True Stories Of Tinseltown

Classic movies, true stories of tinseltown. All about classic Hollywood#classichollywoodstars#vintagehollywood#oldhollywood#Hollywoodscandals

October 30th, 2018    

It’s A Spooktacular Show. I Have Author Gregory William Mank Take Us Behind The Scenes Of Classic Horror Films….

This is my Halloween Special podcast..I have on Author Gregory William Mank who wrote so many wonderful books on classic horror films. He has also written biographies as well. His upcoming book will be on Dr Frankenstein himself, Colin Clive. 
I had such a great time talking to Greg. He has met people from the classic horror genre and written some great books. We talked Boris Karloff and what a sweetie he was. Also what bothered him so much in Frankenstein that he regretted his entire life. We talk Bela Lugosi and his charming Dracula, Cat People, The Black Cat and so much more. Then he gives us his choices for a fun Halloween (or anytime) viewing..
Thanks so much to Greg for being such a great guest..He is welcome back anytime. He has written a number of wonderful books and will be releasing a biography on Dr Frankenstein himself, Colin Clive..
Thanks to my listeners. I really appreciate you giving a listen..
Gregory William Mank

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October 27th, 2018    

Part 2 Meredith Talks Her Aunt Dot’s long friendship with Judy Garland, She met Judy, Joan Blondell and many others..

Part 2

This part is pretty much devoted to Aunt Dotties very long friendship to Judy Garland. Very interesting stuff. Meredith meets Gail Patrick, Gypsy Rose Leigh, Joan Blondell, and many more folks. Sad story at the end. Take a trip back to the days of classic Hollywood..

Thanks again to Meredith. She was wonderful and fun. 

Thanks to Dorothy Ponedel for starting to write her memoirs. 

Thanks to the listeners I appreciate you so much.



Any documentary filmmakers out there? Dots story would be such a great film..

The book

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October 27th, 2018    

Part 1 I Talk To Author Meredith Ponedel About Her Book “About Face: The Life and Times of Dottie Ponedel: Make-up Artist to the Stars”

I had such a fabulous time talking to Meredith Ponedel about her Aunt Dorothy Ponedel. Dorothy was the first female makeup artists under contract  at a Hollywood Studio. She became friends with many of her clients. Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard ,Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, Paulette Goddard, Gary Cooper. There are so many wonderful stories. Her aunt started writing her memoir but never finished. Meredith did a fabulous job of putting it all together. Meredith describes her life with Aunt Dottie and her own thoughts on the stars she met personally. there is  part 2 about the friendship between Dottie and Judy Garland..I got a huge scoop I had never heard before and learned a new meaning for the word yummy. This is an interview for any classic movie fan. So much behind the scenes info. Meredith takes us back into the land of Classic Hollywood. 

Any documentary filmmakers Dottie is a story to be told..

Thanks so much for Meredith getting up 6 AM to do this interview.  You were so fabulous and funny..
Thanks to all the listeners. I know you enjoy Meredith as much as I did. 

Merediths wonderful book

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October 24th, 2018    

Part 2 My Pal Steve Smith Joins Me To Discuss All The Star Is Born movies. Which is best? We also dish some precode..

Part two of my yak fest with my pal Steve. 

October 23rd, 2018    

Part 1..My Pal Steve Smith Joins Me To Discuss All The Star Is Born movies. Which is best? We also dish some precode..

My pal and very knowledgable classic movie fan Steve Smith joined me to talk A Star Is Born in every incarnation going all the way back to what is sometimes called the first Star is Born. What Price Hollywood. The main characters are best friends. He's a washed up director and he makes her a star. She's known as Americas Pal. Of course theres tragedy as there is for all the Star IS Borns. We talk Bradley Cooper (Hubba Hubba) and Lady Gaga version as well.

Then we talk some precode giving props to Danny at He has a list of all precodes and some amazing reviews. 

We had so much fun yakking we went over 90 minutes. We decided to make it two parts. So today is part 1. We hope you enjoy. 

Thanks so much to my pal Steve, you can catch him posting away at  He will be on again soon. I will post part 2 tomorrow.

Thanks to the listeners and all you great folks that post on the page. You are the best. Stay tuned for some great guests with some great behind the scenes stuff. 



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October 15th, 2018    


touched base with my dreamboat David Selby. He was filled with great info. We talked about his one scene in Castle Rock  We talked Falcon Crest and the great classic movie stars  that guested on it. It included Lana Turner, Kim Novak, Gina Lollabrigida, Mel Ferrer, Cesar Romero (he was a humongous gossip), Rod Taylor, Celeste Holm, Cliff Robertson and many more. Of course starring with David was Jane Wyman. We discuss was her hairdo a hair don't. We talk lots of Stuff. He Kindly agreed to talk to his number 1 fan Joan Prado. She was adorable as was David. This is a fast and fun show. Yes, He's so fine..
Thanks so much to my friend David for saying "Hey"
Mostly thanks to the audience for listening..

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