You Must Remember This

149 EpisodesProduced by Slate Magazine

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), who writes, narrates, records and edits each epis… read more

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145: Ramon Novarro (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 19)

January 29th, 2019

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 …

144: The Trials of Confidential Magazine: Maureen O'Hara (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 18)

January 22nd, 2019

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 …

143: The Trials of Confidential Magazine: Dorothy Dandridge (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 17)

January 15th, 2019

Over two episodes, we will explore Hollywood Babylon’s coverage of Confidential Magazine and the two celebrities who testified against the scandal …

142: Bugsy Siegel (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 16)

January 8th, 2019

Jewish gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel is frequently credited with corrupting Hollywood’s unions and “inventing” Las Vegas. Siegel did have movie …

141: Marlene Dietrich, Claudette Colbert, and the “sewing circle” (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 15)

December 25th, 2018

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. …

140: Lupe Velez (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 14)

December 18th, 2018

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 …

139: Mary Astor's Diary (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 13)

December 11th, 2018

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 …

138: Mae West (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 12)

December 4th, 2018

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 …

137: Gina Lollobrigida (The Seduced, Episode 6)

November 20th, 2018

This Italian pin-up, along with Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot, was emblematic of a brand of post-war European sexuality that America happily …

136: Yvonne De Carlo

November 13th, 2018

The future Lily Munster became a star when producer Walter Wanger cast her in Salome, Where She Danced (1945). A curvaceous brunette in her early …

135: Linda Darnell (The Seduced, Episode 4)

November 6th, 2018

A stunning brunette sex symbol married to cinematographer Pev Marley, Darnell thought her affair with Howard Hughes would result in marriage to the …

134: Ann Dvorak (The Seduced, Episode 3)

October 30th, 2018

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. Her big break came when …

133: The Bacchanal of 1920s Hollywood, via Frederica Sagor Maas (The Seduced Episode 2)

October 23rd, 2018

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 …

132: Rupert Hughes's Women (The Seduced, Episode 1)

October 16th, 2018

In the new book Seduction: Sex, Lies and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood, Karina Longworth explores the lives and careers of over a dozen …

131: Clara Bow (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 11)

September 11th, 2018

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 …

130: Rudolph Valentino (Fake News: Fact-Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 10)

September 4th, 2018

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

129: Thomas Ince and the Hearst "Coverup" (Fake News: Fact-Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 9)

August 28th, 2018

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 …

128: Peggy Hopkins Joyce and Charlie Chaplin (Fake News: Fact-Checking Hollywood Babylon, Episode 8)

August 21st, 2018

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 …

127: Will Hays and "Pre-Code" Hollywood (Fake News: Fact-Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 7)

August 14th, 2018

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 …

126: Wallace Reid (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 6)

August 7th, 2018

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 …

125: Mabel Normand (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 5)

July 31st, 2018

A frequent co-star of Roscoe Arbuckle’s, Mabel Normand was the definitive female screen comedienne of her generation. But it wasn’t her association with Arbuckle that brought Normand’s career to an abrupt close and her …

124: William Desmond Taylor (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 4)

July 24th, 2018

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 …

123: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Virginia Rappe (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 3)

July 17th, 2018

At a boozy party over Labor Day weekend 1921, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, silent Hollywood’s superstar plus-size comedian, followed sometime actress …

122: Olive Thomas (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 2)

July 10th, 2018

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 …

121: D.W. Griffith, the Gish Sisters and the origin of "Hollywood Babylon" (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 1)

July 3rd, 2018

This season will interrogate Kenneth Anger’s controversial and influential gossip collection, Hollywood Babylon. Is this cult classic a needed …

120: Boris and Roger Corman (Bela & Boris Part 6)

November 21st, 2017

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)

November 14th, 2017

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 …

118: Bela vs. Boris (Bela & Boris Part 4)

November 7th, 2017

Lugosi and Karloff, the two stars made by Universal’s monster movies, made eight films together. Today we’ll dive deep into some of these movies (including The Black Cat, The Raven, Son of Frankenstein and Val Lewton’s

117: Boris and the Monsters (Bela & Boris Part 3)

October 31st, 2017

After twenty years as a journeyman actor/laborer, Boris Karloff became an instant superstar as the Monster in Frankenstein (1931). Today we’ll explore how Karloff, unlike Lugosi, managed to maintain a steady stardom …

116: Bela and the Vampires (Bela & Boris Part 2)

October 24th, 2017

With Dracula (1931), Bela Lugosi instantly became the first horror star of sound cinema. It’s not easy being a trailblazer, and Bela would have …

115: Where the Monsters Came From (Bela & Boris Part 1)

October 17th, 2017

Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff were two middle-aged, foreign, struggling actors who became huge stars thanks to Dracula and Frankenstein, the first …

114: The Last of Jean/Jane Works Out (Jean & Jane Part 9)

August 22nd, 2017

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)

August 15th, 2017

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 …

112: Hanoi Jane & The FBI vs. Jean Seberg’s Baby (Jean & Jane Part 7)

August 8th, 2017

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 …

111: Jean and Jane Become Public Enemies (Jean & Jane Part 6)

August 1st, 2017

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 …

110: Jane vs "Barbarella" (Jean & Jane Part 5)

July 25th, 2017

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 …

109: Jean vs "Lilith" (Jean & Jane Part 4)

July 18th, 2017

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 …

108: Jean and Jane in Paris (Jean & Jane Part 3)

July 11th, 2017

With her Hollywood career already something of a disappointment, Jean Seberg took a chance on a French film critic turned first-time director who …

107: Jean and Otto Preminger/Jane in New York (Jean & Jane Part 2)

July 4th, 2017

Jean Seberg made her first two films, Saint Joan and Bonjour Tristesse, for director Otto Preminger, a tyrannical svengali character whose methods …

106: Hollywood Royalty/Middle-American Martyr (Jean & Jane Part 1)

June 27th, 2017

Introducing our new series, “Jean and Jane,” exploring the parallel lives of Jane Fonda and Jean Seberg, two white American actresses who found great …

105: Dorothy Stratten (Dead Blondes Part 13)

April 25th, 2017

Our Dead Blondes season concludes with the story of Dorothy Stratten. Coaxed into nude modeling by Paul Snider, her sleazy boyfriend-turned-husband, …

104: Barbara Loden (Dead Blondes Part 12)

April 18th, 2017

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 …

103: Grace Kelly (Dead Blondes Part 11)

April 11th, 2017

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 …

102: Barbara Payton (Dead Blondes Part 10)

April 4th, 2017

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 …

101: Jayne Mansfield (Dead Blondes Part 9)

March 28th, 2017

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 …

100: Marilyn Monroe: The End (Dead Blondes Part 8)

March 21st, 2017

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 …

99: Marilyn Monroe: The Persona (Dead Blondes Part 7)

March 14th, 2017

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, …

98: Marilyn Monroe: The Beginning (Dead Blondes Part 6)

March 7th, 2017

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 …

97: Carole Landis (Dead Blondes Part 5)

February 28th, 2017

Carole Landis was a gifted comedienne, a decent singer, and - once she dyed her natural brown hair blonde - perhaps the most luminous beauty in …

96: Veronica Lake (Dead Blondes Part 4)

February 21st, 2017

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 …

95: Jean Harlow Flashback (Dead Blondes Part 3)

February 14th, 2017

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 …

94: Thelma Todd (Dead Blondes Part 2)

February 7th, 2017

Thelma Todd - a curvaceous white-blonde who predated Jean Harlow - was a sparkling comedienne who began in the silent era and flourished in the …

93: Peg Entwistle (Dead Blondes Part 1)

January 31st, 2017

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 …

92: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Mommie Dearest

September 13th, 2016

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 …

91: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Bette Davis, "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?," and Crawford’s last years

September 6th, 2016

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 …

90: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: The Middle Years (Mildred Pierce to Johnny Guitar)

August 30th, 2016

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 …

89: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Clark Gable, Franchot Tone and Barbara Payton

August 23rd, 2016

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 …

88: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. / Our Dancing Daughters to Grand Hotel

August 16th, 2016

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 …

87: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Douglas Fairbanks / Lucille LeSueur Goes to Hollywood

August 9th, 2016

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 …

86: The Blacklist Part 16: Kirk Douglas, Dalton Trumbo, and Otto Preminger (Breaking the Blacklist, Part 2)

June 21st, 2016

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 …

85: The Blacklist Part 15: Frank Sinatra and Albert Maltz (Breaking The Blacklist, Part 1)

June 14th, 2016

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 …

Blacklist Flashback: Frank Sinatra through 1945

June 7th, 2016

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 …

84: The Blacklist Part 14: After the Fall: Arthur Miller

May 31st, 2016

Arthur Miller considered Elia Kazan a close friend and collaborator, but when Kazan named names to HUAC, Miller broke with him and wrote The …

83: The Blacklist Part 13: On the Waterfront: Elia Kazan

May 24th, 2016

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 …

82: The Blacklist Part 12: Stormy Weather: Lena Horne + Paul Robeson

May 17th, 2016

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 …

Blacklist Flashback: Lena Horne During WWII

May 10th, 2016

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 …

81: The Blacklist Part 11: Born Yesterday: Judy Holliday

May 3rd, 2016

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 …

80: The Blacklist Part 10: Salt of the Earth: Howard Hughes + Paul Jarrico

April 26th, 2016

Today we explore one of the more troubling aspects of Howard Hughes’ legacy: the firm hand he played in enforcing the blacklisting of Hollywood …

Blacklist Flashback: Howard Hughes + Jane Russell

April 19th, 2016

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 …

79: The Blacklist Part 9: She: Richard Nixon + Helen Gahagan Douglas

April 12th, 2016

The wife of actor Melvyn Douglas (Ninotchka, Being There), Helen Gahagan Douglas transformed herself from a Broadway and opera star into an exciting …

78: The Blacklist Part 8: Storm Warning: Ronald Reagan, the FBI and HUAC

April 5th, 2016

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 …

77: The Blacklist Part 7: Monsieur Verdoux: Charlie Chaplin's Road to Hollywood Exile

March 29th, 2016

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 …

Blacklist Flashback: Charlie Chaplin During World War II

March 22nd, 2016

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 …

76: The Blacklist Part 6: He Ran All The Way: John Garfield

March 15th, 2016

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 …

75: The Blacklist Part 5: The Strange Love of Barbara Stanwyck: Robert Taylor

March 8th, 2016

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 …

74: The Blacklist Part 4: The African Queen: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and John Huston

March 1st, 2016

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 …

Blacklist Flashback: Bogey Before Bacall

February 23rd, 2016

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 …

73: The Blacklist Part 3: Dorothy Parker

February 16th, 2016

The New Yorker columnist, poet and celebrated Algonquin Roundtable wit spent years in Hollywood, working as a screenwriter in partnership with her …

72: The Blacklist Part 2: Crossfire – The Trials of the Hollywood Ten

February 9th, 2016

In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee subpoenaed dozens of Hollywood workers to come to Washington and testify to the presence of …

71: The Blacklist Part 1: The Prehistory of the Blacklist

February 2nd, 2016

This episode will trace the roots of both communism and anti-communism in Hollywood, through the Depression, union struggles and scandals, and World …

70: MGM Stories Part 15: Mayer’s Downfall

December 22nd, 2015

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 …

69: MGM Stories Part 14: Elizabeth Taylor, The MGM Years

December 15th, 2015

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 …

68: MGM Stories Part 13: Gloria Grahame

December 8th, 2015

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 …

67: MGM Stories Part 12: Lana Turner

December 1st, 2015

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 …

66: MGM Stories Part 11: David O. Selznick Part Two: Jennifer Jones and Robert Walker

November 24th, 2015

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 …

65: MGM Stories Part 10: David O. Selznick Part One: The Mayers and Gone With the Wind

November 17th, 2015

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 …

64: MGM Stories Part 9: Spencer Tracy

November 10th, 2015

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 …

63: MGM Stories Part 8: Eddie Mannix

November 3rd, 2015

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 …

62: MGM Stories Part 7: MGM's children: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland

October 27th, 2015

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 — …

61: MGM Stories Part 6: Jean Harlow

October 20th, 2015

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 …

60: MGM Stories Part 5: William Haines and Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Marriage

October 13th, 2015

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 …

59: MGM Stories Part 4: John Gilbert and Greta Garbo

October 6th, 2015

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 …

58: MGM Stories Part 3: Buster Keaton’s Biggest Mistake

September 29th, 2015

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 …

57: MGM Stories Part 2: Marion Davies, William Randolph Hearst, and Citizen Kane

September 22nd, 2015

Marion Davies is enshrined in memory as the gorgeous but questionably talented mistress of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst -- thanks in …

56: MGM Stories Part 1: Louis B. Mayer vs. Irving Thalberg

September 15th, 2015

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 …

55: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 12: The Manson Family on Trial

August 11th, 2015

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 …

54: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 11: Death Valley ’69

August 4th, 2015

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 …

53: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 10: Roman Polanski After Sharon Tate

July 28th, 2015

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 …

52: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 9: August 8-10, 1969

July 21st, 2015

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

July 14th, 2015

While trying to launch her own acting career, Sharon Tate fell in love with, and eventually married, Roman Polanski, the hotshot Polish filmmaker who …

50: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 7: Sharon Tate and Jay Sebring

July 7th, 2015

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 …

49: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 6: Kenneth Anger and Bobby Beausoleil

June 30th, 2015

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 …

48: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 5: Doris Day and Terry Melcher

June 23rd, 2015

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.

Learn …

47: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 4: Spahn Ranch and the Beatles’ White Album

June 16th, 2015

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 …

46: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 3: The Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson, and Charles Manson, Songwriter

June 9th, 2015

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 …

45: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 2: How Manson Found His Family

June 2nd, 2015

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 …

44: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 1: What We Talk About When We Talk About The Manson Murders

May 26th, 2015

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 …

43: Star Wars Episode XVI: Van Johnson

April 28th, 2015

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 …

42: Star Wars Episode XV: Why John Wayne Didn’t Sign Up

April 21st, 2015

No actor on movie screens in the 1940s embodied American patriotism and unpretentious masculinity better than John Wayne. But Wayne didn’t have the …

41: Star Wars Episode XIV: Frank Sinatra Through 1945

April 14th, 2015

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 …

40: The You Must Remember This One Year Anniversary Ask Us Anything Show

April 7th, 2015

You Must Remember This turns one year old this month, and to celebrate, Karina takes questions from listeners. Topics range from book recommendations …

39: Star Wars Episode XIII: Walt Disney

March 31st, 2015

Walt Disney changed Hollywood and brought millions of children and adults boundless joy. And yet, Disney’s legacy is marred by the common perception …

38: Star Wars Episode XII: Bob Hope vs. Bing Crosby

March 24th, 2015

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 …

37: Star Wars Episode XI: Charlie Chaplin

March 17th, 2015

Charlie Chaplin’s most successful (and controversial) film was The Great Dictator, a vicious satire of Adolf Hitler. We’ll explore the connections …

36: Star Wars Episode X: Errol Flynn

March 10th, 2015

Errol Flynn arrived in Hollywood in 1934 and almost immediately became a massive star, his swashbuckler-persona propelling many of the decades …

35: Star Wars Episode IX: Olivia de Havilland and John Huston, with Special Guest Rian Johnson

March 3rd, 2015

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. …

34: Star Wars Episode VIII: How Norma Jeane Became Marilyn Monroe

February 24th, 2015

Today’s episode tells the secret, forgotten, and highly disputed story of the making of Marilyn Monroe, arguably the most potent Hollywood sex symbol …

33: Star Wars Episode VII: Lena Horne

February 17th, 2015

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 …

32: Star Wars Episode VI: Marlene Dietrich

February 10th, 2015

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 …

31: Star Wars Episode V: Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles

February 3rd, 2015

The Citizen Kane boy wonder's second wife was the former Margarita Cansino -- a dancer-turned-actress whose Hispanic heritage Hollywood went to great …

30: Star Wars Episode IV: Gene Tierney (Or: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Chapter 5)

January 27th, 2015

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.

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29: Star Wars Episode III: Hedy Lamarr

January 20th, 2015

Hedy Lamarr was a pioneer in more ways than one, including, but not limited to, scandalous movie sex scenes, radio control technology, breast …

28: Star Wars Episode II: Carole Lombard and Clark Gable

January 13th, 2015

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 …

27: Star Wars Episode I: Bette Davis and the Hollywood Canteen

January 5th, 2015

In the first installment of 'Star Wars' (about the experiences of stars during wartime, not Chewbacca or Mos Eisley), Karina Longworth looks at Bette …

26: Tales of Celebrity Drunkenness, 2014

December 23rd, 2014

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.

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25: The Short Lives of Bruce and Brandon Lee

December 16th, 2014

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 …

24: Mia Farrow in the 1960s, Part Two: Mia & Dory

December 9th, 2014

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 …

23: Mia Farrow in the 1960s, Part One: Mia & Frank

November 17th, 2014

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 …

22: Audrey Hepburn: Sex, Style, and Sabrina

November 11th, 2014

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 …

21: The Birth of Barbra Streisand’s A Star is Born

November 4th, 2014

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 …

20: Liz

October 28th, 2014

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

October 21st, 2014

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 …

18: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Chapter 4: Jane Russell

October 14th, 2014

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 …

17: Theda Bara, Hollywood’s First Sex Symbol

October 7th, 2014

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 …

16: Marlon Brando 1971-1973

September 29th, 2014

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 …

15: Madonna, from Sean to Warren, Part Two

September 23rd, 2014

In the concluding chapter of a two-part episode about Madonna and movies, we talk about her mutually beneficial professional and personal involvement …

14: Bacall, After Bogart

September 16th, 2014

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 …

13: Bogart, Before Bacall

September 9th, 2014

A look at how Humphrey Bogart became Bogey, tracing his journey from blue blood beginnings through years of undistinguished work and outright …

12: Madonna, from Sean to Warren, Part One

September 2nd, 2014

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 …

11: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes: Katharine Hepburn, 1938

July 25th, 2014

A crossover episode, uniting our two ongoing series, The Many Loves of Howard Hughes and Follies of 1938, focusing on Hughes’ relationship with …

10: Follies of 1938, Chapter 2: Kay Francis, Pretty Poison

July 18th, 2014

In May 1938, the Independent Theater Owners Association published a full-page paid editorial in The Hollywood Reporter, branding a number of big …

9: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Part 2: The Many Loves of Ida Lupino

July 10th, 2014

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 …

8: Follies of 1938, Part 1: Hollywood’s Greatest Year

July 2nd, 2014

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, …

7: The Many Loves of Howard Hughes, Chapter 1

June 24th, 2014

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 …

6: Isabella Rossellini in the 1990s

June 17th, 2014

Today we celebrate the 62nd birthday of actress/model/filmmaker Isabella Rossellini. She was born into Hollywood scandal: her mother, Ingrid Bergman, …

5: The Lives, Deaths and Afterlives of Judy Garland

June 9th, 2014

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 …

4: (The Printing of) the Legend of Frances Farmer

May 27th, 2014

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 …

3: Happy 110th Birthday, Val Lewton

May 7th, 2014

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 …

2: Frank Sinatra in Outer Space

April 16th, 2014

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 …
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