198 episodes

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.

You Must Remember This Karina Longworth

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    • 4.8 • 1.3K Ratings

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.

    Sammy and Dino Episode 9: Is That All There Is?

    Sammy and Dino Episode 9: Is That All There Is?

    Desperate to be seen as cool and not a relic of an earlier age in 70s America, Sammy gets into porn and drugs. A Rat Pack reunion gives him renewed purpose, but causes Dean to alienate himself further. As their time begins to run out, both Sammy and Dino are forced to contemplate what it was all for. By the late ‘90s, they’re both gone. We’ll try to sort out the incredibly murky legacies they left behind. 
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Sammy and Dino Episode 8: Generation Gap

    Sammy and Dino Episode 8: Generation Gap

    In the mid-1960s, 47 year-old Dean Martin proves he's still got it by knocking the Beatles off the top of the pop charts, and by launching his long-running TV show, which brought a version of his nightclub act into America’s living rooms every week. But his middle-aged drunk schtick sours as the decade of hippies and Vietnam wears on. Sammy Davis Jr has his own challenges, living up to the expectations of a new generation of activists--and he only makes matters worse by embracing Richard Nixon. After disastrously dabbling with Motown, Sammy records “The Candy Man” -- a silly novelty single that he hated, but which ended up saving his career.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Sammy and Dino Episode 7: Yes I Can

    Sammy and Dino Episode 7: Yes I Can

    Released in 1965, Sammy Davis Jr.'s autobiography became an instant classic, one of the most dynamic celebrity memoirs ever published and a testament to Davis’s barrier-breaking success as a black man in America. But the story behind the book, which was conceived and developed by two white ghostwriters -- and the racial and sexual dynamics of Davis's life during the years leading up to its release, which included two marriages and one relationship with a white movie star which almost got him killed -- are even more fascinating.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Sammy and Dino Episode 6: The Rat Pack

    Sammy and Dino Episode 6: The Rat Pack

    In the early 40s, both Dean and Sammy idolized Frank Sinatra. 20 years later, they became Sinatra’s cohorts in the Rat Pack, and, through Vegas gigs and increasingly disposable movies, the trio set a standard for grown men behaving badly that’s still influential today. In this episode, we’ll reveal what the Rat Pack’s Vegas shows were really like -- racist, homophobic, misogynist warts and all. We’ll also discuss the web of corruption linking these performers to the Mafia and the Kennedys, culminating in the death of an actress, and the death of the pretense that the Rat Pack racket was all innocent fun.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Sammy and Dino Episode 5: A Serious Man

    Sammy and Dino Episode 5: A Serious Man

    After the breakup of Martin and Lewis, Dino has to figure out how to stand on his own as a solo act. He ends up developing an on-stage persona as a happy drunk, while at the same time, developing a resume as a serious actor in some of the biggest hits of the late 1950s, such as Some Came Running and Rio Bravo, through which he emerged as a kind of icon for the white masculinity crisis of the 1950s. How did Dino pull this off, and why was his interest in being taken seriously so apparently short-lived?
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    • 53 min
    Sammy and Dino Episode 4: Mr. Wonderful

    Sammy and Dino Episode 4: Mr. Wonderful

    Sammy tests the power of his new celebrity, on Broadway and in Hollywood, where he stars in the most controversial movie musical with an all-Black cast of all time -- a movie which is still being suppressed today.
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Boi1boo ,

Brilliant

An fascinating podcast well written and delivered eloquently by host Karina.
Tinseltown debated with a no nonsense fact based opulence

Aljgm ,

YMRT is fabulous

Brilliant start to new series - thanks Karina - have also loved Love is a Crime. Am revisiting back catalogue - again! Thoughtful, intelligent and fascinating - every time.

bobski 123 ,

You must remember this

This excellent series is wonderful, is there anymore coming in the future. R H Darling. Glad to have you back. R H Darling

Enjoyed new series good start.

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