As I've mentioned before, I absolutely love podcasts and I listen to all kinds of different genres. I listen to podcasts on business development and creative entrepreneurship, writing, books, and culture. If you've read my post on why writers should read nonfiction, it will come as no surprise to you that I am a big fan of Old Hollywood biographies. I love old movies from the classics like Casablanca or The Philadelphia Story to less popular gems like Arsenic and Old Lace or Ball of Fire. So, it follows that I was drawn to the Old Hollywood podcast, You Must Remember This.
Hosted by creator Karina Longworth, You Must Remember This is a podcast that explores the stories of Hollywood's first century. From episodes on blonde bombshells like Veronica Lake and Grace Kelly, to a series on the monster movie masters Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, You Must Remember This covers a variety of stories from Hollywood's golden age.
As a writer, I find that these true stories from Old Hollywood have real struggle, triumph, and tragedy. The stories of many of Hollywood's stars are incredibly sad. Beneath the glitz and glamour of the movies, the truth of Hollywood is often much darker and more complicated. If the history of Hollywood is something that interests you, this podcast is full of a wealth of stories about some of Hollywood's most memorable figures. Many are at once utterly compelling and talented, yet difficult and battling their own demons. These stories are a master class in complicated, flawed characters who are, nevertheless, magnetic. Though the subject matter isn't geared towards writers, I think there is a lot that writers can take from these stories.
Personally, I love the series of episodes titled "MGM Stories" which has episodes on stars like Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, and Judy Garland. As well as the series "Dead Blondes" which has episodes on starlets like Veronica Lake, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Jayne Mansfield. For fans of true crime, there is also a series of episodes on Charles Manson's Hollywood.
I freely admit that this podcast will not be everyone's cup of tea. But, if you love biographies, Old Hollywood, or, in the case of the series on Manson, true crime, I think that you should give You Must Remember This a listen.