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August 17, 2018
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear ep 56 Anita Page
Anita Page got the 2nd most fan mail per week at MGM. Then she retired for 60 years. Then she came back and basked in the glory. You can still listen, though.
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23 min
July 16, 2018
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear 55 Mary Nolan
Mary Nolan was a Zeigfeld Girl, a German film star, a rising Hollywood Starlet and a two-time homewrecker. Find out old things by listening to this podcast today.
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23 min
June 22, 2018
Three Stooges Throwback 9 Pardon My Scotch
The 9th of 190 Columbia Shorts done by the boys. In this one they play carpenters who are mistaken for distillers of scotch. They end up at a fancy party and guess what? Things go badly...
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27 min
May 26, 2018
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear 54 Bebe Daniels
Bebe Daniels won the Medal of Freedom, what did you ever do? She was also one of the first to make the transition from child star to adult star. Listen and learn of old Hollywood.
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22 min
April 30, 2018
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear 53 Cleo Ridgely
Cleo Ridgely rode across country on horseback for publicity, so here I am talking about her 108 years later.
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13 min
February 12, 2018
Three Stooges Throwback #8 Uncivil Warriors
In the 8th of 190 Columbia shorts, the Three Stooges play Union spies during the civil war. Help us all. Some funny bits here. Probably the funniest one so far, the boys are hitting their stride.
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18 min
January 7, 2018
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear ep 52 ZaSu Pitts
ZaSu Pitts was partnered with Thelma Todd for 16 comedy pictures, but over her long career, she was much more...find out by listening...
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27 min
December 6, 2017
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear 51 Marjorie White
Marjorie White's last film was the Three Stooges first Columbia short, Woman Haters. Facts...
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18 min
August 19, 2017
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear Ep 50 Charlie Chaplin Part One
Charlie Chaplin was the biggest star of the Silent era. He created one of the most enduring and iconic characters ever in the Tramp, was married 4 times, and loved much younger women. Charlie Chaplin, Part one...listen to me talk.
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27 min
July 23, 2017
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear 49 Lupe Velez
Lupe Velez was one of the earliest Mexican Stars. Her career spanned silents and Talkies, but ended in tragic suicide. How? Listen and I'll tell you
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27 min
July 9, 2017
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear 48 Eleanor Boardman
Eleanor Boardman was a WAMPAS Baby Star of 1923. A what? We learn by listening...
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16 min
June 30, 2017
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear ep 47 Baby Peggy
Baby Peggy was one of the earliest and biggest stars of Hollywood. Dubbed the Million Dollar Baby and earning 1.5 million per year. Then Dad started spending...
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22 min
April 22, 2017
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear ep 46 Marie Dressler
Marie Dressler won the third ever best actress Oscar. She was the most popular actress three years in a row. What happened next? Listen to find out things. The Sounds of Silents.
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26 min
April 15, 2017
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear ep 45 Bobby Connelly
Bobby Connelly was one of, if not the, first male child star. He was really just getting started when it happened. What happened? Find out inside. The Sounds of Silents.
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17 min
April 11, 2017
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear ep 44 Joan Lowell
Joan Lowell was an actress of the Silent era. She was also one of its biggest hoaxers. Huh? Find out how by downloading, listening and rating. Or by streaming and then rating. Please rate me. This episode brought to my attention by: Karen (not sure about sharing her last name) from the Silents Please! group on Facebook. Thanks for the topic!
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22 min
March 10, 2017
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear ep 43 Lya de Putti
Lya De Putti was a Hungarian Screen Star who tried to make it big in Hollywoodland. She worked with some of the greats, but couldn't overcome the chicken bone. What? Find out inside...the Sounds of Silents.
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22 min
February 10, 2017
Three Stooges Throwback 7 Pop Goes the Easel
The 7th of 190 shorts made by the Three Stooges. Produced in 1935, this one the boys are really hitting their comedic stride. They run from a cop, pretend to be artists, have a clay fight...come along and listen.
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22 min
February 4, 2017
HSofY ep 41 Renee Adoree
Renee Adoree was one of the earliest European's to become Hollywood stars. Unfortunately, she was not the first we've heard about to contract tuberculosis. Find out more by listening. The Sounds of Silents
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16 min
January 20, 2017
Three Stooges Throwback 6 Restless Knights
The 6th of the Three Stooges shorts. This is a parody of swordplay movies of the day. The Stooges must protect the Queen from being kidnapped. Do they?
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22 min
January 7, 2017
Three Stooges Throwback ep 5 Horses' Collars
The fifth of the Columbia Three Stooges shorts and the first Western theme. Come hear all about the short on my NEW MICROPHONE! Curly is still billed as Jerry Howard on mistitled Horse Collars poster.
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16 min
December 4, 2016
HSoY ep 41 Jeanne Eagels
Jeanne Eagels was a Broadway star and an upcoming early film star before her hard partying ways caught up with her. Learn more inside... The Sounds of Silents
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24 min
November 18, 2016
HSofY ep 40 James Murray
James Murray had a meteoric rise to stardom, discovered by King Vidor. But he could not handle it and drank to excess. He had an interesting brother and a sad story. Listen up.
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19 min
November 11, 2016
HSoY ep 39 Alma Rubens
Alma Rubens was a rising star, making $3000 a week in pictures. She got hooked on heroin and that was that. She did write her own autobiography in serialized form in national papers, ending it only weeks before she died.
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25 min
October 27, 2016
HSoY ep 38 Mildred Davis
Mildred Davis starred as The Girl, opposite The Boy in 15 comedies with Harold Lloyd. Then she married him and retired to raise the kids. Pretty interesting family tree.
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13 min
October 20, 2016
Three Stooges Throwback 4 Three Little Pigskins
Released 12/8/1934 this is the fourth Columbia Short by the Three Stooges. It features Lucille Ball in one of, if not her earliest appearance in film. It also features the first time the boys refused to do a stunt. Listen up Appleheads.
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20 min
October 8, 2016
HSoY episode 37 Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney was known as the Man of a Thousand Faces. The first King of Horror, plus he did his own makeup.
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18 min
September 28, 2016
HSoY episode 36 Norma Talmadge
Norma Talmadge was one of the biggest stars of the 1920's. She even had her fortune the whole time. Was she the basis for Sunset Blvd? No. But listen to hear other stuff. The Sounds of Silents.
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20 min
September 18, 2016
Three Stooges Throwback 3 Men in Black
Men in Black is the 3rd in the Stooges Series of shorts. It's the classic Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard, the first mixing a drink bit and a first for the Podcast...A Special Guest!!My daughter, Digitalbuild101 on Youtube. A new Stooges fan.
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20 min
September 1, 2016
Three Stooges Throwback Episode 2 Punch Drunks
Punch Drunks was filmed May 2-5 1934, and is the 2nd Three Stooges Short. KO Stradivarius goes crazy when he hears Pop Goes the Weasel. He's the champ! Classic Stooges here. One of the best. The only Stooge short in the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress. What do you have in the Library of Congress?
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19 min
August 29, 2016
HSoY episode 35 Clarine Seymour
Clarine Seymour was on the verge of superstardom in 1920. She had become one of D.W. Griffith's favorite girls and was getting starring roles. Was she a party girl? No, she got sick.
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15 min
August 22, 2016
Three Stooges Throwback Episode 1 Woman Haters
Woman Haters is the first Three Stooges short for Columbia pictures. It is done in rhyming verse and can get tiresome, as it stifles the boys a bit. But the seeds are there for future greatness! Lots of firsts...
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19 min
August 18, 2016
HSoY Episode 34 Lucille Ricksen
Lucille Ricksen was a child whose star was on the rise. She starred in several big movies and worked with major stars. Maybe she worked too hard? She certainly died too young. Listen to hear things.
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15 min
August 9, 2016
Three Stooges Throwback Intro Episode: Ted Healy
Some introductions to the man who formed the act, Ted Healy and his Stooges. This is just some basic information on the history of the Stooges and how they came about. Subsequent episodes will chronologically examine each Three Stooges short with reviews, facts, etc. It should be fun.
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18 min
July 29, 2016
Episode 33 John Bunny
John Bunny was one of the first celebrities in Pictures. He made 250 shorts, Bunnyflicks or Bunnygrams, in his short 5 year career. Were these forerunners of The Flintstones and Honeymooners? Yes.
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20 min
July 23, 2016
Episode 32 Art Acord
Art Acord was an early Western Star, Rodeo champion, and war hero. Most of his films are lost, but he worked with Buffalo Bill Cody. What about you?
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11 min
July 12, 2016
Episode 31 Marie Prevost
One of the most popular early stars, Marie Prevost endured the wrath of Jack Warner who hounded her out of the business. Did her own dog eat her? No, Kenneth Anger, it did not.
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22 min
June 25, 2016
Episode 30 Maurice Costello
Maurice Costello was the first star to receive fan mail, the first male heartthrob. Was he related to Lou Costello from Abbot and Costello? No. But he was the patriarch of one of Hollywood's most famous families of all time. Find out who... It's Drew Barrymore. b35iu9sk
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15 min
June 14, 2016
Episode 29 Marion Davies
Marion Davies is best remembered for being mistress to William Randolph Hearst, but she was an actress too. Listen to hear if she was any good...
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21 min
May 27, 2016
Episode 28 Mary Miles Minter
Mary Miles Minter was a silent era star who gave it all up. She was implicated in the murder of William Desmond Taylor but not really involved. Or was she? listen to find out that she wasn't.
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17 min
May 17, 2016
Episode 27 Bobby Harron
Bobby Harron was a young star of the Silent Era. He was in over 200 pictures, including many by D.W. Griffith. Did he shoot himself in the chest or did it fall and go off? You make the call...
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13 min
April 28, 2016
Ep. 26 Courtland Dines' Shooting
Courtland Dines was shot by Mabel Normand's chauffer after a night of partying with Edna Purviance. Was it a love triangle? No, I don't think it was. But Courtland Dines did get shot and Joe Kelly aka Horace Greer did it.
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17 min
April 15, 2016
Episode 25 Larry Semon
Larry Semon was a popular comedian of the early 1920's, rivaling Chaplin. He directed and starred in the 1925 silent Wizard of Oz. Did he fake his death to avoid creditors? You'll have to listen. (I think he might've.)
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13 min
March 30, 2016
Ep 24 Annette Kellerman
Annette Kellerman was a swimming and diving champion who also did the first nude scene by a major star on screen. Not enough? She also invented the one piece bathing costume. There.
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15 min
March 18, 2016
Ep 23 Florence Lawrence
The Biograph girl. The first Movie Star whose name was known to the public. She was super popular even before Hollywood. Come with me to the 1910's, and listen.
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21 min
March 13, 2016
Episode 22 Hedda Hopper
Do you like gossip? Not as much as Hedda Hopper did. She was one of the first gossip columnists and called her house "the house that fear built." Check her out.
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16 min
March 2, 2016
Episode 21 King of Comedy, Mack Sennett
Mack Sennett was an actor, director, and studio owner who gave Chaplin, Arbuckle and many others their start. Who or what are the Keystone Kops? Well, listen.
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19 min
February 29, 2016
Episode 20: Florence La Badie
She was one of the biggest stars in the world in the early days of Hollywood. She was also the first woman to die at the height of her popularity. Find out what happened by listening.
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13 min
January 30, 2016
Ep. 19 Transition to Talkies
By 1930, the majority of films were "Talkies". Was it an easy transition? No. What happened? Find out in around 15 minutes.
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16 min
December 7, 2015
Episode 18 Rudolph Valentino
Valentino was the first male sex symbol. He was a Latin Lover from Italy. What was a taxi dancer? listen.
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25 min
November 12, 2015
Episode 17 Theda Bara
She was the first Femme Fatale on film. She worked exclusively in silent film. Most of her stuff has been lost, but her fame remains. Listen up folks. She was Cleopatra.
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15 min
November 10, 2015
Interview
A print interview I did about the show. I figured I'd post it here. The link no longer works, but here it is for you, to read. Please check it out. New episode coming in a day or two. Always. Or a week or two. When did you first start listening to podcasts and what was/were the first podcast(s) that you listened to? In 2005, I heard about podcasts. I discovered a show called Fanboy Radio and it piqued my interest. The first podcast I actually listened to was Comic Geek Speak. I had heard about Ricky Gervais, and about podcasts but did not know where to find them. I downloaded the Yahoo Podcatcher, which was a big unwieldy thing that took over my computer. Once I learned how I-tunes worked, I was hooked. What are some of your current favorite podcasts that you listen to and why? I am a huge comedy nerd, as well as an Anglophile. So I listen to tons of comedy, plus a bunch of soccer shows from the UK. I listen to most of the Earwolf shows. Comedy Bang Bang, etc. Kevin Smith’s Smodcast is great. It’s usually a sort of fluid list. I’m always looking for something new to check out, but I’m kind of picky. Since it is soccer season currently, I listen to the football shows from the UK first. BBC 606 is the best, it is a phone in show with opinions from fans instead of pundits. The BBC shows, most British shows, are the only ones that originate as radio shows first. Mostly I stick with strictly podcasts. Here’s my list: Uhh Yeah Dude, The Dollop, Doug Loves Movies, Football Weekly, I Was There Too, Greg Proops Film Club, 5 live World Football Phone-in, Hollywood Babylon, Monday Morning Podcast, 606 Football Phone in, Spontaneanation, 5 live Football Daily, Mysteries Abound, Improv4Humans, Stuff You Should Know, Who Charted, Second Captains, WTF, Danny Baker Show, Smodcast, Dead Authors, How Did This Get Made, The Bugle, Comedy Bang Bang, 7 Day Saturday, Steve Austin Show, The Smartest Man in the World, Useless Information Podcast. On what device(s) and app(s) do you listen to podcasts and why do you choose that/those device(s) and app(s)? I download them on I-Tunes and listen on my I-phone. It used to be my I-pod shuffle, but since I got the phone, it’s all in one. I host my podcast on Podomatic.com which has a great free hosting service. Although, I am reaching my storage and bandwidth limits and will have to pay the Pro fee soon. I hear you can host free on Libsyn, or Google Drive, but I haven’t looked into any of that yet. I kind of podcast in a vacuum in that I don’t know anyone else who does it or could offer tips, so I plug along as I can. When and why did you decide to become a podcaster? I did my first podcast in late 2005. It was called Gabe’s Superhero Show, then my wife and I did Comics and More with Gabe and Mandy. Superhero Show went 13 episodes and then my daughter was born and I had no time to podcast. Comics and More was just a couple of episodes, my wife wasn’t really into it. It took several years to get into it again with Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear, and I’m at episode 16, trying to stay on a regular schedule. I was just captivated by the medium, and felt the need to broadcast about something. Anything. As a podcaster, do you have any influences (they don't have to be from the podcasting world)? Kevin Smith was and is a huge influence. He is always professing his love of podcasting and suggesting people record their own shows about the things that they are passionate about. Beyond that, all of the podcasters that I listen to influence me in various ways, to try to be funny, or interesting, or keep it short, etc. The guys who do solo podcasts, like Bill Burr, Greg Proops, etc. I am not comparing myself to either of these great talents, but I aspire to do an interesting show on my own. No one wants to listen to me blather on for an hour or more, but these guys can do a stream of consciousness show that is entertaining, interesting, and informative as (continued)
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November 1, 2015
Episode 16 Nosferatu, Happy Halloween
Was Max Schreck a real vampire? Of course not, silly. But Director FW Murnau's head really was stolen. Listen to hear things.
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15 min
October 23, 2015
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear Episode 15: Two-fer Martha Mansfield and Peg Entwistle
Martha Mansfield was an up and coming actress when tragedy struck. Her dress caught fire on set and she died. Peg Entwistle was a stage star who turned to suicide when her movie career did not take off. She jumped from the H in the Hollywoodland sign. Listen as we profile both in under 20! Image is Martha with John Barrymore in her last picture.
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17 min
October 16, 2015
Episode 14 Clara Bow
Too many rumors surrounded It Girl, Clara Bow. She wasn't as wild as they all claimed, was she? Orgies, lesbianism, bestiality? No. But listen anyway.
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18 min
October 12, 2015
Episode 13 Thelma Todd
The mysterious death of Thelma Todd in 1935 is investigated. Was it gangster, Lucky Luciano? Probably. So there it is, listen anyway.
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15 min
September 30, 2015
Episode 11 Part 2 Found Films Special
Eureka! We've found them all! Not really, but several cool treasure troves of lost films have been found. Check the rediscovered films' stories.
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14 min
September 20, 2015
Episode 11 Lost Films Part 1
It's been estimated that up to 90% of silent films have been lost, as well as up to half of all talking films up to 1950. It's terrible, some people's entire body of work has disappeared.
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15 min
September 16, 2015
Episode 10 Early Studios
The Big Five, the Little three, and Poverty Row. A little taste of early movie studios in under 20 minutes.
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19 min
September 6, 2015
Episode 9 Douglas Fairbanks
Half of Hollywood's first Celebrity Couple, "King of Hollywood", first hand and footprints in front of Grauman's Theater, Founded the Motion Picture Academy, Host of the first Oscars, and practically invented the costumed hero genre of films. Plus, did all his own stunts. Any questions? My new personal hero, Douglas Fairbanks was the man. twitter: @grusso1971 www.facebook.com/gaberussoart www.facebook.com/hollywoodscandalsofyesteryear
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16 min
August 31, 2015
Episode 8 Mabel Normand
Mabel Normand was co-star of the first feature length comedy (with Chaplin), and lived a tumultuous life. The last person to see William Desmond Taylor alive is one of the scandals. Listen for the whole shebang!
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19 min
August 24, 2015
Episode 7 Barbara Lamarr
Barbara Lamarr, "the girl who was too beautiful" starred in 30 pictures, wrote screenplays, and danced on broadway. Heroin and alcohol led to tuburculosis and death at 29 in 1926.
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12 min
August 13, 2015
Episode 6 Thomas Ince Mysterious Death
Thomas Ince, one of the biggest names in early Hollywood dies mysteriously aboard a yacht owned by newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst. Charlie Chaplin was there as well, listen to the sordid tale.
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18 min
May 27, 2015
Episode 5 Wallace Reid
The first big drug scandal in young Hollywood, Wallace Reid dies in January of 1923. The movie studio hooked him and used him up.
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15 min
May 15, 2015
Episode 4 William Desmond Taylor murder
The unsolved murder of Director, William Desmond Taylor in 1922. *Note* This is the re-recorded version. No irritating music while I talk. Just me irritating you.
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16 min
June 14, 2014
Episode 3 Fatty Arbuckle Scandal
1921 Fatty Arbuckle is put on trial for the rape and murder of Virginia Rappe. What happened? we'll see.
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17 min
June 14, 2014
Episode 2 A Little Bit of Hollywood History
We take a look at the Hollywood of 1915-ish and the silent era in general. Back to the scandals next time with Fatty Arbuckle. please leave a comment here and on facebook.
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13 min
June 14, 2014
Episode 1 Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear
The story of silent film star Olive Thomas. *Note* It is mentioned that the house where Sharon Tate was murdered is the same house that William Desmond Taylor lived. This is not true and I am sorry for any confusion or anger this statement has caused. The podcast will endeavor to have no further mistakes in facts, only in delivery.
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20 min
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