189 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

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 10.8K 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.

    Introducing Love is a Crime

    Introducing Love is a Crime

    When Hollywood mogul Walter Wanger (Jon Hamm) shot an agent he suspected was having an affair with his actress wife, Joan Bennett (Zooey Deschanel) — one of the key femme fatales of 1940s film noir — Bennett was the one who paid a public price for her husband’s crimes. Joan and Walter’s granddaughter/filmmaker Vanessa Hope, and film historian/podcaster Karina Longworth (You Must Remember This), tell the untold story of the Bennett/Wanger romance and professional partnership — a film noir played out in real life.
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    • 4 min
    Gossip Girls: Louella Parsons And Hedda Hopper (The Queens Are Dead, Episode 9)

    Gossip Girls: Louella Parsons And Hedda Hopper (The Queens Are Dead, Episode 9)

    The Hollywood studio system begins to crumble, and Louella and Hedda decline and fall, too. But just as a new generation of filmmakers rises from the ashes and reinvents the movie business, so too does gossip find new life in a new look. We’ll end our season by talking about a woman who was the antithesis of Louella and Hedda -- liberal, Jewish, sexually forward, and so unwilling to play the industry’s games that she may have ensured the death of the gossip columnist as star. 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Gossip Girls: Louella Parsons And Hedda Hopper (Interracial Panic and Confidential, Episode 8)

    Gossip Girls: Louella Parsons And Hedda Hopper (Interracial Panic and Confidential, Episode 8)

    Appalled by rock n’ roll and its racial and sexual implications, Hedda and Louella find themselves in further danger of obsolescence when the gossip game is turned upside down by CONFIDENTIAL Magazine. 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Presenting: No Place Like Home

    Presenting: No Place Like Home

    Do you remember the first time you watched The Wizard of Oz? Those famous red ruby slippers are some of the most iconic objects in Hollywood history that still bring back nostalgic memories every time they’re seen. They became a rare collector’s item worth millions. In the summer of 2005, a pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in the small town of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. In No Place Like Home, C13Originals, a Cadence13 Studio, teams up with journalist Ariel Ramchandani and editor Seyward Darby for this documentary podcast to investigate a heist that dives into small town suspicions between local cops and the FBI, the fraught relationship between Grand Rapids and its most famous daughter, Judy Garland, and brings listeners inside the peculiar world of Hollywood memorabilia and the market for lost and stolen art. Although the shoes were eventually recovered, there are more questions left than answers. Who stole the shoes and where were they hiding for more than 13 years? No Place Like Home is available now on all podcast platforms.
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    • 5 min
    Gossip Girls: Louella Parsons And Hedda Hopper (Sex and Shame in the 1950s, Episode 7)

    Gossip Girls: Louella Parsons And Hedda Hopper (Sex and Shame in the 1950s, Episode 7)

    The 1950s were a decade of massive contradictions in terms of national and cultural attitudes towards sex. As Louella Parsons struggled to keep up with these rapid changes -- and to compete with her bolder, bitchier rival Hedda Hopper -- she reflected and steered the sexual panic through her coverage of two stories: Rita Hayworth’s marriage to a Muslim prince, and Ingrid Bergman’s “illegitimate” pregnancy. Plus: the emergence of Sheilah Graham, the international woman of mystery who would eventually beat the gossip girls at their own game.
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    • 55 min
    Gossip Girls: Louella Parsons And Hedda Hopper (Witch Hunt, Episode 6)

    Gossip Girls: Louella Parsons And Hedda Hopper (Witch Hunt, Episode 6)

    During an era in which Hollywood and Washington are shakily aligned in the witch hunting of actual and reputed socialists, Louella struggles to maintain her position as cheerleader for the status quo, while Hedda grabs a torch and tries to burn it all down, using celebrity gossip to further the racist, xenophobic interests of the FBI. There’s also a new competitor in town, who at once subversively spoke to and for Hollywood’s gay community, while also deflecting attention from his own sexuality by attacking others.
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10.8K Ratings

10.8K Ratings

P, Tony ,

Brilliant, Moving, Compelling Podcast

This is such a great, informative series! The series about Polly Platt is so brilliantly told and forms a great counterpoint to Season One of The Plot Thickens about Peter Bogdonovich.

DJBengt ,

For more than movie buffs

I started listening because of her excellent series on Disney’s Song of the South and have been a fan ever since. You don’t even need to have heard of the subjects to enjoy (I’m currently several hours into the season about Polly Platt, about whom I knew nothing before starting).

OK0tt0 ,

Lost me

Started with the older episodes and they were really enjoyable and I was willing to overlook any shortcomings. But then I thought the gossip columnist episodes would be intriguing and ran into the producer’s political biases and lack of self-awareness becoming unbearable.

Too bad, but there are also only so many hours in the day and this podcast will not be one of those hours of my day.

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