd made her Paramount’s biggest wartime draw behind Hope and Crosby, but behind the…
95: Jean Harlow Flashback (Dead Blondes Part 3)
Feb 14 • 42 min
Jean Harlow was the top blonde of the 1930s, and even though she didn’t survive the decade - she died in 1937 at the age of 26 - she’d inspire a generation of would-be platinum-haired bombshell stars. Today we revisit our 2015 episode on Harlow, to set…
94: Thelma Todd (Dead Blondes Part 2)
Feb 7 • 43 min
Thelma Todd - a curvaceous white-blonde who predated Jean Harlow - was a sparkling comedienne who began in the silent era and flourished in the talkies, both holding her own opposite the Marx Brothers and playing straight woman in one of cinema’s first…
93: Peg Entwistle (Dead Blondes Part 1)
Jan 31 • 45 min
This season we’re going to explore the stories of 11 blonde actresses who died unusual, untimely or otherwise notable deaths - deaths which, in various ways, have outshined these actress’ lives. Today we’ll explain why we’re doing this, and will tell the…
92: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Mommie Dearest
Sep 13, 2016 • 58 min
The year after Joan Crawford died, her estranged, adopted daughter Christina published a tell-all, accusing her late mother of having been an abusive monster when the cameras weren’t around. Three years later, Mommie Dearest became a movie, starring the…
91: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Bette Davis, “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,” and Crawford’s last years
Sep 6, 2016 • 42 min
Robert Aldrich’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? has done more to define later generation’s ideas about who Crawford was than perhaps any other movie that she was actually in. Unfortunately, most of those ideas center around Crawford’s supposed feud with…
90: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: The Middle Years (Mildred Pierce to Johnny Guitar)
Aug 30, 2016 • 47 min
Joan Crawford struggled through what she called her “middle years,” the period during her 40s before she remade herself from aging, slumping MGM deadweight into a fleet, journeywoman powerhouse who starred in some of the most interesting films about adult…
89: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Clark Gable, Franchot Tone and Barbara Payton
Aug 23, 2016 • 45 min
By the mid-1930s, Joan Crawford was very, very famous, and negotiating both an affair with Clark Gable (her most frequent co-star and the only male star of her stature), and a new marriage to Franchot Tone, who, like Joan’s first husband, was an actor who…
88: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. / Our Dancing Daughters to Grand Hotel
Aug 16, 2016 • 39 min
Joan Crawford’s early years in Hollywood were like - well, a pre-code Joan Crawford movie: a highly ambitious beauty of low birth does what she has to do (whatever she has to do) to transform herself into a well-respected glamour gal at the top of the…
87: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Douglas Fairbanks / Lucille LeSueur Goes to Hollywood
Aug 9, 2016 • 40 min
In order to understand Joan Crawford’s rise to fame, we have to talk about what Joan - born Lucille LeSueur, and called “Billie Cassin” for much of her childhood - was like before she got to Hollywood, and what Hollywood was like before she got there. To…
86: The Blacklist Part 16: Kirk Douglas, Dalton Trumbo, and Otto Preminger (Breaking the Blacklist, Part 2)
Jun 21, 2016 • 51 min
How did the Blacklist come to an end? If you ask Kirk Douglas, the end began with his hiring of Dalton Trumbo to write Spartacus — or, rather Douglas flaunting of that hiring. Otto Preminger, who hired Trumbo to write Exodus, might see it differently. In…
85: The Blacklist Part 15: Frank Sinatra and Albert Maltz (Breaking The Blacklist, Part 1)
Jun 14, 2016 • 40 min
In the first of two episodes about major stars attempting to end the Blacklist, we’ll look at Frank Sinatra’s efforts to hire Hollywood Ten member Albert Maltz. Timing got in the way of Sinatra’s good intentions: this was the exact moment when Sinatra had…
Blacklist Flashback: Frank Sinatra through 1945
Jun 7, 2016 • 35 min
Before our episode on Frank Sinatra’s attempt to end the blacklist, we’re going to flashback to an episode from April 2015, on Sinatra’s rise to fame and his experiences during World War II. In the early 1940s, shortly after skyrocketing to fame as a…
84: The Blacklist Part 14: After the Fall: Arthur Miller
May 31, 2016 • 50 min
Arthur Miller considered Elia Kazan a close friend and collaborator, but when Kazan named names to HUAC, Miller broke with him and wrote The Crucible, a parable about anti-communist hysteria set amidst the Salem Witch Trials. But despite the committee’s…
83: The Blacklist Part 13: On the Waterfront: Elia Kazan
May 24, 2016 • 47 min
Elia Kazan introduced audiences to Warren Beatty, James Dean and Marlon Brando. His films of the 1950s — including A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and East of Eden — comprise perhaps the most impressive body of work of an American director of…
82: The Blacklist Part 12: Stormy Weather: Lena Horne + Paul Robeson
May 17, 2016 • 42 min
Horne’s last years at MGM overlapped with the first HUAC hearings. Horne, an outspoken proponent of equal rights, who from the beginning of her career had associated with leftists and “agitators,” got caught up in the anti-communist insanity. One of those…
Blacklist Flashback: Lena Horne During WWII
May 10, 2016 • 64 min
Stunning singer/actress Lena Horne was the first black performer to be given the full glamour girl star-making treatment. But as the years went on and her studio failed to make much use of her, Horne started feeling like a token — and she wasn’t wrong.…
81: The Blacklist Part 11: Born Yesterday: Judy Holliday
May 3, 2016 • 43 min
Judy Holliday won an Oscar for her first starring film role, and of her eight major film roles between 1950 and 1960, four were in films now considered classics. She was one star who was subpoenaed to testify about her ties to Communism who was fully…
80: The Blacklist Part 10: Salt of the Earth: Howard Hughes + Paul Jarrico
Apr 26, 2016 • 52 min
Today we explore one of the more troubling aspects of Howard Hughes’ legacy: the firm hand he played in enforcing the blacklisting of Hollywood workers, both as the head and owner of RKO Pictures, and as a powerful rich guy whose influence went as high as…
Blacklist Flashback: Howard Hughes + Jane Russell
Apr 19, 2016 • 48 min
In advance of next week’s episode dealing with Howard Hughes’ role in the blacklist, we revisit our October 2014 episode on Hughes’ relationship with Jane Russell, his wartime efforts to balance his aviation and moviemaking businesses, and his shaky run…
79: The Blacklist Part 9: She: Richard Nixon + Helen Gahagan Douglas
Apr 12, 2016 • 48 min
The wife of actor Melvyn Douglas (Ninotchka, Being There), Helen Gahagan Douglas transformed herself from a Broadway and opera star into an exciting new politician in the days of FDR. A persistent, nagging voice of conscience in Congress during the time…
78: The Blacklist Part 8: Storm Warning: Ronald Reagan, the FBI and HUAC
Apr 5, 2016 • 33 min
The post-war Communist witch hunt had a big impact on Ronald Reagan’s evolution from movie actor to politician, and from Democrat to Republican. And Ronald Reagan had a major personal impact on the witch hunt’s manifestation in Hollywood, the Blacklist.…
77: The Blacklist Part 7: Monsieur Verdoux: Charlie Chaplin’s Road to Hollywood Exile
Mar 29, 2016 • 36 min
Picking up where last week’s episode left off, we’ll catch up with Chaplin’s post-The Great Dictator activism, talk about Chaplin’s savage satirical follow-up, Monsieur Verdoux, and explain the witch hunt that ended with him forced to leave his adopted…
Blacklist Flashback: Charlie Chaplin During World War II
Mar 22, 2016 • 43 min
In 1922, Charlie Chaplin was one of the most beloved men in the world. In 1952, after over a decade of being publicly shamed, he was essentially manipulated into self-deportation. What happened in between? We’ll explain over two episodes, beginning with…
76: The Blacklist Part 6: He Ran All The Way: John Garfield
Mar 15, 2016 • 45 min
John Garfield was Brando before Brando — a Method-style actor who repped the New York working class while becoming a major sex symbol in film noir and World War II films. Garfield was not a Communist; most of his friends — and his wife — were, but they…
75: The Blacklist Part 5: The Strange Love of Barbara Stanwyck: Robert Taylor
Mar 8, 2016 • 45 min
Barbara Stanwyck’s first marriage helped to inspire A Star is Born. Her second marriage, to heartthrob Robert Taylor, didn’t make sense in a lot of ways, but the pair were united by their conservative politics. Both joined the blacklist-stoking Motion…
74: The Blacklist Part 4: The African Queen: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and John Huston
Mar 1, 2016 • 47 min
In the late 1940s, as the country was moving to the right and there was pressure on Hollywood to do the same, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and John Huston all protested HUAC in ways that damaged their public personas and their ability to work in…
Blacklist Flashback: Bogey Before Bacall
Feb 23, 2016 • 40 min
Humphrey Bogart was Warner Brothers’ most valuable star in 1947, when he, his wife Lauren Bacall, his future African Queen co-star Katharine Hepburn, his friend and frequent director John Huston and many other stars actively protested HUAC. We’ll get into…
73: The Blacklist Part 3: Dorothy Parker
Feb 16, 2016 • 49 min
The New Yorker columnist, poet and celebrated Algonquin Roundtable wit spent years in Hollywood, working as a screenwriter in partnership with her second husband, Alan Campbell, and contributing to important films such as the original A Star is Born and…
72: The Blacklist Part 2: Crossfire – The Trials of the Hollywood Ten
Feb 9, 2016 • 54 min
In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee subpoenaed dozens of Hollywood workers to come to Washington and testify to the presence of Communists in the film industry. 19 of those who were subpoenaed announced that they wouldn’t co-operate with…
71: The Blacklist Part 1: The Prehistory of the Blacklist
Feb 2, 2016 • 48 min
This episode will trace the roots of both communism and anti-communism in Hollywood, through the Depression, union struggles and scandals, and World War II. The major characters of the series will be introduced, including members of the Hollywood Ten like…
70: MGM Stories Part 15: Mayer’s Downfall
Dec 22, 2015 • 47 min
In the 1940s, Louis B. Mayer was the highest paid man in America, one of the first celebrity CEOs and the figurehead of what for most Americans was the most glamorous industry on Earth. In 1951, Mayer was fired from the studio that bore his name. What…
69: MGM Stories Part 14: Elizabeth Taylor, The MGM Years
Dec 15, 2015 • 43 min
Elizabeth Taylor grew up on the MGM lot, spending 18 years as what she referred to as “MGM chattel.” The last four years of that 18 year sentence were arguably the most interesting. From 1956-1960, she made a run of really interesting films including…
68: MGM Stories Part 13: Gloria Grahame
Dec 8, 2015 • 41 min
Gloria Grahame arrived in Hollywood in 1944, after Louis B. Mayer personally plucked her from the New York stage, and changed her name. But Grahame was the rare actress who Mayer didn’t know how to turn into a star. Finally in 1947, Mayer gave up on…
67: MGM Stories Part 12: Lana Turner
Dec 1, 2015 • 43 min
The legendary “Sweater Girl” was one of MGM’s prized contract players, the epitome of the mid-century sex goddess on-screen and an unlucky-in-love single mom off-screen who would burn through seven husbands and countless affairs. After nearly twenty years…
66: MGM Stories Part 11: David O. Selznick Part Two: Jennifer Jones and Robert Walker
Nov 24, 2015 • 43 min
In 1941, Selznick signed a young actress named Phylis, who was then married to actor Robert Walker. Selznick renamed Phylis “Jennifer Jones,” and set to work turning her into a star, helping her to earn an Oscar for her first film under her new name.…
65: MGM Stories Part 10: David O. Selznick Part One: The Mayers and Gone With the Wind
Nov 17, 2015 • 30 min
In 1930, after putting in time at MGM and RKO, Paramount executive David O. Selznick married Irene Mayer, the daughter of L.B. Mayer. Irene’s father would soon thereafter bring Selznick to MGM to fill in for an ailing Irving Thalberg, but MGM was too…
64: MGM Stories Part 9: Spencer Tracy
Nov 10, 2015 • 40 min
When Spencer Tracy signed with MGM, he was a character actor better known for his problem drinking (and very public extramarital affair with Loretta Young) than for his movie hits. But the studio made him a star, and by the time Katharine Hepburn was…
63: MGM Stories Part 8: Eddie Mannix
Nov 3, 2015 • 40 min
In the new Hollywood satire from the Coen Brothers, Josh Brolin plays a studio “fixer” named Eddie Mannix. The real Eddie Mannix was a New Jersey-born reputed gangster who rose through the ranks at MGM to become the studio’s general manager. His position…
62: MGM Stories Part 7: MGM’s children: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland
Oct 27, 2015 • 40 min
After Irving Thalberg’s death in 1936, Louis B. Mayer doubled down on “family entertainment” at MGM. To support this new wave of content, Mayer started signing younger and younger performers to groom into stars — training them in song and dance, creating…
61: MGM Stories Part 6: Jean Harlow
Oct 20, 2015 • 41 min
As part of the publicity campaign for his film Hell’s Angels, Howard Hughes made Jean Harlow a star, branding her “The Platinum Blonde.” But after Hell’s Angels, Hughes couldn’t figure out what to do with Harlow, so she ended up signing a contract with…
60: MGM Stories Part 5: William Haines and Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Marriage
Oct 13, 2015 • 37 min
The rare silent star who made a relatively smooth transition to sound films, William “Billy” Haines was one of the top box office stars of the late 1920s-early 1930s. Beginning in 1926, Haines started living with Jimmie Shields, and the two men became one…
59: MGM Stories Part 4: John Gilbert and Greta Garbo
Oct 6, 2015 • 35 min
Rising romantic lead John Gilbert signed with MGM in 1924 and the next year he starred in King Vidor’s The Big Parade, the studio’s biggest hit of the silent era. That same year, Louis B. Mayer brought his new discovery to Hollywood: an enigmatic Swedish…
58: MGM Stories Part 3: Buster Keaton’s Biggest Mistake
Sep 29, 2015 • 42 min
In 1928, silent comedy star Buster Keaton made what he would later call “the worst mistake of my career”: against the advice of fellow silent comedy auteurs like Charlie Chaplin, he gave up his independent production shingle and signed a contract with…
57: MGM Stories Part 2: Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst, and Citizen Kane
Sep 22, 2015 • 36 min
Marion Davies is enshrined in memory as the gorgeous but questionably talented mistress of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst — thanks in part to the depiction of a Davies-esque character in Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. But Davies’ involvement with…
56: MGM Stories Part 1: Louis B. Mayer vs. Irving Thalberg
Sep 15, 2015 • 39 min
This season we’re going to tell 15 stories about different people who worked at the same movie studio over the course of five decades, as the movie industry transitioned from silents to sound, into its Golden Era and finally into its television and…
55: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 12: The Manson Family on Trial
Aug 11, 2015 • 52 min
The trials of the Manson family became a kind of public theater which a number of current and future filmmakers found themselves caught up in. Joan Didion bought a dress for a Manson girl to wear to court, Dennis Hopper visited Manson in prison, and a…
54: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 11: Death Valley ’69
Aug 4, 2015 • 43 min
After the murders, Manson moved his family to the depths of the California desert. There, even before they were finally apprehended by the law, their utopia started to fall apart. Hollywood was in the process of being changed by Dennis Hopper’s Easy…
53: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 10: Roman Polanski After Sharon Tate
Jul 28, 2015 • 41 min
Roman Polanski was in London the night his pregnant wife was murdered in their home. He returned to Los Angeles, devastated, to find himself wanted for questioning in a crime which the LAPD, initially, had no idea how to solve.
52: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 9: August 8-10, 1969
Jul 21, 2015 • 47 min
Over the course of a single weekend, half a dozen hippies massacred seven people. This episode includes disturbing details about very violent crimes.
51: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 8: Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski
Jul 14, 2015 • 29 min
While trying to launch her own acting career, Sharon Tate fell in love with, and eventually married, Roman Polanski, the hotshot Polish filmmaker who had his first massive American hit in the summer of 1968, Rosemary’s Baby.
50: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 7: Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring
Jul 7, 2015 • 30 min
In the first of two episodes about the Manson Family’s most famous victim, we’ll trace actress Sharon Tate’s early years, her romance with celebrity hairdresser Jay Sebring, and the on-set affair that changed the course of Tate’s life and career.
49: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 6: Kenneth Anger and Bobby Beausoleil
Jun 30, 2015 • 47 min
The first person to go to jail for a Charles Manson-associated murder was Bobby Beausoleil, a charismatic would-be rock star who had put in time as a muse to Kenneth Anger — child actor-turned-occultist experimental filmmaker and author.
48: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 5: Doris Day and Terry Melcher
Jun 23, 2015 • 43 min
Charles Manson became convinced his best chance at rock stardom was impressing Terry Melcher, a record executive who had made stars out of The Byrds, who was also Doris Day’s son and Candice Bergen’s boyfriend.
47: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 4: Spahn Ranch and the Beatles’ White Album
Jun 16, 2015 • 38 min
After wearing out his welcome at Dennis Wilson’s house, Manson moves his family to Spahn Ranch, a dilapidated Western movie set where the cult starts preparing for Helter Skelter, Manson’s made-up apocalypse inspired by The Beatles.
46: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 3: The Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson, and Charles Manson, Songwriter
Jun 9, 2015 • 45 min
In this episode we’ll talk about Charlie Manson’s arrival in Los Angeles, discuss Dennis Wilson’s life and the role he played in enabling Manson’s rock n’ roll delusions, and explain how The Beach Boys came to record a song written by Charles Manson.
45: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 2: How Manson Found His Family
Jun 2, 2015 • 34 min
Today we’re tracing Charles Manson’s life from his birth to a teenage con artist, through multiple stints in reform schools and prisons, and finally to San Francisco circa 1967, where Manson began to try out his guru act on the local hippie kids.
44: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 1: What We Talk About When We Talk About The Manson Murders
May 26, 2015 • 35 min
This season, You Must Remember This will explore the murders committed in the summer of 1969 by followers of Charles Manson. Today, we’ll talk about what was going on in the show business capital that made Manson seem like a relatively normal guy.
43: Star Wars Episode XVI: Van Johnson
Apr 28, 2015 • 47 min
Van Johnson was MGM’s big, all-american heartthrob during World War II, an one of the most reliably bankable stars in Hollywood, on and off, for over a decade. Off-screen, he was an introvert with a mysterious personal life.
42: Star Wars Episode XV: Why John Wayne Didn’t Sign Up
Apr 21, 2015 • 41 min
No actor on movie screens in the 1940s embodied American patriotism and unpretentious masculinity better than John Wayne. But Wayne didn’t have the defining experience of most adult American men of the 1940s — Wayne didn’t enlist to serve in World War II.
41: Star Wars Episode XIV: Frank Sinatra Through 1945
Apr 14, 2015 • 29 min
Frank Sinatra’s rise to fame coincided almost exactly with the run up to and fighting of World War II. Unlike so many young men, famous or otherwise, Sinatra didn’t enlist, and the controversy over whether or not he was a draft dodger hung over his head.
40: The You Must Remember This One Year Anniversary Ask Us Anything Show
Apr 7, 2015 • 44 min
You Must Remember This turns one year old this month, and to celebrate, Karina takes questions from listeners. Topics range from book recommendations to the blacklist to baseball to Karina’s abandoned, unfinished novel.
39: Star Wars Episode XIII: Walt Disney
Mar 31, 2015 • 43 min
Walt Disney changed Hollywood and brought millions of children and adults boundless joy. And yet, Disney’s legacy is marred by the common perception that he was also a racist, misogynist and anti-semite.
38: Star Wars Episode XII: Bob Hope vs. Bing Crosby
Mar 24, 2015 • 42 min
Bob Hope is remembered as the 20th century celebrity most devoted to entertaining the troops. Bing Crosby, Hope’s partner on seven Road to… films, sang the song that became an unlikely alternate national anthem during World War II.
37: Star Wars Episode XI: Charlie Chaplin
Mar 17, 2015 • 37 min
Charlie Chaplin’s most successful (and controversial) film was The Great Dictator, a vicious satire of Adolf Hitler. We’ll explore the connections between the two men, and explain why most of Hollywood tried to stop the film from being made.
36: Star Wars Episode X: Errol Flynn
Mar 10, 2015 • 42 min
Errol Flynn arrived in Hollywood in 1934 and almost immediately became a massive star, his swashbuckler-persona propelling many of the decades biggest action hits. But his dashing good looks and life-of-the-party personality masked a shady past.
35: Star Wars Episode IX: Olivia de Havilland and John Huston, with Special Guest Rian Johnson
Mar 3, 2015 • 39 min
She was the raven-haired beauty whose lily white persona was forged by supporting roles in Gone With the Wind and several Errol Flynn swashbucklers. He was the real-life swashbuckler whose directorial debut, The Maltese Falcon, was an enormous success.
34: Star Wars Episode VIII: How Norma Jeane Became Marilyn Monroe
Feb 24, 2015 • 42 min
Today’s episode tells the secret, forgotten, and highly disputed story of the making of Marilyn Monroe, arguably the most potent Hollywood sex symbol of all time.
33: Star Wars Episode VII: Lena Horne
Feb 17, 2015 • 59 min
Stunning singer/actress Lena Horne was the first black performer to be given the full glamour girl star-making treatment. But as the years went on and her studio failed to make much use of her, Horne started feeling like a token — and she wasn’t wrong.
32: Star Wars Episode VI: Marlene Dietrich
Feb 10, 2015 • 35 min
One of the most glamorous stars of the 1930s — and also one of the first androgynous sex symbols — Marlene Dietrich was a German actress turned major Hollywood star, one who essentially became the USO’s female Bob Hope.
31: Star Wars Episode V: Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles
Feb 3, 2015 • 42 min
The Citizen Kane boy wonder’s second wife was the former Margarita Cansino — a dancer-turned-actress whose Hispanic heritage Hollywood went to great lengths to obscure.
30: Star Wars Episode IV: Gene Tierney (Or: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Chapter 5)
Jan 27, 2015 • 37 min
The luminous star of a number of key film noirs and melodramas of the 1940s, Gene Tierney’s personal life was highly dramatic and heartbreakingly tragic.
29: Star Wars Episode III: Hedy Lamarr
Jan 20, 2015 • 38 min
Hedy Lamarr was a pioneer in more ways than one, including, but not limited to, scandalous movie sex scenes, radio control technology, breast implants, frivolous lawsuits, and celebrity shoplifting.
28: Star Wars Episode II: Carole Lombard and Clark Gable
Jan 13, 2015 • 41 min
The queen of screwball comedies married the king of Hollywood in 1939, but Lombard’s 1942 death in a plane crash on the way home from a trip to sell war bonds drove Gable into a physical and emotional breakdown, and eventually the Army.
27: Star Wars Episode I: Bette Davis and the Hollywood Canteen
Jan 5, 2015 • 46 min
In the first installment of ‘Star Wars’ (about the experiences of stars during wartime, not Chewbacca or Mos Eisley), Karina Longworth looks at Bette Davis and the Hollywood Canteen.
26: Tales of Celebrity Drunkenness, 2014
Dec 23, 2014 • 39 min
In our first annual end-of-year clip show, we’ll listen to some of the booziest excerpts from the 25 episodes of You Must Remember This released thus far.
25: The Short Lives of Bruce and Brandon Lee
Dec 16, 2014 • 31 min
In this episode, we’ll explore what really happened to Bruce and Brandon Lee, and discuss how an extraordinarily talented artist went from a victim of Hollywood’s racism to one of the industry’s biggest moneymakers long after his death.
24: Mia Farrow in the 1960s, Part Two: Mia & Dory
Dec 9, 2014 • 36 min
Part Two of Mia Farrow in the 1960s traces Mia’s flight to India, studying transcendental meditation with the Beatles, the movies Secret Ceremony and John and Mary, her affair with Andre Previn, and the impact it had on Previn’s wife, Dory.
23: Mia Farrow in the 1960s, Part One: Mia & Frank
Nov 17, 2014 • 36 min
Before Mia Farrow was an outspoken activist, devoted mother to 14 children, and the famously jilted partner of Woody Allen, she was … a lot of other things. Today in the first of a two parter, we’ll begin to explore Mia Farrow’s life and career from…
22: Audrey Hepburn: Sex, Style, and Sabrina
Nov 11, 2014 • 35 min
Audrey Hepburn was the first glamorous actress whose style seemed to be to dress for herself, and not to appeal to men. Today we’re going to talk about a film which sparked this evolution, Sabrina.
21: The Birth of Barbra Streisand’s A Star is Born
Nov 4, 2014 • 38 min
There have been four Hollywood films made under the name and/or with the basic story of A Star is Born. The most reviled version is the one starring Barbra Streisand, made in 1976 and produced by Barbra’s hair dresser-turned-boyfriend Jon Peters.
20: Liz
Oct 28, 2014 • 35 min
Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift were best friends and co-stars in three films. This episode tracks Taylor’s relationship with the troubled Clift, from their first, studio-setup date through his untimely death.
19: Raquel Welch, From Pin-up to Pariah
Oct 21, 2014 • 33 min
Raquel Welch, a former cocktail waitress and divorced mother of two, found herself in the odd position of being an old-fashioned sex goddess in the age of flower children and feminism.
18: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Chapter 4: Jane Russell
Oct 14, 2014 • 41 min
Our long-running series on the women in the life of the infamous aviator/filmmaker continues with a look at Hughes’ professional and personal relationship with Jane Russell, which began in 1940 when Hughes randomly pulled a photograph of the 19 year-old…
17: Theda Bara, Hollywood’s First Sex Symbol
Oct 6, 2014 • 35 min
Theda Bara might be the most significant celebrity pioneer whose movies you’ve never seen. She was the movie industry’s first sex symbol; the first femme fatale; and she might have been America’s first homegrown goth.
16: Marlon Brando 1971-1973
Sep 29, 2014 • 40 min
This is the story of how, with two movies shot in 1971, Marlon Brando turned his career around, spent his regained celebrity capital on an act of social activism, and put Hollywood’s culture of self-adoration in its place.
15: Madonna, from Sean to Warren, Part Two
Sep 23, 2014 • 40 min
In the concluding chapter of a two-part episode about Madonna and movies, we talk about her mutually beneficial professional and personal involvement with Warren Beatty.
14: Bacall, After Bogart
Sep 16, 2014 • 32 min
When Humphrey Bogart died, Lauren Bacall was just 32 years old. This is the story of how Bacall spent the remaining 57 years of her life, and her lifelong struggle to find a balance between being Mrs. So-and-So, and being Lauren Bacall.
13: Bogart, Before Bacall
Sep 9, 2014 • 33 min
A look at how Humphrey Bogart became Bogey, tracing his journey from blue blood beginnings through years of undistinguished work and outright failure, to his emergence in the early 1940s as a symbol of wartime perseverance.
12: Madonna, from Sean to Warren, Part One
Sep 2, 2014 • 35 min
Over the course of two episodes, we will explore the high-cinephile period of Madonna’s life and work, roughly bracketed by her relationship with Sean Penn and ending with the dissolution of her rebound affair with Warren Beatty.
11: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes: Katharine Hepburn, 1938
Jul 25, 2014 • 27 min
A crossover episode, uniting our two ongoing series, The Many Loves of Howard Hughes and Follies of 1938, focusing on Hughes’ relationship with Katharine Hepburn, which peaked and crashed in 1938. Introduced by Hughes’ close confidant, Cary Grant, Hepburn…
10: Follies of 1938, Chapter 2: Kay Francis, Pretty Poison
Jul 18, 2014 • 33 min
In May 1938, the Independent Theater Owners Association published a full-page paid editorial in The Hollywood Reporter, branding a number of big stars — including Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Katherine Hepburn and others — as…
9: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Part 2: The Many Loves of Ida Lupino
Jul 10, 2014 • 34 min
In this second installment of our ongoing series, The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, we explore the life, loves and work of Ida Lupino. Hughes dated Lupino when she was a teenage starlet; nearly 20 years later, after Lupino had become the only working…
8: Follies of 1938, Part 1: Hollywood’s Greatest Year
Jul 2, 2014 • 18 min
This micro-episode sets up a topic we’ll be exploring throughout the summer: the films, stars and scandals of 1938. By midway through that year, Hollywood was in such a desperate downswing — and so concerned that Americans were losing interest not just in…
7: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Chapter 1
Jun 24, 2014 • 36 min
The first episode of a multi-part series on the Hollywood romances of Howard Hughes traces Hughes’ arranged marriage at age 18 to Southern society belle Ella Rice; his affairs with silent star Billie Dove and Jean Harlow, who Hughes helped to establish as…
6: Isabella Rossellini in the 1990s
Jun 17, 2014 • 32 min
Today we celebrate the 62nd birthday of actress/model/filmmaker Isabella Rossellini. She was born into Hollywood scandal: her mother, Ingrid Bergman, was denounced on the floor of Congress for her adulterous relationship with Isabella’s father, Italian…
5: The Lives, Deaths and Afterlives of Judy Garland
Jun 9, 2014 • 37 min
Today we’re commemorating the life and career of Judy Garland, who died 45 years ago this month. Signed to a studio contract at the age of 13, encouraged to become a pill addict as a teenage MGM contract player, crowned a superstar by The Wizard of Oz at…
4: (The Printing of) the Legend of Frances Farmer
May 27, 2014 • 31 min
During the last year of his life, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was obsessed with Frances Farmer, an actress from his hometown of Seattle who died in 1970. Farmer’s beauty and unique screen presence made her a star, but her no-bullshit ballsiness made her a…
3: Happy 110th Birthday, Val Lewton
May 7, 2014 • 35 min
A Very Special Halloween Episode! The writer-producer Val Lewton produced and ghost-wrote 11 films in just three years as head of the horror unit at RKO, many of which — Cat People, I Walked With A Zombie, The Curse of the Cat People, The Body Snatcher —…
2: Frank Sinatra in Outer Space
Apr 16, 2014 • 29 min
Welcome to the second episode of You Must Remember This, the podcast devoted to exploring the secret and or/forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. Today, we look back to 1979, when — while the music world was full of punk and post-disco coke…