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 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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134: Ann Dvorak (The Seduced, Episode 3)

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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.

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Oct 29, 2018

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56 min
Sep 3, 2018
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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

61 min
Aug 20, 2018
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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.

49 min
Aug 14, 2018
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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?

57 min
Aug 7, 2018
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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

45 min
Jul 31, 2018
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A frequent co-star of Roscoe Arbuckle’s, Mabel Normand was the definitive female screen comedienne of her generation.

43 min
Jul 24, 2018
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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

69 min
Jul 17, 2018
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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.

48 min
Jul 10, 2018
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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.

51 min
Jul 2, 2018
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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”?

47 min
Nov 21, 2017
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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.

41 min
Nov 14, 2017
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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.

54 min
Nov 7, 2017
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Lugosi and Karloff, the two stars made by Universal’s monster movies, made eight films together.

54 min
Oct 31, 2017
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After twenty years as a journeyman actor/laborer, Boris Karloff became an instant superstar as the Monster in Frankenstein (1931).

62 min
Oct 24, 2017
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With Dracula (1931), Bela Lugosi instantly became the first horror star of sound cinema.

36 min
Oct 16, 2017
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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.

51 min
Aug 21, 2017
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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.

63 min
Aug 15, 2017
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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.

66 min
Aug 8, 2017
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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.

62 min
Aug 1, 2017
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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.

50 min
Jul 24, 2017
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Having coaxed Jane into participating in an open marriage, Roger Vadim began casting her in films as a male fantasy of female sexual liberation.

50 min
Jul 18, 2017
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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.

49 min
Jul 11, 2017
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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.

54 min
Jul 4, 2017
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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.

41 min
Jun 27, 2017
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Introducing our new series, “Jean and Jane,” exploring the parallel lives of Jane Fonda and Jean Seberg.

44 min
Apr 25, 2017
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Our Dead Blondes season concludes with the story of Dorothy Stratten.

43 min
Apr 18, 2017
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Barbara Loden won a Tony Award for playing a character based on Marilyn Monroe in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall.

49 min
Apr 11, 2017
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Grace Kelly had an apparently charmed life. Was it all as perfect as it seemed?

44 min
Apr 4, 2017
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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.

41 min
Mar 28, 2017
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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.

45 min
Mar 20, 2017
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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?

40 min
Mar 14, 2017
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How did Marilyn Monroe become the most iconic blonde of the 1950s, if not the century?

44 min
Mar 7, 2017
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Today we begin the first of three episodes on the most iconic dead blonde of them all, Marilyn Monroe.

46 min
Feb 27, 2017
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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.

46 min
Feb 20, 2017
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Veronica Lake had the most famous hairdo of the 1940s, if not the twentieth century.

42 min
Feb 13, 2017
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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.

43 min
Feb 6, 2017
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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.

45 min
Jan 30, 2017
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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.

58 min
Sep 13, 2016
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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.

42 min
Sep 6, 2016
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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.

47 min
Aug 30, 2016
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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.

45 min
Aug 23, 2016
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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.

39 min
Aug 16, 2016
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Joan Crawford’s early years in Hollywood were like - well, a pre-code Joan Crawford movie.

39 min
Aug 16, 2016
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Joan Crawford’s early years in Hollywood were like - well, a pre-code Joan Crawford movie.

40 min
Aug 9, 2016
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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.

40 min
Jun 14, 2016
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Sinatra's attempts to hire Hollywood 10 member Albert Maltz, plus his rocky relationship with JFK.

35 min
Jun 7, 2016
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Sinatra’s rise to fame and his experiences during World War II

50 min
May 31, 2016
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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.

47 min
May 24, 2016
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A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, and East of Eden were made possible because their director named names.

42 min
May 17, 2016
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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.

64 min
May 10, 2016
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Stunning singer/actress Lena Horne was the first black performer to be given the full glamour girl star-making treatment.

43 min
May 3, 2016
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The one star who was subpoenaed to testify about her ties to Communism who was fully supported by her studio.

52 min
Apr 26, 2016
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The first screenwriter to be taken to court by a studio over his blacklist firing.

48 min
Apr 19, 2016
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Ava Gardner gets violent, Hughes’ 15 year-old muse, and how Russell’s boobs did what the Spruce Goose couldn’t.

48 min
Apr 12, 2016
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From a Broadway and opera star to an exciting politician in the days of FDR.

48 min
Apr 12, 2016
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From a Broadway and opera star to an exciting politician in the days of FDR.

33 min
Apr 5, 2016
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From movie actor to politician, from Democrat to Republican.

33 min
Apr 5, 2016
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From movie actor to politician, from Democrat to Republican.

36 min
Mar 29, 2016
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The witch hunt that forced him to leave his adopted home, and Hollywood career, behind.

36 min
Mar 29, 2016
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The witch hunt that forced him to leave his adopted home, and Hollywood career, behind.

43 min
Mar 22, 2016
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In 1922, Charlie Chaplin was one of the most beloved men in the world.

45 min
Mar 15, 2016
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The biggest star to ever be blacklisted.

45 min
Mar 15, 2016
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The biggest star to ever be blacklisted.

45 min
Mar 8, 2016
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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.

45 min
Mar 8, 2016
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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.

47 min
Mar 1, 2016
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With their career futures uncertain, the trio collaborated on the most difficult film any of them would ever make.

47 min
Mar 1, 2016
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With their career futures uncertain, the trio collaborated on the most difficult film any of them would ever make.

40 min
Feb 23, 2016
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Prepare for next week's Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and John Huston episode with this look back at Ep 13.

49 min
Feb 16, 2016
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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.

49 min
Feb 16, 2016
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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.

54 min
Feb 9, 2016
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In 1947, HUAC subpoenaed dozens of Hollywood workers to come to Washington and testify to the presence of Communists in the film industry.

54 min
Feb 9, 2016
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In 1947, HUAC subpoenaed dozens of Hollywood workers to come to Washington and testify to the presence of Communists in the film industry.

48 min
Feb 2, 2016
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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.

48 min
Feb 2, 2016
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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.

47 min
Dec 22, 2015
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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...

47 min
Dec 22, 2015
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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...

43 min
Dec 15, 2015
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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...

43 min
Dec 15, 2015
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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...

41 min
Dec 8, 2015
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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...

41 min
Dec 8, 2015
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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...

43 min
Dec 1, 2015
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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...

43 min
Dec 1, 2015
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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...

43 min
Nov 24, 2015
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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...

43 min
Nov 24, 2015
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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...

30 min
Nov 17, 2015
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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...

30 min
Nov 17, 2015
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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...

40 min
Nov 10, 2015
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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...

40 min
Nov 10, 2015
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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...

40 min
Nov 3, 2015
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The studio fixer who covered up the darker, more scandalous actions of MGM’s biggest names.

40 min
Nov 3, 2015
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The studio fixer who covered up the darker, more scandalous actions of MGM’s biggest names.

40 min
Oct 27, 2015
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MGM's children: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland

40 min
Oct 27, 2015
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MGM's children: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland

41 min
Oct 20, 2015
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The archetype of a blonde sex goddess.

41 min
Oct 20, 2015
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The archetype of a blonde sex goddess.

37 min
Oct 13, 2015
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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...

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