The Secret History Of Hollywood

By Adam Roche

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Tom McCarthy
 Sep 26, 2021
A simply outstanding podcast, painstaking researched, beautifully written and dramatically delivered. I can't recommend this highly enough, Adam brings to life the stories behind the golden age of cinema in an engrossing audio series

Stacy
 May 23, 2020
Outstanding! Well researched and the storytelling is amazing.

Steve
 Jun 2, 2019
love love LOVE this show!!!!

Harry S
 Feb 13, 2019
Thanks Adam. absolutely brilliant.

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An ongoing series of specially produced histories, bringing to life the stories and secrets that shaped cinema. @moviehistories secrethistoryofhollywood.com www.patreon.com/attaboysecret

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Queens Of Cinema: A Girl's Best Friend - Part 1
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Hear the first of a two-part story telling of one of Hollywood's founding mothers - cinema's first ever staff writer, and the girl who turned silent movie titles, and sassing "the man", into an art-form - Miss Anita Loos... Sign up now to become a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Music makes these shows! To gain access to the amazing library I use go to https://www.hooksounds.com/ref/Audiojoe/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2022
Welcome To Hollywood
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The Secret History Of Hollywood is far larger than you may know... Please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2022
Queens Of Cinema: Baby - Part 2
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In this edition of Queens Of Cinema, we complete the story of Jean Harlow, known to those who loved her as "Baby" - once upon a time the brightest star in Hollywood... Sign up now to become a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Music makes these shows! To gain access to the amazing library I use go to https://www.hooksounds.com/ref/Audiojoe/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Queens Of Cinema: Baby - Part 1
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In the first part of 'Baby: The Jean Harlow Story', hear the story of an independent young woman who found herself forced to adopt a persona she did not recognise, and the beginnings of a cinematic legacy cut short far too soon... Sign up now to become a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Music makes these shows! To gain access to the amazing library I use go to https://www.hooksounds.com/ref/Audiojoe/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2022
Queens Of Cinema: Dreams In Silhouette
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In this edition of Queens Of Cinema, hear the story of Lotte Reiniger, a true pathfinder in the world of animation, and a visionary whose achievements and innovations are often mistakenly attributed to others... Sign up now to become a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Music makes these shows! To gain access to the amazing library I use go to https://www.hooksounds.com/ref/Audiojoe/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Queens Of Cinema: Pioneer - The Lois Weber Story
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In this special edition of Queens Of Cinema, hear the story of Lois Weber - a trailblazing Hollywood director who changed cinema for all time. Sign up now to become a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Music makes these shows! To gain access to the amazing library I use go to https://www.hooksounds.com/ref/Audiojoe/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Queens Of Cinema: A Song Of Frosted Yellow Willows
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In the first part of QUEENS OF CINEMA - a new Secret History Of Hollywood series available exclusively here on Patreon - hear the story of Anna May Wong, cinema's first Chinese-American superstar, who turned disillusionment into a determination to create change... Sign up now to become a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Music makes these shows! To gain access to the amazing library I use go to https://www.hooksounds.com/ref/Audiojoe/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2022
Hollywood Is Yours
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Sign up now to become a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
Cary: Part 3 - Vol I
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Cary Grant has found love with society heiress, Barbara Hutton. But Barbara comes with her own set of personal demons, and the road to happiness is growing ever more complicated. Meanwhile, his cinematic roles are beginning to more-and-more resemble the characters that he has played in real life; including would-be father, society plaything, and... American citizen? Elsewhere, there's the small matter of the war and how the world will view a man who does not take up arms, as well as the ever-nearing circle of gossip-hungry sharks... If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits A quick warning - this episode does contain some strong language Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
Cary: Part 2 - Vol II
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After a devastating personal tragedy, Cary Grant has begun to focus upon his career as an escape, still in search of the elusive hit that will prove his worth to the world. Fortunately, success and superstardom are on the horizon… Meanwhile, Barbara Hutton has begun a very dangerous romance, one that will involve her with a family renowned for preying upon those with wealth. How will she escape? And will the rescue turn out to be worse in the long run? If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2021
Cary: Part 2 - Vol I
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After discovering that the mother he thought was dead is actually alive, Cary Grant must reconcile his own guilt, the effects of the revelation upon his own relationships, and the fact that his star in Hollywood seems to be fading. Elsewhere, a shocking new saga has begun among the heights of privilege. But as the story unfolds, it will soon become clear that endless wealth does not necessarily guarantee happiness… (Cary: Part 2 - Vol II will be released on the 20th September, 2021) If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2021
Cary: Part 1
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Please see content warning below Once upon a time, from the midst of normality, an extraordinary story began... In a time when the world was being shaped on the fields of war, a boy named Archie dared to find his own path by looking to the stars. In Part One of Cary, hear the incredible journey of Archie Leach; one that stretched from broken beginnings, all the way to the heavens of Hollywood itself... If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Follow The Secret History Of Hollywood on Twitter Follow The Secret History Of Hollywood on Instagram Follow The Secret History Of Hollywood on Facebook CONTENT WARNING BELOW (contains spoilers): This episode begins with scenes including dramatisations of infant death, domestic conflict and physical abuse. These scenes are not glamourised, but they are essential in that they explain the motivations behind certain people’s actions. However, if you feel that you may be triggered by these subjects, you may wish to proceed with caution, as they could be considered upsetting. If you'd like more information about anything before you proceed, please don't hesitate to contact me through Patreon's messaging service, or by email at adam@attaboyclarence.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2020
Shadows: Midnight Is Come
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Following the success of The Body Snatcher, Val Lewton has become one of RKO's most valuable and lauded producers. As well as the many opportunities now being presented to him, Lewton has also embarked upon his first true "A-Picture", a dark tale of madness and cruelty set within the walls of the most notorious asylum in the world. But the shadows upon the screen are not the only ones closing in on Lewton... If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2019
Shadows: The Resurrection Men
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RKO's latest horror movie, 'The Body Snatcher', based upon a dark legacy of crimes from another time, is proving to be Val Lewton's most challenging project yet. Seemingly determined to have his way, Lewton's boss, Jack Gross has agreed to finally give Lewton and his team an "A-List" budget. But this promise comes with a set of conditions... It isn't long before Gross's demands are dragging Lewton's possible masterpiece into exploitation territory. With the budget as a bargaining chip, will Lewton be forced to ruin his own reputation in order to get the film made? Or will a solution present itself from the most unlikely of places? If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits CONTENT WARNING BELOW A significant part of the episode deals with the story of Burke and Hare. This was necessary to the overall story, as the film this episode deals with, 'The Body Snatcher', was based heavily upon their crimes. It was very important to me to tell their story honestly, as there has been an unfortunate tendency in recent years to paint Burke and Hare as a pair of somewhat goofy miscreants, instead of the abominable creatures they were in reality. As such, there are certain details that some may find upsetting or disturbing. Burke and Hare murdered many people of all ages. The details of these crimes are more than likely unsuitable for younger ears, and may also cause distress to you, the listener. If you feel that you would like to skip over this section, then it begins at 52:12 and runs through to 1:36:00. The episode also contains a brief history of the science of anatomy, which is not particularly graphic, but it still might not be something you feel easy listening to. It begins at 29:51, and runs to the end of the Burke and Hare section at 1:36:00 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2019
Shadows: The Silent Land
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Val Lewton’s salvation has arrived in the form of Universal Horror star, Boris Karloff, a long-time admirer of Lewton’s new brand of horror cinema. For their first project together, Lewton must draw upon the darkest piece of his childhood; the place where his imagination grew up. And so begins a journey into the past, and to a place where dreams go to die…   If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2019
Shadows: The Rebellious Ones
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Val Lewton's chance to prove himself outside the horror genre has arrived. If he and his team can turn the nationwide problem of juvenile delinquency into a dramatic hit, then it may mean his graduation from the "B-Division" and his escape from the oppressive executive producer who seems intent on thwarting his creative freedom. But as the pressure begins to mount, Lewton will find himself facing a new threat; one that may put an end to not just his career, but his life... If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Special thanks to Mark Gatiss and Brook Darnell Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2018
Shadows: The Lost Child
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Val Lewton has finally agreed to create a sequel to his biggest hit, 'Cat People'. But rather than produce a conventional continuation, Lewton has decided to delve into his own past, and to tell his most personal story yet, that of a childhood cut short by an over-zealous guardian. But in doing so, will he repeat the mistakes of his own past? Aiding him in his quest is a new director, whose meticulous plans for the film may be at odds with his own... Featuring Mark Gatiss If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2018
Shadows: Blood On The Water
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It is a time of change at RKO. Val Lewton's horror movie unit is being widely imitated by Hollywood at large, all hoping to attract the kinds of audiences flocking to Lewton's modern brand of horror. But Lewton himself is facing an insurmountable problem: how to create RKO's first "Monster Rally". The answer will come from the most unlikely of places: the Lewton family's private collection of letters... At the same time, RKO boss Charles Koerner is demanding an interim movie, a horror set upon the seas to be called 'The Ghost Ship'. In order to bring it to life, Lewton will have to circumvent the attentions of an uncompromising new supervisor, as well as survive the eccentric excesses of his new technical advisor... Meanwhile, at the Pasadena Playhouse, two writers have just staged an original play that will have a devastating effect on Lewton's career... If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits A very special thanks to the peerless Mark Gatiss, and to Brook Darnell of the Library Of Congress for her tireless research into the private papers of Val Lewton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2018
Shadows: The Devil In The Village
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Val Lewton's wildly ambitious plan for his fourth film, 'The Seventh Victim', is to create a New York fairytale; a fractured picture of his beloved Greenwich Village distorted by underlying evil and populated by an eclectic assortment of bruised characters. But in order to find the right story, Lewton will have to send his writer, DeWitt Bodeen, into uncharted, and somewhat Satanic territory... Featuring Mark Gatiss If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2017
Shadows: The Black Hearted
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'The Leopard Man', Val Lewton's third horror film for RKO Studios, is to be an adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's shocking murder mystery novel, Black Alibi. But in Lewton's hands, the project has become an opportunity to not only express his dark creativity, but also to tap into the childhood fears of its director, Jacques Tourneur, and to introduce the serial killer into American cinema. But Lewton's team has more at stake than a simple movie. Should the film become a success, then the creative partnership at the helm of their endeavours will be broken apart. And should that happen, Val Lewton will be forced to make a terrible choice... Featuring Mark Gatiss WARNING: This episode may contain stories that some listeners find upsetting or disturbing. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2017
Shadows: Song Of The Dead
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Following the success of 'Cat People', Val Lewton has been assigned to create a film entitled 'I Walked With A Zombie'.  RKO's B-movie boss, Lew Ostrow, is insistent that the film should follow the formula being employed by the horror department at Universal Pictures. But Lewton's plans for the film are far more ambitious... Featuring Mark Gatiss If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2017
Shadows: The Cat Strikes
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Part 2 Val Lewton has been hired by RKO Studios to oversee the creation of their new horror division. However, the job has come with a set of curious conditions... Having had the name of his first movie, 'Cat People' decided for him in advance, Lewton must assemble a story that fits the title. But perhaps the solution to the problem lies in an almost forgotten story from Lewton's past. As well as adhering to RKO's peculiar directives, Lewton must also contend with the demands of his new boss, Lew Ostrow, who is expecting an altogether different type of horror movie... Featuring Mark Gatiss If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2017
Shadows: The Boy From The Black Sea
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Once upon a time, horror cinema was changed forever by the fiercely inventive imagination of a remarkable man... In Part One of 'Shadows: The Val Lewton Story', hear the curious beginnings of a cinematic legend, whose uniquely terrifying creations were influenced by the dark brand of folklore upon which he was raised... Featuring Mark Gatiss If you’ve enjoyed this episode, and would like to aid in its creation, then please consider becoming a patron of the shows! You’ll earn hundreds more hours of bonus content, including ALL complete series’ of The Secret History of Hollywood, as well as bonus documentaries, extra listening, movie commentaries, and much more! Simply go to www.patreon.com/attaboysecret and choose the tier you’d like to access or CLICK HERE Show Credits Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2017