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The People's Babylon
8 minutes | Oct 22, 2018
Chapter 17, Saturn Over Sunset
The Talkies hit Hollywood and take down several careers in the process, including poor, "Gelded" John Gilbert, who later become the inspiration for the oft-enacted story of A Star Is Born. This chapter is brought to you by the dulcet tones of Ms. Robyn Adams.
11 minutes | Oct 21, 2018
Chapter 17, Discussion
Robyn Adams joins us as we discuss Hollywood's uneasy transition into the era of sound, the many careers it jettisoned and those myriad Marrying Mdivanis.
6 minutes | Oct 15, 2018
Chapter 16, Clara's Beau
Chapter 16, Clara's Beau, wherein we slut-shame and impugn the good name of poor Miss Clara Bow, and try to make up for it in the discussion later. Read by San Francisco's very own "It Girl," Elsa Touche.
14 minutes | Oct 14, 2018
Chapter 16, Discussion
The fabulous Elsa Touche joins us to discuss the original "It Girl" Clara Bow, much maligned by Kenneth Anger and not given a fair shake at life in general. You can catch Elsa in the upcoming show, "Without You, I'm Nothing (In Drag)" playing at Piano Fight Nov 10-16. Tickets at https://www.pianofight.com
33 minutes | Oct 8, 2018
Chapter 15 Discussion
Hold onto your hat, Hedda Hopper, because we are talking gossip. Namely, the Godmother of all gossip columnists, Louella O. Parsons. Karen Finlay joins us for an utterly delicious discussion of all things gossip -- from Peaches & Daddy all the way up to Michael K. And if you're interested in finding out more about the Mid-Century Supper Club Holiday Potluck, follow their group on Facebook for updates and tickets! https://www.facebook.com/groups/midcenturysupperclubpotluck
9 minutes | Oct 6, 2018
Chapter 15, Hollywood Headlines
The marvelous Karen Finlay brings to life Chapter 15, Hollywood Headlines, chronicling the salacious world of Louella Parsons and the many people she scandalized during her reign as Hollywood's grand dame of gossip.
12 minutes | Sep 30, 2018
Chapter 14, Discussion
Sadists and Sodom and fairies in white wigs! Mark Kliem is back to discuss the enigmatic Erich Von Stroheim, director of grand epics of the silent era and latter day character actor. Next week: we tackle Hollywood Headlines, the rise of the gossip rags and one Miss Louella O. Parsons and if you have any questions or comments you’d like us to cover, comment above.
6 minutes | Sep 29, 2018
Chapter 14, The Dirty Hun
Mark Kliem returns to read Chapter 14, The Dirty Hun, chronicling the difficult, demanding and ultimately displaced director from the Silent Era. In the end, he’s more likely known for his strangely semi-autobiographical role as Max in Sunset Boulevard. For more scintillating content, check out the footage of Gloria Swanson discussing Queen Kelly on her talk show in the 1960s. https://youtu.be/acwhHgCjOtk Next week: we tackle Hollywood Headlines, the rise of the gossip rags and one Miss Louella O. Parsons and if you have any questions or comments you’d like us to cover, comment above.
11 minutes | Sep 22, 2018
Chapter 13, discussion
Hell's Bells, Valentino. Mark Ruisi joins us as we discuss the brief and beautiful life -- and many loves -- of Rudolph Valentino.
14 minutes | Sep 20, 2018
Chapter 13, Rudy's Rep
The mellifluent Mark Ruisi joins us once more to read Chapter 13, Rudy's Rep, following the scandalous and ultimately rather cruel insinuations about Rudolph Valentino's personal life.
8 minutes | Sep 17, 2018
Chapter 12, Discussion
Jenna Kimberlin and Sergeant Truffles join us as we discuss Anger's shocking and frankly libelous accusation that William Randolph Hearst shot a man in international waters and covered it up with his newspaper empire and, possibly, we opine, a rakishly askew hat.
12 minutes | Sep 17, 2018
Chapter 12, William Randolph's Hearse
Chapter 12, William Randolph's Hearse is a shocking inculpation that Hearst *allegedly* shot a man in cold blood and then used his newspaper empire to cover it up. This chapter is read by Jenna Kimberlin, featuring extemporaneous foley artist, Sergeant Truffles.
18 minutes | Sep 9, 2018
Chapter 11, LoLita
Chapter 11, LoLita goes even further into the dark side of Charlie Chaplin's highly questionable relationships with very, VERY young girls. This chapter is once again read by the marvelous Natahne Arrowsmith.
13 minutes | Sep 7, 2018
Chapter 11, discussion
The witty and wise Natahane Arrowsmith returns to discuss the second of the three child brides of Charlie Chaplin, Lita Grey. Oh, Charlie...
8 minutes | Sep 4, 2018
Chapter 10, Charlie's Nymphs
Chapter 10, Charlie's Nymphs covers the first and doomed marriage of Charlie Chaplin to one of his many underage partners, Mildred Harris, as well as a scandalous dip into his brief affair with Zigfield Girl, Peggy Hopkins Joyce. This chapter is read by the fabulous Natahne Arrowsmith.
16 minutes | Sep 2, 2018
Chapter 10 discussion
In the first of two parts, we tackle the complicated and often creepy love life of Charlie Chaplin. Buckle up. My guest in this discussion is Natahne Arrowsmith, who read the previous chapter.
28 minutes | Aug 27, 2018
Chapter 9, Discussion
Aimee Pavy of the podcast Twelve Chimes, It's Midnight joins me this week as we discuss The New Gods, try to make sense of Anger's writing style and finally discover what exactly was in the Hays Code.
6 minutes | Aug 26, 2018
Chapter 9, The New Gods
Chapter 9, The New Gods, wherein Anger treats us to a list of decadences enjoyed by the stars of Hollywood during The Roaring Twenties. This chapter is brought to you by the talented Aimee Pavy, from the thrilling podcast Twelve Chimes, It’s Midnight.
9 minutes | Aug 21, 2018
Chapter 8 discussion
Discussion of Chapter 8, Heroin Heroines, following the sad, violent and occasionally redeemed stories of three hollywood starlets who got hooked on smack. Discussion guests include Laura Gilmore, who read the previous chapter and Anne "The Countess" Stone.
8 minutes | Aug 21, 2018
Chapter 8, Heroin Heroines
Chapter 8 of Hollywood Babylon, wherein we follow the tragic stories of hollywood heroin honeys, Barbara La Marr, Jaunita Hansen and a knife-wielding Alma Rubens. This chapter is read by Laura Gilmore.
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