Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear 57 Lillian Gish
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_14189446.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Lillian Gish was America's First True Actress and had a career that spanned 75 years. Listen to learn stuff from the past.
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear ep 56 Anita Page
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12951341.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Anita Page got the 2nd most fan mail per week at MGM. Then she retired for 60 years. Then she came back and basked in the glory. You can still listen, though.
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear 55 Mary Nolan
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12902131.jpeg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Mary Nolan was a Zeigfeld Girl, a German film star, a rising Hollywood Starlet and a two-time homewrecker. Find out old things by listening to this podcast today.
Three Stooges Throwback 9 Pardon My Scotch
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12866812.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />The 9th of 190 Columbia Shorts done by the boys. In this one they play carpenters who are mistaken for distillers of scotch. They end up at a fancy party and guess what? Things go badly...
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear 54 Bebe Daniels
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12818048.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Bebe Daniels won the Medal of Freedom, what did you ever do? She was also one of the first to make the transition from child star to adult star. Listen and learn of old Hollywood.
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear 53 Cleo Ridgely
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12773477.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Cleo Ridgely rode across country on horseback for publicity, so here I am talking about her 108 years later.
Three Stooges Throwback #8 Uncivil Warriors
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12631377.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />In the 8th of 190 Columbia shorts, the Three Stooges play Union spies during the civil war. Help us all. Some funny bits here. Probably the funniest one so far, the boys are hitting their stride.
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear ep 52 ZaSu Pitts
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12567405.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />ZaSu Pitts was partnered with Thelma Todd for 16 comedy pictures, but over her long career, she was much more...find out by listening...
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear 51 Marjorie White
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12517654.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Marjorie White's last film was the Three Stooges first Columbia short, Woman Haters. Facts...
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear Ep 50 Charlie Chaplin Part One
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12322109.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Charlie Chaplin was the biggest star of the Silent era. He created one of the most enduring and iconic characters ever in the Tramp, was married 4 times, and loved much younger women. Charlie Chaplin, Part one...listen to me talk.
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear 49 Lupe Velez
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12269785.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Lupe Velez was one of the earliest Mexican Stars. Her career spanned silents and Talkies, but ended in tragic suicide. How? Listen and I'll tell you
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear 48 Eleanor Boardman
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12244055.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Eleanor Boardman was a WAMPAS Baby Star of 1923. A what? We learn by listening...
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear ep 47 Baby Peggy
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12229271.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Baby Peggy was one of the earliest and biggest stars of Hollywood. Dubbed the Million Dollar Baby and earning 1.5 million per year. Then Dad started spending...
Hollywood Profiles of Yesteryear ep 46 Marie Dressler
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12100176.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Marie Dressler won the third ever best actress Oscar. She was the most popular actress three years in a row. What happened next? Listen to find out things.
The Sounds of Silents.
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear ep 45 Bobby Connelly
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12081990.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Bobby Connelly was one of, if not the, first male child star. He was really just getting started when it happened. What happened? Find out inside.
The Sounds of Silents.
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear ep 44 Joan Lowell
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12081435.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Joan Lowell was an actress of the Silent era. She was also one of its biggest hoaxers. Huh? Find out how by downloading, listening and rating. Or by streaming and then rating. Please rate me.
This episode brought to my attention by:
(not sure about sharing her last name) from the Silents Please! group on Facebook. Thanks for the topic!
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear ep 43 Lya de Putti
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_12014864.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Lya De Putti was a Hungarian Screen Star who tried to make it big in Hollywoodland. She worked with some of the greats, but couldn't overcome the chicken bone. What? Find out inside...the Sounds of Silents.
Three Stooges Throwback 7 Pop Goes the Easel
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11956512.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />The 7th of 190 shorts made by the Three Stooges. Produced in 1935, this one the boys are really hitting their comedic stride. They run from a cop, pretend to be artists, have a clay fight...come along and listen.
HSofY ep 41 Renee Adoree
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11944267.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Renee Adoree was one of the earliest European's to become Hollywood stars. Unfortunately, she was not the first we've heard about to contract tuberculosis. Find out more by listening.
The Sounds of Silents
Three Stooges Throwback 6 Restless Knights
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11915118.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />The 6th of the Three Stooges shorts. This is a parody of swordplay movies of the day. The Stooges must protect the Queen from being kidnapped. Do they?
Three Stooges Throwback ep 5 Horses' Collars
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11890257.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />The fifth of the Columbia Three Stooges shorts and the first Western theme. Come hear all about the short on my NEW MICROPHONE!
Curly is still billed as Jerry Howard on mistitled Horse Collars poster.
HSoY ep 41 Jeanne Eagels
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11832370.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Jeanne Eagels was a Broadway star and an upcoming early film star before her hard partying ways caught up with her. Learn more inside...
The Sounds of Silents
HSofY ep 40 James Murray
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11802647.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />James Murray had a meteoric rise to stardom, discovered by King Vidor. But he could not handle it and drank to excess. He had an interesting brother and a sad story. Listen up.
HSoY ep 39 Alma Rubens
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11788050.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Alma Rubens was a rising star, making $3000 a week in pictures. She got hooked on heroin and that was that. She did write her own autobiography in serialized form in national papers, ending it only weeks before she died.
HSoY ep 38 Mildred Davis
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11757110.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Mildred Davis starred as The Girl, opposite The Boy in 15 comedies with Harold Lloyd. Then she married him and retired to raise the kids. Pretty interesting family tree.
Three Stooges Throwback 4 Three Little Pigskins
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11743256.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Released 12/8/1934 this is the fourth Columbia Short by the Three Stooges. It features Lucille Ball in one of, if not her earliest appearance in film. It also features the first time the boys refused to do a stunt. Listen up Appleheads.
HSoY episode 37 Lon Chaney
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11718844.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Lon Chaney was known as the Man of a Thousand Faces. The first King of Horror, plus he did his own makeup.
HSoY episode 36 Norma Talmadge
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11696497.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Norma Talmadge was one of the biggest stars of the 1920's. She even had her fortune the whole time. Was she the basis for Sunset Blvd? No. But listen to hear other stuff.
The Sounds of Silents.
Three Stooges Throwback 3 Men in Black
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11676350.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Men in Black is the 3rd in the Stooges Series of shorts. It's the classic Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard, the first mixing a drink bit and a first for the Podcast...A Special Guest!!My daughter, Digitalbuild101 on Youtube. A new Stooges fan.
Three Stooges Throwback Episode 2 Punch Drunks
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11641365.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Punch Drunks was filmed May 2-5 1934, and is the 2nd Three Stooges Short. KO Stradivarius goes crazy when he hears Pop Goes the Weasel. He's the champ! Classic Stooges here. One of the best. The only Stooge short in the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress.
What do you have in the Library of Congress?
HSoY episode 35 Clarine Seymour
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11641358.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Clarine Seymour was on the verge of superstardom in 1920. She had become one of D.W. Griffith's favorite girls and was getting starring roles. Was she a party girl? No, she got sick.
Three Stooges Throwback Episode 1 Woman Haters
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11616889.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Woman Haters is the first Three Stooges short for Columbia pictures. It is done in rhyming verse and can get tiresome, as it stifles the boys a bit. But the seeds are there for future greatness! Lots of firsts...
HSoY Episode 34 Lucille Ricksen
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11614792.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Lucille Ricksen was a child whose star was on the rise. She starred in several big movies and worked with major stars. Maybe she worked too hard? She certainly died too young. Listen to hear things.
Three Stooges Throwback Intro Episode: Ted Healy
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11598201.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Some introductions to the man who formed the act, Ted Healy and his Stooges. This is just some basic information on the history of the Stooges and how they came about. Subsequent episodes will chronologically examine each Three Stooges short with reviews, facts, etc. It should be fun.
Episode 33 John Bunny
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11577873.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />John Bunny was one of the first celebrities in Pictures. He made 250 shorts, Bunnyflicks or Bunnygrams, in his short 5 year career. Were these forerunners of The Flintstones and Honeymooners? Yes.
Episode 32 Art Acord
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11566022.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Art Acord was an early Western Star, Rodeo champion, and war hero. Most of his films are lost, but he worked with Buffalo Bill Cody. What about you?
Episode 31 Marie Prevost
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11544936.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />One of the most popular early stars, Marie Prevost endured the wrath of Jack Warner who hounded her out of the business. Did her own dog eat her? No, Kenneth Anger, it did not.
Episode 30 Maurice Costello
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11512440.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Maurice Costello was the first star to receive fan mail, the first male heartthrob. Was he related to Lou Costello from Abbot and Costello? No.
But he was the patriarch of one of Hollywood's most famous families of all time. Find out who...
It's Drew Barrymore.
Episode 29 Marion Davies
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11490339.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Marion Davies is best remembered for being mistress to William Randolph Hearst, but she was an actress too. Listen to hear if she was any good...
Episode 28 Mary Miles Minter
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11452884.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Mary Miles Minter was a silent era star who gave it all up. She was implicated in the murder of William Desmond Taylor but not really involved. Or was she? listen to find out that she wasn't.
Episode 27 Bobby Harron
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11430151.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Bobby Harron was a young star of the Silent Era. He was in over 200 pictures, including many by D.W. Griffith. Did he shoot himself in the chest or did it fall and go off? You make the call...
Ep. 26 Courtland Dines' Shooting
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11390622.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Courtland Dines was shot by Mabel Normand's chauffer after a night of partying with Edna Purviance. Was it a love triangle? No, I don't think it was. But Courtland Dines did get shot and Joe Kelly aka Horace Greer did it.
Episode 25 Larry Semon
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11361029.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Larry Semon was a popular comedian of the early 1920's, rivaling Chaplin. He directed and starred in the 1925 silent Wizard of Oz. Did he fake his death to avoid creditors? You'll have to listen.
(I think he might've.)
Ep 24 Annette Kellerman
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400-219x219+1+36_11326501.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Annette Kellerman was a swimming and diving champion who also did the first nude scene by a major star on screen. Not enough? She also invented the one piece bathing costume. There.
Ep 23 Florence Lawrence
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11302188.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />The Biograph girl. The first Movie Star whose name was known to the public. She was super popular even before Hollywood. Come with me to the 1910's, and listen.
Episode 22 Hedda Hopper
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11289266.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Do you like gossip? Not as much as Hedda Hopper did. She was one of the first gossip columnists and called her house "the house that fear built." Check her out.
Episode 21 King of Comedy, Mack Sennett
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11266569.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Mack Sennett was an actor, director, and studio owner who gave Chaplin, Arbuckle and many others their start. Who or what are the Keystone Kops? Well, listen.
Episode 20: Florence La Badie
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11261740.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />She was one of the biggest stars in the world in the early days of Hollywood. She was also the first woman to die at the height of her popularity. Find out what happened by listening.
Ep. 19 Transition to Talkies
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11194801.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />By 1930, the majority of films were "Talkies". Was it an easy transition? No. What happened? Find out in around 15 minutes.
Episode 18 Rudolph Valentino
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11085255.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Valentino was the first male sex symbol. He was a Latin Lover from Italy. What was a taxi dancer? listen.
Episode 17 Theda Bara
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11031050.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />She was the first Femme Fatale on film. She worked exclusively in silent film. Most of her stuff has been lost, but her fame remains. Listen up folks. She was Cleopatra.
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11025109.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />A print interview I did about the show. I figured I'd post it here.
The link no longer works, but here it is for you, to read.
Please check it out.
New episode coming in a day or two. Always. Or a week or two.
When did you first start listening to podcasts and what was/were the first podcast(s) that you listened to?
In 2005, I heard about podcasts. I discovered a show called Fanboy Radio and it piqued my interest. The first podcast I actually listened to was Comic Geek Speak.
I had heard about Ricky Gervais, and about podcasts but did not know where to find them. I downloaded the Yahoo Podcatcher, which was a big unwieldy thing that took over my computer. Once I learned how I-tunes worked, I was hooked.
What are some of your current favorite podcasts that you listen to and why?
I am a huge comedy nerd, as well as an Anglophile. So I listen to tons of comedy, plus a bunch of soccer shows from the UK. I listen to most of the Earwolf shows. Comedy Bang Bang, etc. Kevin Smith’s Smodcast is great. It’s usually a sort of fluid list. I’m always looking for something new to check out, but I’m kind of picky.
Since it is soccer season currently, I listen to the football shows from the UK first. BBC 606 is the best, it is a phone in show with opinions from fans instead of pundits. The BBC shows, most British shows, are the only ones that originate as radio shows first. Mostly I stick with strictly podcasts.
Here’s my list:
Uhh Yeah Dude, The Dollop, Doug Loves Movies, Football Weekly, I Was There Too, Greg Proops Film Club, 5 live World Football Phone-in, Hollywood Babylon, Monday Morning Podcast, 606 Football Phone in, Spontaneanation, 5 live Football Daily, Mysteries Abound, Improv4Humans, Stuff You Should Know, Who Charted, Second Captains, WTF, Danny Baker Show, Smodcast, Dead Authors, How Did This Get Made, The Bugle, Comedy Bang Bang, 7 Day Saturday, Steve Austin Show, The Smartest Man in the World, Useless Information Podcast.
On what device(s) and app(s) do you listen to podcasts and why do you choose that/those device(s) and app(s)?
I download them on I-Tunes and listen on my I-phone. It used to be my I-pod shuffle, but since I got the phone, it’s all in one. I host my podcast on Podomatic.com which has a great free hosting service. Although, I am reaching my storage and bandwidth limits and will have to pay the Pro fee soon. I hear you can host free on Libsyn, or Google Drive, but I haven’t looked into any of that yet. I kind of podcast in a vacuum in that I don’t know anyone else who does it or could offer tips, so I plug along as I can.
When and why did you decide to become a podcaster?
I did my first podcast in late 2005. It was called Gabe’s Superhero Show, then my wife and I did Comics and More with Gabe and Mandy. Superhero Show went 13 episodes and then my daughter was born and I had no time to podcast. Comics and More was just a couple of episodes, my wife wasn’t really into it. It took several years to get into it again with Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear, and I’m at episode 16, trying to stay on a regular schedule.
I was just captivated by the medium, and felt the need to broadcast about something. Anything.
As a podcaster, do you have any influences (they don't have to be from the podcasting world)?
Kevin Smith was and is a huge influence. He is always professing his love of podcasting and suggesting people record their own shows about the things that they are passionate about.
Beyond that, all of the podcasters that I listen to influence me in various ways, to try to be funny, or interesting, or keep it short, etc. The guys who do solo podcasts, like Bill Burr, Greg Proops, etc. I am not comparing myself to either of these great talents, but I aspire to do an interesting show on my own. No one wants to listen to me blather on for an hour or more, but these guys can do a stream of consciousness show that is entertaining, interesting, and informative as well.
The Danny Baker Show from England is inspirational to me, just from Danny’s delivery and turn of phrase. He is a professional broadcaster with years of experience and his call in show is about random slice of life things.
I would like to say that when Tig Notaro discussed her various illnesses and issues on her podcast, Professor Blastoff, I felt like my friend was sick and I cried like a baby. Conversely, when Kevin Smith read his old journal entries in the Emo Kev episodes of Smodcast, I had to pull the car over because I was laughing so hard, tears literally streaming down my face. These two examples show the power of podcasts, to touch people and to entertain people in a very personal way, and that’s what I love so much about the medium.
Discuss your podcast, Hollywood Scandals Of Yesteryear.
My show Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear started out as just what it sounds. Scandals from the early days of Hollywood; sex, drugs, sex. But after a couple of episodes that started to feel a little, I don’t know, like I wasn’t giving these people their due. I would not want to be remembered for the one time I did such and such with so and so.
So I changed tack and started profiling the people overall. I still start with or try to find some “scandalous” or juicy bit of information. But it is basically profiles of the Silent Era Celebrities in around 15 minutes. Eventually, I’ll get into the Talkies, but I’m not sure when.
How much preparation and what kind of preparation, if any, goes into each episode of Hollywood Scandals Of Yesteryear?
Initially, I found a list of celebrities from the 10’s and 20’s who had famous or infamous issues. Then I thought of famous firsts. First overdose, first murder, etc.
I’ll hear a name of an early Hollywood star and look them up, see if there’s anything that stands out.
As far as research, I look on Wikipedia. Sometimes I’ll check the IMDB, but mostly I just keep it to Wikipedia. It’s all the research I need. On the specials, like the Lost Films, Rediscovered Films, or the upcoming Hayes Code Special, I’ll look a little deeper but I don’t like to get too bogged down. Keep it light.
What criteria, if any, do you use to decide who to ask to be a guest on Hollywood Scandals Of Yesteryear?
I’m going to keep it guest free, unless someone really wants to do the show with me. I had a bad experience last year with a potential guest. I approached an author who works in the same genre as my podcast. He responded with a laundry list of reasons why he would not appear on my “little show”, not professional, etc.
It really sent me into a tail-spin. I did not record a podcast for almost 6 months because of this one person’s opinion. It is absolutely ridiculous to let someone affect you like that, but it just got to me. Not anymore.
If someone were to approach me and ask to co-host or be a guest, I would definitely agree. But my show is a very niche show and most people are not that interested.
Don’t let people put you off. Just record.
Do you have a favorite episode(s) of Hollywood Scandals Of Yesteryear If so, which episode(s) and why?
I would have said Fatty Arbuckle, because he got railroaded and people should hear about it. But Douglas Fairbanks stands out now that I think about it. He was just an amazing guy. How amazing? You’ll have to listen to the podcast. Ha!
Are you at liberty to discuss any of the Hollywood scandals of yesteryear that you will be discussing on upcoming episodes?
The Hays Code is coming up in an episode sometime soon, I think. I think it is Will Hays, not sure of the first name, I’ll check Wikipedia before I record. Anyway, Mr. Hays was a colossal douche who thought films were too racy and enacted, somehow, a code of conduct for the film industry. This was 1930.
What are some of your favorite Hollywood scandals of yesteryear and why?
I guess I’ll go with the fact that most of the silent films have been lost. That to me is a scandal. Some of these people were big stars and ALL of their films have been lost. We have production stills and whatnot, but they have been erased from the history of their profession.
Feel free to shamelessly plug any of your other current or upcoming endeavors here.
Just livin’ the dream. When I started podcasting, in the back of my mind, I secretly wanted someone to interview me about podcasting. Now that has happened.
Episode 16 Nosferatu, Happy Halloween
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_11003631.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Was Max Schreck a real vampire? Of course not, silly. But Director FW Murnau's head really was stolen. Listen to hear things.
Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear Episode 15: Two-fer Martha Mansfield and Peg Entwistle
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10983543.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Martha Mansfield was an up and coming actress when tragedy struck. Her dress caught fire on set and she died.
Peg Entwistle was a stage star who turned to suicide when her movie career did not take off. She jumped from the H in the Hollywoodland sign.
Listen as we profile both in under 20!
Image is Martha with John Barrymore in her last picture.
Episode 14 Clara Bow
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10967427.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Too many rumors surrounded It Girl, Clara Bow. She wasn't as wild as they all claimed, was she? Orgies, lesbianism, bestiality? No. But listen anyway.
Episode 13 Thelma Todd
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10957519.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />The mysterious death of Thelma Todd in 1935 is investigated. Was it gangster, Lucky Luciano? Probably. So there it is, listen anyway.
Episode 11 Part 2 Found Films Special
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10929027.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Eureka! We've found them all! Not really, but several cool treasure troves of lost films have been found. Check the rediscovered films' stories.
Episode 11 Lost Films Part 1
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10904599.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />It's been estimated that up to 90% of silent films have been lost, as well as up to half of all talking films up to 1950. It's terrible, some people's entire body of work has disappeared.
Episode 10 Early Studios
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10895913.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />The Big Five, the Little three, and Poverty Row. A little taste of early movie studios in under 20 minutes.
Episode 9 Douglas Fairbanks
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10870360.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Half of Hollywood's first Celebrity Couple, "King of Hollywood", first hand and footprints in front of Grauman's Theater, Founded the Motion Picture Academy, Host of the first Oscars, and practically invented the costumed hero genre of films. Plus, did all his own stunts.
My new personal hero, Douglas Fairbanks was the man.
Episode 8 Mabel Normand
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10858343.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Mabel Normand was co-star of the first feature length comedy (with Chaplin), and lived a tumultuous life. The last person to see William Desmond Taylor alive is one of the scandals. Listen for the whole shebang!
Episode 7 Barbara Lamarr
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10841972.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Barbara Lamarr, "the girl who was too beautiful" starred in 30 pictures, wrote screenplays, and danced on broadway. Heroin and alcohol led to tuburculosis and death at 29 in 1926.
Episode 6 Thomas Ince Mysterious Death
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10820093.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />Thomas Ince, one of the biggest names in early Hollywood dies mysteriously aboard a yacht owned by newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst. Charlie Chaplin was there as well, listen to the sordid tale.
Episode 5 Wallace Reid
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10639997.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />The first big drug scandal in young Hollywood, Wallace Reid dies in January of 1923. The movie studio hooked him and used him up.
Episode 4 William Desmond Taylor murder
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_10607170.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />The unsolved murder of Director, William Desmond Taylor in 1922.
*Note* This is the re-recorded version. No irritating music while I talk. Just me irritating you.
Episode 3 Fatty Arbuckle Scandal
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_9675691.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />1921 Fatty Arbuckle is put on trial for the rape and murder of Virginia Rappe. What happened? we'll see.
Episode 2 A Little Bit of Hollywood History
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400-570x570+124+30_9674092.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />We take a look at the Hollywood of 1915-ish and the silent era in general. Back to the scandals next time with Fatty Arbuckle.
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Episode 1 Hollywood Scandals of Yesteryear
<img src="https://assets.podomatic.net/ts/ea/6d/84/gabe-russo-7/1400x1400_9673862.jpg" alt="itunes pic" /><br />The story of silent film star Olive Thomas.
*Note* It is mentioned that the house where Sharon Tate was murdered is the same house that William Desmond Taylor lived. This is not true and I am sorry for any confusion or anger this statement has caused.
The podcast will endeavor to have no further mistakes in facts, only in delivery.