A Feel-Good Classic Hollywood Podcast | Explore the films and stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age. These stars were trailblazers: They did it first and they did it best! Join Shannon Allen, the Classic Hollywood biographer and recipe developer behind MacaronsAndMimi.com, as she highlights a new classic film or star each week. Enjoy behind-the-scenes details of the films and Shannon’s passionate, meticulously-researched insights into the lives of the stars who made these films great.
Cutting Her Down to Size? Katharine Hepburn & Woman of the Year
Katharine Hepburn Meets Spencer Tracy, Pulls a Fast One on MGM, Wears Her Power Platforms, and Proves She’s Here to Stay. From 1942, it’s Woman of the Year.
Isn't She Yar: Katharine Hepburn & The Philadelphia Story Comeback
Katharine Hepburn Survives an Actual Hurricane, Golfs with Howard Hughes, Flies with Jimmy Stewart, and Pulls Off the Most Epic Comeback in Hollywood History. From 1940, it’s The Philadelphia Story.
They Say She's a Has-Been: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant & Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Katharine Hepburn Wrangles a Leopard, Locksteps with Cary Grant, Learns the Circus Grip, And Sets Out to Prove She Isn’t a Has-Been. From 1938, it's Bringing Up Baby.
Katharine Hepburn: A Fierce Hollywood Original
Katharine Hepburn Paddles Her Own Canoe, Proves Her Resilience in Hollywood, Is as Elegant as Audrey and Grace, and May Just Walk Around the Set in Her Underpants. Shannon introduces the latest Star Spotlight, Katharine Hepburn.
John Garfield, HUAC, and He Ran All the Way (1951)
Shelley Winters Avoids Sequined Harem Pants and John Garfield Refuses to Rat on His Friends to HUAC. From 1951, it’s He Ran All the Way.
Lana Turner, John Garfield, and The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Lana Turner Rocks a Turban and Hot Pants, John Garfield is the First Major Star to Entertain the Troops, Bette Davis Says YES, and Lana and Julie Really Are Just Friends. From 1946, it's The Postman Always Rings Twice.
It’s a Wonderful Life
I enjoy this movie every year at Christmas. Thanks to Shannon I have a deeper appreciation for the film and those responsible for its creation. Thank you for reminding us of Jimmy Stewart and The Greatest Generation. We owe so much for their sacrifice and love of our country.
So grateful to learn these behind the scenes stories from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Double Indemnity is one of my favorite classic films. Cinematic details such as “one look at her golden ankle bracelet” makes me feel like I’m watching the film. The host, Shannon, has a nice cadence, an enthusiastic, sexy voice.
Knowledgeable Old Hollywood Writer
I listened to the Vanguard of Hollywood podcast “Some Like it Hot.” The knowledge of the writer Shannon is evident and her love of old Hollywood palpable. It made me immediately go find this movie and watch it that night. My hubby and I loved it and never would have found it otherwise.