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    • 4.9 • 192 Ratings

Join Adam for talk about classic movies and old-time radio shows, featuring a specially selected episode each week.

    Queens Of Cinema - The New Series

    Queens Of Cinema - The New Series

    Proudly announcing a new regular Secret History Of Hollywood series: Queens of Cinema

    Hear the stories behind some of the most influential female voices in film, from screen stars to animation pioneers - from directors to producers - women in cinema’s history have played a far larger role in its story than many realise.

    Sinister Warnings

    Sinister Warnings

    In this week’s show, there’s a special guest… well, kind of…

    We have music from Billie Holiday and Sir Lancelot!

    Reviews of two classic thrillers - Johnny Stool Pigeon from 1949, and Black Hand from 1950, both of which feature stars playing against type…

    We’re even taking a dive into the Question Pot!

    Radio entertainment comes courtesy of Suspense…

    Stardust Over The Homestead

    Stardust Over The Homestead

    In this week’s show…

    Hoagy Carmichael provides a duo of sterling hits to keep you swooning…

    There’s another chance for you to guess the identity of Hollywood star in Who The Hell Is That Hollywood Legend?…

    I’ll be telling you about two movies featuring stars who took some of the inimitable Hollywood stardust all the way home to Britain, in a romantic fairytale and a horror hit!

    And there’s radio entertainment from Boris Karloff!

    The Little Grey Cellblocks

    The Little Grey Cellblocks

    In this week’s show…

    It’s a beautiful affair indeed, as we’re visited a church quartet with a very transgressive message…

    Brook Darnell pops in to talk about Golden Age detectives!

    Frank Sinatra provides a duo of musical escapes…

    We’ve got two wildly different movies to tell you about, including a prison escape thriller starring Clark Gable, Joan Crawford and Jesus Christ (!) in 1940’s Strange Cargo - plus Austin Trevor as the screen’s first Hercule Poirot in 1934’s Lord Edgware Dies…

    Radio entertainment comes courtesy of Agatha Christie and Harold Huber…

    Funkles And Faces

    Funkles And Faces

    In this week’s show…

    Ella Fitzgerald swings us along with some groovy (oh dear) vibes (oh dear, oh dear)…

    Guessing time in another edition of Who The Hell Is That Hollywood Legend?

    Dennis The Dietician is here with some healthy advice!

    Reviews of two movies, one featuring a very fun uncle (funkle) and a very unique face…

    Radio entertainment from the Lux Radio Theatre!

    Come on in - the skimmed milk’s fine…

    Very Different Darkness...

    Very Different Darkness...

    In this week’s show…

    Let your imagination take you on a journey to… some… bar…?

    Rob Bowman returns with another delightful musical selection!

    Another chance to guess the mystery star in Who The Hell Is That Hollywood Legend?

    Reviews of two movies, both on the theme of darkness but in a very different way… Firstly, Edward G. Robinson sells his soul for a story in the terrifyingly bleak ‘Five Star Final’, and then Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor must find their way back to the light in ‘Magnificent Obsession’

    Radio entertainment comes from the Screen Director’s Playhouse.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
192 Ratings

192 Ratings

ZaraWright ,

Best part are the giggles

If you are feeling low, listen to the Brighton Strangler episode. Seems counter intuitive based on the title, but Adam dissolving into laughter when describing the ludicrous plot and earnest dialogue, is probably my favorite bit of podcast joy there out there today.

HeleneOTroy ,

So good!

This podcast combines everything I love in old time radio, Hollywood, and general 20th century pop culture. And the research is spot on. Plus, Adam’s voice is just so darn soothing! Recommend 100%!

doreenweese ,

The best

I’ve been listening to The Secret History Of Hollywood for a couple years now and just discovered this series. I drive an hour to work each morning and this morning I was laughing out loud! He is hilarious and it’s great catching up on all the old movies

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