You Must Remember This

You Must Remember This
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, former film critic for LA Weekly),

Terms of Endearment (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 7)
Jul 7 • 53 min
Polly’s third marriage falls apart, and she enters more than one destructive affair. During these tumultuous times, Polly establishes a new collaboration with a male writer-director, James L. Brooks, and together the two turn another Larry McMurtry novel…
Pretty Baby and a Playmate Murder (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 6)
Jun 30 • 56 min
In an attempt to save her family, Polly transitions to screenwriting and producing, basing the prostitution drama Pretty Baby, starring a pre-teen Brooke Shields, on her own daughter. Polly finds herself increasingly overcome by alcoholism, while dealing…
A Star is Born (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 5)
Jun 23 • 56 min
When Polly begins her own on-set affair, the double standard of what men can get away with in Hollywood versus what was expected for women would push her to a breaking point. With collaborating with her ex-husband no longer an option, Platt starts…
Orson Welles, What’s Up Doc, Paper Moon (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 4)
Jun 16 • 62 min
In the aftermath of The Last Picture Show — and the collapse of her second marriage — Polly finds an unlikely ally, and a new job, in Orson Welles. Anxious to build on her career momentum (and become the first female film art director accepted into her…
Last Picture Show Love Triangle (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 3)
Jun 9 • 56 min
At Polly’s urging, Peter decides to direct an adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s novel The Last Picture Show. Though credited only as the film’s “designer,” Polly is involved in every creative decision, including casting — and it’s with his pregnant-again…
Peter Bogdanovich and the Woman Behind the Auteur (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 2)
Jun 3 • 64 min
After the death of her first husband and creative partner, Polly moves to New York, where she swiftly meets and falls in love with Peter Bogdanovich. Together Polly and Peter build a life around the obsessive consumption of Hollywood movies, with Polly…
“It wasn’t sexism, then” (Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 1)
May 26 • 64 min
We’ll begin with a look at how Polly Platt’s legacy was appraised when she died in 2011. Then we’ll go back in time to tell Polly’s story from the start, beginning with her Revolutionary Road-esque childhood in Europe and America as the neglected daughter…
Sneak Peek: Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman, Episode 1
May 19 • 22 min
Excited for the new season? We can hardly wait to share the untold story of Polly Platt, the secret weapon behind some of the most highly acclaimed films of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. This audio journey will feature interviews and intimate details about…
Season Trailer: Polly Platt, The Invisible Woman
May 5 • 1 min
Polly Platt — producer, writer and Oscar-nominated production designer — lived an epic Hollywood life. And yet, if you know Platt’s name today, it’s probably because in 1970 her husband and creative collaborator Peter Bogdanovich had an affair with Cybill…
159: Vanessa Williams, Whitney Houston and Hollywood’s Misogynoir Problem (Make Me Over, Episode 8)
Mar 10 • 37 min
In 1983, Vanessa Williams became the first black woman to win Miss America. In 1984, a few weeks from the end of her reign, she was forced to step down when she found out Penthouse was going to publish unauthorized nude images of her in their magazine.…
158: The Hemingway Curse? Mariel and Margaux (Make Me Over, Episode 7)
Mar 3 • 44 min
A close look at the parallel lives of Margaux and Mariel Hemingway, sisters born with a world-famous last name that stood for both genius and self-destruction. Both rose to fame in the 1970s, Margaux as a supermodel and Mariel as an actress, and then both…
157: Cass Elliot, Carnie Wilson and Fat-Shaming in Rock and Pop (Make Me Over, Episode 6)
Feb 25 • 43 min
Cass Elliot didn’t die eating a ham sandwich. But the lasting power of that urban legend speaks to a far darker story. Elliot possessed one of the most influential voices of the 1960s. However, while her big break with The Mamas and The Papas and meteoric…
156: Esther Williams and the Birth of Waterproof Makeup (Make Me Over, Episode 5)
Feb 18 • 41 min
Esther Williams single-handedly helped popularize the pastime of swimming — first as the star swimmer of the San Francisco production of Billy Rose’s Aquacade, and then as the star of Hollywood films like Bathing Beauties and Million Dollar Mermaid.…
155: Passing for White: Merle Oberon (Make Me Over, Episode 4)
Feb 11 • 44 min
In 1935, Merle Oberon became the first biracial actress to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, an incredible achievement in then-segregated Hollywood — except that nobody in Hollywood knew Oberon was biracial. Born in Bombay into abject poverty in…
154: Marie Dressler, the First Female Star to Conquer Hollywood’s Ageism (Make Me Over, Episode 3)
Feb 4 • 43 min
In 1933, the biggest female star in American movies wasn’t a sex symbol like Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow or Marlene Dietrich. It was Marie Dressler — homely, overweight and over 60 years old. The public loved nothing better than to see their Marie play a…
153: Hollywood’s First Weight Loss Guru: Madame Sylvia (Make Me Over, Episode 2)
Jan 28 • 38 min
Glamorous and shrewd, Sylvia of Hollywood became the movie industry’s first weight-loss guru during the end of the silent era. An immigrant of mysterious origin, she would cannily market herself to clients like Gloria Swanson, who she promised to…
152: Hollywood’s First Weight Loss Surgery: Molly O’Day (Make Me Over, Episode 1)
Jan 21 • 34 min
At the age of 18, actress Molly O’Day’s career showed great promise — the only thing holding her back was a bit of pubescent pudge. When diets failed, she became the guinea pig of Hollywood’s first highly-publicized weight loss surgery. This was in 1929,…
Sneak Peek: Make Me Over
Jan 14 • 1 min
In this companion series to You Must Remember This, Karina Longworth will introduce eight stories about Hollywood’s intersection with the beauty industry. Told by writers and reporters known for their work at The New Yorker, the New York Times and other…
151: Splash Mountain (Six Degrees of Song of the South, Episode 6)
Nov 26, 2019 • 48 min
After two more successful theatrical releases, in 1980 and 1986, Disney decided to put Song of the South in the “Disney Vault” and never released it on home video or theatrically in the US ever again. And yet, at the same time, the company was developing…
150: Blaxploitation and the White Backlash (Six Degrees of Song of the South, Episode 5)
Nov 19, 2019 • 47 min
Song of the South’s most successful re-release came in 1972 at a time when Hollywood was dealing with race by making two very different kinds of movies: Blaxploitation films, which gave black audiences a chance to see black characters triumph against…
149: White Allies and the Blacklist: Maurice Rapf (Six Degrees of Song of the South, Episode 4)
Nov 12, 2019 • 47 min
Concerned that his movie about a former slave devoting his life to a white child’s emotional needs might be perceived as racist, Walt Disney hired known Communist Maurice Rapf to rewrite Song of the South. Rapf, the son of an MGM exec, was radicalized as…
148: “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” Minstrels in Hollywood and The Oscars (Six Degrees of Song of the South, Episode 3)
Nov 5, 2019 • 50 min
Song of the South’s most famous element is “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” a song written for the movie but reminiscent of a racist standard popularized in blackface minstrel shows of the 1830s. Today we’ll explore this song and the other ways in which minstrel…
147: Hattie McDaniel (Six Degrees of Song of the South, Episode 2)
Oct 29, 2019 • 59 min
Song of the South co-stars Hattie McDaniel, the first black performer to win an Oscar (for her supporting role as “Mammy” in Gone with the Wind). By the time Song of the South was released, McDaniel was the subject of much criticism in the black community…
146: Disney’s Most Controversial Film (Six Degrees of Song of the South, Episode 1)
Oct 22, 2019 • 56 min
Disney Plus is launching with the stated intention of streaming the entire Disney library… except for “Song of the South,” a 1946 animation/live-action hybrid film set on a post-Civil War plantation. It was theatrically re-released as recently as 1986,…
Sneak Peek: Six Degrees of “Song of the South”
Oct 16, 2019 • 2 min
This season, we explore the most controversial film in the history of Disney Animation. With the launch of Disney Plus, the company’s entire library could be made available for streaming. The one film promised to remain locked away is “Song of the South,”…
145: Ramon Novarro (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 19)
Jan 29, 2019 • 51 min
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…
144: The Trials of Confidential Magazine: Maureen O’Hara (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 18)
Jan 22, 2019 • 34 min
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…
143: The Trials of Confidential Magazine: Dorothy Dandridge (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 17)
Jan 15, 2019 • 45 min
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…
142: Bugsy Siegel (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 16)
Jan 8, 2019 • 37 min
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…
141: Marlene Dietrich, Claudette Colbert, and the “sewing circle” (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 15)
Dec 25, 2018 • 43 min
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…
140: Lupe Velez (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 14)
Dec 18, 2018 • 47 min
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…
139: Mary Astor’s Diary (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 13)
Dec 11, 2018 • 52 min
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,…
138: Mae West (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 12)
Dec 4, 2018 • 51 min
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…
137: Gina Lollobrigida (The Seduced, Episode 6)
Nov 20, 2018 • 40 min
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…
136: Yvonne De Carlo
Nov 13, 2018 • 42 min
The Seduced, Episode 5
135: Linda Darnell (The Seduced, Episode 4)
Nov 6, 2018 • 43 min
The Seduced, Episode 4
134: Ann Dvorak (The Seduced, Episode 3)
Oct 30, 2018 • 46 min
The child of a silent film actress, Dvorak was so determined to be a star that at first, she wouldn’t take no for an answer.
133: The Bacchanal of 1920s Hollywood, via Frederica Sagor Maas (The Seduced Episode 2)
Oct 23, 2018 • 37 min
Seduction begins at an MGM sponsored orgy at the Ambassador Hotel, as told through the eyes of one of the attendees, a young female screenwriter named Frederica Sagor. Sagor would go on to pen one of the frankest memoirs of 1920s Hollywood, revealing the…
Rupert Hughes’s Women (The Seduced, Episode 1)
Oct 16, 2018 • 46 min
We’ll begin the season by talking about the complicated, intermingled romantic and professional relationships of Howard’s uncle, Rupert Hughes, who paved the way for his nephew as a Hollywood figure known for his colorful history with women.
Clara Bow (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 11)
Sep 11, 2018 • 60 min
We’ll close this half of our Hollywood Babylon season with one of that book’s most famously distorted stories: the tale of “It” Girl Clara Bow’s supposed nymphomania and alleged “tackling” of the entire USC football team.
Rudolph Valentino (Fake News: Fact-Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 10)
Sep 4, 2018 • 56 min
Rudolph Valentino was Hollywood’s first “latin lover.” His shocking death at the age of 31 was attributed to side effects from an appendectomy, but Hollywood Babylon forwards theories that Valentino may have actually been poisoned
Thomas Ince and the Hearst “Coverup” (Fake News: Fact-Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 9)
Aug 28, 2018 • 42 min
Thomas Ince was one of early Hollywood’s most pioneering producers—in fact, some credit him for popularizing “producer” as a job title and for codifying what it meant to do the job, as well as helping to develop the Western as a genre.
Peggy Hopkins Joyce and Charlie Chaplin (Fake News: Fact-Checking Hollywood Babylon, Episode 8)
Aug 21, 2018 • 61 min
The Kim Kardashian of her day, Peggy Hopkins Joyce was famous for being rich and famous—and for her marriages and involvements with rich and famous men, including Charlie Chaplin.
Will Hays and “Pre-Code” Hollywood (Fake News: Fact-Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 7)
Aug 14, 2018 • 49 min
Who was Will Hays, and how did he come to put his name on the censorship “Code” that would shape the content of movies more than any other single force from the early 1930s into the 1960s?
Wallace Reid (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 6)
Aug 7, 2018 • 57 min
According to Hollywood Babylon, actor Wallace Reid —a morphine addict who died in an asylum at the age of 31—was the first sacrificial lamb of the post-sandal era
Mabel Normand (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 5)
Jul 31, 2018 • 45 min
A frequent co-star of Roscoe Arbuckle’s, Mabel Normand was the definitive female screen comedienne of her generation.
William Desmond Taylor (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 4)
Jul 24, 2018 • 43 min
The killing of director William Desmond Taylor was the third in a trifecta of scandals which, over the course of about a year and a half, painted such a sordid a picture of the movie colony as a hotbed of sin
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and Virginia Rappe (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 3)
Jul 17, 2018 • 69 min
At a boozy party over Labor Day weekend 1921, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, silent Hollywood’s superstar plus-size comedian, followed sometime actress Virginia Rappe into a hotel room.
Olive Thomas (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 2)
Jul 10, 2018 • 48 min
The first Hollywood scandal to attract international attention was the death-by-poison of Olive Thomas, the twenty-five-year old star of au courant Hollywood hit The Flapper.
D.W. Griffith, the Gish Sisters and the origin of “Hollywood Babylon” (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 1)
Jul 3, 2018 • 51 min
This season will interrogate Kenneth Anger’s controversial and influential gossip collection, Hollywood Babylon. Is this cult classic a needed subversive attack on Hollywood’s false idols, or a dangerous work of “fake news”?
120: Boris and Roger Corman (Bela & Boris Part 6)
Nov 21, 2017 • 47 min
Where Bela Lugosi lived his last decade in sad obscurity, Boris Karloff worked until the very end of his life, even as his body began to fall apart.
119: Bela and Ed Wood (Bela & Boris Part 5)
Nov 14, 2017 • 41 min
Forgotten by Hollywood, struggling with morphine addiction and a dependency on alcohol, at the end of his life Bela Lugosi was welcomed into a rag tag bunch of micro-budget movie-making freaks led by Edward D. Wood Jr.
118: Bela vs. Boris (Bela & Boris Part 4)
Nov 7, 2017 • 54 min
Lugosi and Karloff, the two stars made by Universal’s monster movies, made eight films together.
117: Boris and the Monsters (Bela & Boris Part 3)
Oct 31, 2017 • 54 min
After twenty years as a journeyman actor/laborer, Boris Karloff became an instant superstar as the Monster in Frankenstein (1931).
116: Bela and the Vampires (Bela & Boris Part 2)
Oct 24, 2017 • 62 min
With Dracula (1931), Bela Lugosi instantly became the first horror star of sound cinema.
115: Where the Monsters Came From (Bela & Boris Part 1)
Oct 17, 2017 • 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.
114: The Last of Jean/Jane Works Out (Jean & Jane Part 9)
Aug 22, 2017 • 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 (Jean & Jane Part 8)
Aug 15, 2017 • 63 min
Jean buries her child in Iowa, and then returns to Paris in a fragile mental state. Back in the States, Jane subsumes her passion for activism into her new marriage to Tom Hayden, and works to get her movie career back on track.
112: Hanoi Jane & The FBI vs. Jean Seberg’s Baby (Jean & Jane Part 7)
Aug 8, 2017 • 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.
111: Jean and Jane Become Public Enemies (Jean & Jane Part 6)
Aug 1, 2017 • 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.
110: Jane vs “Barbarella” (Jean & Jane Part 5)
Jul 25, 2017 • 50 min
Having coaxed Jane into participating in an open marriage, Roger Vadim began casting her in films as a male fantasy of female sexual liberation.
109: Jean vs “Lilith” (Jean & Jane Part 4)
Jul 18, 2017 • 50 min
Having left her husband to be the mistress of 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.
108: Jean and Jane in Paris (Jean & Jane Part 3)
Jul 11, 2017 • 49 min
Jean takes a chance on a French film critic turned first-time director, and Jane gets her own invitation to come make a movie in Paris.
107: Jean and Otto Preminger/Jane in New York (Jean & Jane Part 2)
Jul 4, 2017 • 54 min
Jean Seberg makes her first two films for tyrannical director Otto Preminger. Meanwhile, Jane Fonda moves to New York, joins the Actors Studio, and tries to define herself.
106: Hollywood Royalty/Middle-American Martyr (Jean & Jane Part 1)
Jun 27, 2017 • 41 min
Introducing our new series, “Jean and Jane,” exploring the parallel lives of Jane Fonda and Jean Seberg.
105: Dorothy Stratten (Dead Blondes Part 13)
Apr 25, 2017 • 44 min
Our Dead Blondes season concludes with the story of Dorothy Stratten.
104: Barbara Loden (Dead Blondes Part 12)
Apr 18, 2017 • 43 min
Barbara Loden won a Tony Award for playing a character based on Marilyn Monroe in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall.
103: Grace Kelly (Dead Blondes Part 11)
Apr 11, 2017 • 49 min
Grace Kelly had an apparently charmed life. Was it all as perfect as it seemed?
102: Barbara Payton (Dead Blondes Part 10)
Apr 4, 2017 • 44 min
Today, we revisit Barbara Payton’s story: her rise to quasi-fame, and the slippery slope that reduced her from “most likely to succeed” to informal prostitution, to formal prostitution, and finally to a way-too-early grave.
101: Jayne Mansfield (Dead Blondes Part 9)
Mar 28, 2017 • 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.
100: Marilyn Monroe: The End (Dead Blondes Part 8)
Mar 21, 2017 • 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?
99: Marilyn Monroe: The Persona (Dead Blondes Part 7)
Mar 14, 2017 • 40 min
How did Marilyn Monroe become the most iconic blonde of the 1950s, if not the century?
98: Marilyn Monroe: The Beginning (Dead Blondes Part 6)
Mar 7, 2017 • 44 min
Today we begin the first of three episodes on the most iconic dead blonde of them all, Marilyn Monroe.
97: Carole Landis (Dead Blondes Part 5)
Feb 28, 2017 • 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.
96: Veronica Lake (Dead Blondes Part 4)
Feb 21, 2017 • 47 min
Veronica Lake had the most famous hairdo of the 1940s, if not the twentieth century.
95: Jean Harlow Flashback (Dead Blondes Part 3)
Feb 14, 2017 • 42 min
Jean Harlow was the top blonde of the 1930s, and even though she didn’t survive the decade, she’d inspire a generation of would-be platinum-haired bombshell stars.
94: Thelma Todd (Dead Blondes Part 2)
Feb 7, 2017 • 43 min
Thelma Todd was a sparkling comedienne who began in the silent era and flourished in the talkies, holding her own opposite the Marx Brothers & playing straight woman in one of cinema’s first all-girl comedy teams.
93: Peg Entwistle (Dead Blondes Part 1)
Jan 31, 2017 • 45 min
This season we’re going to explore the stories of 11 blonde actresses who died unusual, untimely or otherwise notable deaths - which, in various ways, have outshined these actress’ lives.
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.
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.
90: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: The Middle Years (Mildred Pierce to Johnny Guitar)
Aug 30, 2016 • 47 min
Joan Crawford struggled through her “middle years,” the period during her 40s before she remade herself from aging, MGM deadweight into a fleet, journeywoman powerhouse.
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 and a new marriage to Franchot Tone.
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.
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 - was like before she got to Hollywood, and what Hollywood was like before she got there.
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?
85: The Blacklist Part 15: Frank Sinatra and Albert Maltz (Breaking The Blacklist, Part 1)
Jun 14, 2016 • 40 min
Sinatra’s attempts to hire Hollywood 10 member Albert Maltz, plus his rocky relationship with JFK.
Blacklist Flashback: Frank Sinatra through 1945
Jun 7, 2016 • 35 min
Sinatra’s rise to fame and his experiences during World War II
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.
83: The Blacklist Part 13: On the Waterfront: Elia Kazan
May 24, 2016 • 47 min
A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and East of Eden were made possible because their director named names.
82: The Blacklist Part 12: Stormy Weather: Lena Horne + Paul Robeson
May 17, 2016 • 42 min
Horne, who from the beginning of her career had associated with leftists and “agitators,” got caught up in the anti-communist insanity. One of those agitators was Paul Robeson.
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.
81: The Blacklist Part 11: Born Yesterday: Judy Holliday
May 3, 2016 • 43 min
The one star who was subpoenaed to testify about her ties to Communism who was fully supported by her studio.
80: The Blacklist Part 10: Salt of the Earth: Howard Hughes + Paul Jarrico
Apr 26, 2016 • 52 min
The first screenwriter to be taken to court by a studio over his blacklist firing.
Blacklist Flashback: Howard Hughes + Jane Russell
Apr 19, 2016 • 48 min
Ava Gardner gets violent, Hughes’ 15 year-old muse, and how Russell’s boobs did what the Spruce Goose couldn’t.
79: The Blacklist Part 9: She: Richard Nixon + Helen Gahagan Douglas
Apr 12, 2016 • 48 min
From a Broadway and opera star to an exciting politician in the days of FDR.
78: The Blacklist Part 8: Storm Warning: Ronald Reagan, the FBI and HUAC
Apr 5, 2016 • 33 min
From movie actor to politician, from Democrat to Republican.
77: The Blacklist Part 7: Monsieur Verdoux: Charlie Chaplin’s Road to Hollywood Exile
Mar 29, 2016 • 36 min
The witch hunt that forced him to leave his adopted home, and Hollywood career, behind.
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.
76: The Blacklist Part 6: He Ran All The Way: John Garfield
Mar 15, 2016 • 45 min
The biggest star to ever be blacklisted.
75: The Blacklist Part 5: The Strange Love of Barbara Stanwyck: Robert Taylor
Mar 8, 2016 • 45 min
Barbara Stanwyck’s second marriage, to heartthrob Robert Taylor, didn’t make sense in a lot of ways, but the pair were united by their conservative politics.
74: The Blacklist Part 4: The African Queen: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and John Huston
Mar 1, 2016 • 47 min
With their career futures uncertain, the trio collaborated on the most difficult film any of them would ever make.
Blacklist Flashback: Bogey Before Bacall
Feb 23, 2016 • 40 min
Prepare for next week’s Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and John Huston episode with this look back at Ep 13.
73: The Blacklist Part 3: Dorothy Parker
Feb 16, 2016 • 49 min
Much to the surprise of many of even her closest friends, beginning in the late 1920s the celebrated poet and New Yorker columnist became increasingly drawn to socialist causes.
72: The Blacklist Part 2: Crossfire – The Trials of the Hollywood Ten
Feb 9, 2016 • 54 min
In 1947, HUAC subpoenaed dozens of Hollywood workers to come to Washington and testify to the presence of Communists in the film industry.
71: The Blacklist Part 1: The Prehistory of the Blacklist
Feb 2, 2016 • 48 min
With America increasingly paranoid that it and the Soviet Union were destined to demolish one another through nuclear war, anyone who had connections to Communism was seen by some as a potential threat to national security.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
The studio fixer who covered up the darker, more scandalous actions of MGM’s biggest names.
62: MGM Stories Part 7: MGM’s children: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland
Oct 27, 2015 • 40 min
MGM’s children: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland
61: MGM Stories Part 6: Jean Harlow
Oct 20, 2015 • 41 min
The archetype of a blonde sex goddess.
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…
59: MGM Stories Part 4: John Gilbert and Greta Garbo
Oct 6, 2015 • 35 min
Hollywood’s first great, tragic love affair.
58: MGM Stories Part 3: Buster Keaton’s Biggest Mistake
Sep 29, 2015 • 42 min
The indie master of vaudeville sells out.
57: MGM Stories Part 2: Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst, and Citizen Kane
Sep 22, 2015 • 36 min
The real couple behind Hollywood’s greatest film.
56: MGM Stories Part 1: Louis B. Mayer vs. Irving Thalberg
Sep 15, 2015 • 39 min
The rise of the most powerful man in Hollywood.
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…
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…
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…
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 • 43 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…
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…
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…
17: Theda Bara, Hollywood’s First Sex Symbol
Oct 6, 2014 • 36 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,…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…