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A podcast that examines the stories behind the making of classic movies and the glamorous — and sometimes dark — history of Old Hollywood.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 31 Ratings

A podcast that examines the stories behind the making of classic movies and the glamorous — and sometimes dark — history of Old Hollywood.

    Episode 7: The Making of “Psycho”

    Episode 7: The Making of “Psycho”

    Once deemed “impossible for films”, Robert Bloch’s novel of a hotel proprietor with serious mommy issues was turned into one of the greatest horror movies of all time by Alfred Hitchcock — a feat he accomplished without the help of a major studio. From this unlikely success story came a film that both terrified audiences and elevated the horror genre, but the road to “Psycho” was fraught with obstacles. In this episode, we will cross over into the world of true crime as we explore everything from the terrifying killer who served as the inspiration for Norman Bates to all of the roadblocks Hitchcock came up against as he set out to make a film so scary that it would forever become a part of our collective consciousness...especially when we’re in the shower.

    "Welcome to Horrorland" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) 
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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    • 2 hr 8 min
    Episode 6: The Making of “The Wizard of Oz”

    Episode 6: The Making of “The Wizard of Oz”

    “The Wizard of Oz” is considered today to be the most watched movie of all time, but this glamorous, fantastical, universally beloved film was the product of a shoot that was anything but. In this episode, we will examine the story behind the making of this Old Hollywood staple that, for the last eight decades, has managed to speak to the inner child in all of us.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Minisode 1: The Wrong Door Raid

    Minisode 1: The Wrong Door Raid

    It all started with the skirt of a famous white dress being blown up by the breeze from a subway grate. This classic movie scene would kickstart a chain of events that drove a jealous ex-husband to commit an accidental home invasion which inadvertently led to the government crackdown of a tabloid magazine. Yes, you read that correctly. In the first ever TPGS minisode, we will take a look at the case of The Wrong Door Raid, the 1954 blunder made by pals Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra as they attempted to catch DiMaggio’s ex-wife, Marilyn Monroe, with another man.

    • 18 min
    Episode 5: The Making of “Casablanca”

    Episode 5: The Making of “Casablanca”

    “Casablanca” is regarded today as one of the most beloved movies of all time, but no one involved in the making of the film thought they had a classic on their hands. A production marred by chaos, the film was shot amid the very conflict depicted in the script. In this episode, we will take a look at how the plot of a play that was never produced combined with an unlikely leading man, a Swedish actress who wasn’t impressed with the screenplay, a director with poor command of the English language and real refugees from Hitler’s Europe came together to make the most enduring of all classic Hollywood films!

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Episode 4: The Making of “West Side Story”

    Episode 4: The Making of “West Side Story”

    “West Side Story” was a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet told through the racially-charged strife of 50’s street gangs. Regarded today as a classic that “grows younger”, “West Side Story” was a grueling shoot that turned into one of the most expensive musicals ever made at the time. In this episode, we will take a look at the making of the film, as well as discuss its scandals, legacy, and place in movie history!

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Episode 3: The Making of “East of Eden”

    Episode 3: The Making of “East of Eden”

    “East of Eden” was the 1955 retelling of the story of Cain and Abel that flipped the world’s pop cultural axis by giving us James Dean. For Dean, the role of Cal Trask was more than just his first major part in a movie: it was a case of art imitating life. In this episode, we will unpack the making of “East of Eden” as well as the tragic life of it’s brightest star. Joining us is Savannah from the Hidden Hollywood YouTube channel to discuss the cultural significance of the film and James Dean’s impact!

    • 2 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

MrRichLB ,

Just plan WOW!

I am blown out of the water with each episode. Your research is amazing and you deliver is captivating. I’ve seen all these movies, but I see them clearer and deeper thanks to your podcast. I look forward to each episode. Thank you.

TXRob ,

Excellent and enthusiastic

Love that the host is so passionate about the movies! It’s fun to follow along for the ride in great detail of old school Hollywood!

Philip Duke II ,

Like an audio documentary of old Hollywood films

I was immediately hooked from the first episode. I binged 7 episodes in 1 and half days. Love the legit research she does, and it makes it all work. The episodes may be slightly long, but I LOVE that I get it all in one episode. It’s an extraordinary podcast and one of my new favorites. Keep up the good hard work.

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