One day on Twitter, a person that I follow linked to a podcast celebrating Ida Lupino. Since it was Ida’s birthday I decided to check it out even though I had never heard of the podcast before. Thirty minutes later I was completely and utterly hooked on a podcast called YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS.
If you have never listened to this podcast, or even if you have, let me give you a little back story. Written, edited, and narrated by Karina Longworth this is a podcast for every true classic Hollywood fan. Longworth was a former editor at Spout.com, had worked defending bloggers and online journalists at Cinematical, and held the position of chief film critic at LA Weekly before leaving it all behind to author several fantastic books. So when I tell you that this podcast is her brainchild you know that it is going to not only be good but also extremely well-written and researched. Touted as a podcast about “the secret and or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century”, YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS is a podcast that should be neither of those things.
Each episode features a different star and focuses on different parts of their history. Ever wonder how Ida Lupino became a director? Curious about Bette Davis and her role in the Hollywood Canteen? Itching to learn more about Marilyn Monroe when she was still Norma Jeane Baker? And yes, pretty much every young woman ended up on at least one date with Howard Hughes. Most recently Longworth has issued a series of podcasts about Hollywood stars during wartime entitled, aptly enough, Star Wars. Every episode details the history of the featured star or stars with the storytelling ability of the finest screenwriter of Hollywood’s heyday. The great writing, Longworth’s immense talent, and skill all add up to create a podcast that is as addicting as SERIAL ever was. And lest you think that this is a podcast that would only interest classic film fans, each episode brings to life such entertaining and fascinating history that anyone who has even a spark of curiosity or intellectual desire in them will be sucked in.
So do yourself a big favor and check out YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS and Karina Longworth (and follow them too). Podcasts like this are a rare and wonderful thing, much like the classic movies that we all love so much.