Classic movies, true stories of tinseltown. All about classic Hollywood.

I talk to Author Joseph Egan about his book The Purple Diaries: Mary Astor and the Most Sensational Hollywood Scandal of the 1930s.  It talks of Mary's life and the scandal that she thought would end her career. Mary kept diaries and she let it all out on the pages. She talked about her passionate extramarital  love affair, friends of hers and all sorts of very personal insights. Her ex-husband found them and basically blackmailed Mary to give him custody of her child and monetary gains. When she signed the paper Mary was very ill and horrified her diaries were made public. After seeing his behavior with their daughter Mary took him to court to get full custody of her daughter. His defense was of course her diaries..It was too juicy for people to resist. The courtroom was packed everyday. There were vendors in the hallways selling hot dogs and popcorn. It was a circus. Joe was great and he had insight into Mary via her daughter that he became email pals with. Its a fascinating story. Things I learned from this show, NEVER have a diary, but if you do don't get into your sex life and talking about other people. I'd have been horrified. Good listen. Mary was a gutsy dame. Mary's family gave Joe so many great pictures and info and he shares it with everyone. 

Thanks so much to Joseph Egan for coming on the show and giving us so much great behind the scenes info. He was fun.

Thanks so much for listening!!
Grace
xo

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http://themaryastorcollection.com

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I had the honor, once again to sit and talk with film historian and ex New York Post Film critic Lou Lumenick about the film MISSION TO MOSCOW. I gave Lou his choice on what he wanted to talk about and he chose this film. I had never heard of it. Its got to be seen to be believed. FDR asked personally for Warner Brothers to make the book into a film to help the war effort.It was one a the first of a few propaganda films put out to sweeten Russias image to the American people.  It was directed by Michael Curtiz fresh off his stint of director of Casablanca. The movie was based on a memoir by former Ambassador to Russia Joseph E Davies.You will meet him because he is on smack dab on the screen talking about the movie before the film starts. He was upset they cast Walter Huston because he did not look like him. Guess he had to show us just how much better looking he was. HA!  You will get a neck ache from shaking your head as you watch this film. the Ambassador upon hearing that the Russians were spying on them through listening devices just fluffs it off and says "Let them listen. We have nothing to hide." !!!!!! I have to watch it again because the first time it was like a daze, a bunch of Huhhhhss..See Stalin as warm and fuzzy as a cuddly stuffed bear. Hear FDR do his best imitation of God talking to Moses in The Ten Commandments. Learn Cavier and champagne is for everybody!! There really is so much to talk about with this film. I will link you to two articles Lou wrote on this film. I'm so glad he turned me onto it. We end our chat with a few classic Hollywood tidbits. I had a great time with Lou. He will be on again soon to discuss screwball comedies. YAY!!!
Thanks so much to Lou for being such a fabulous guest.
Thanks to you, the listeners. Lots of great classic movie talk on the calendar. 
All things Lou
www.loulumenick.com
Lou's great articles
http://www.lumenick.com/trump-davies-and-mission-to-moscow/
http://www.movingimagesource.us/articles/mission-improbable-20100106
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I had fun talking to Author Michael Druxman, We talked about so many things. He has authored numerous books and three act plays on true Hollywood stories and people. Michael was also a publicist to the stars. He is written about in a book about the Oscars because of his amazing campaign to get a song  nominated for best song. He talks of lots of Hollywood Scoops, what was on Barbara Paytons ceiling? We talked his three act three person play about Barbara Payton, Tom Neal and Franchot Tone. His latest is on Ida Lupino whom he met more then a few times. The story about Kate Smith versus Dinah Shore is a good one. It was a fun chat. 
Thanks so much to Michael for being a wonderful guest.
Mostly thanks to the listeners. Lots of fun guests coming up.
Grace
xoxo

You can find out more about Michael and his many books here.

https://www.amazon.com/Michael-B.-Druxman/e/B000AQ31QE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1519686525&sr=1-2-ent

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I talked to Jessica Rains, she is the daughter of one my fave actors.Claude Rains. She was a joy. We talked about being the daughter of an actor/farmer. How Claude brought his wife and baby Jessica to the set to ease Bette Davis's ardor. We talked her interesting run in with Joan Crawford at Christinas Birthday Party. Jessica never went back! She told us about her farmer dad, her two stepmoms, how her dad felt about her going into acting. One of the funniest stories is Jessica going to a website devoted to her father with people talking about having sex with him. It grossed her out. Who could blame her. We hear about her trips to Morocco and Key West for the annual Humphrey Bogart fest hosted by his son Steven. Much fun was had by all. Ironically I had just watched a movie on youtube before Jessica came on, not knowing she was in the film. Its called Scream Pretty Peggy. Bette Davis was in the film but they never saw each other. I highly recommend it. Its a hoot!! Check to Jessicas eyeballing scene right in the beginning of the film. She's the office worker helping the college kids with getting jobs. Its an Emmy performance! We chatted for an hour and I had a fabulous time. Jessica is a doll. You'll love her too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjKv5ohM96c

Jessica comes on at the 3:52 mark. Very cute..

I want to thank Jessica for coming on. She is really a wonderful woman. I had a lot of fun. I'm having a rolly made for her for best eye rolls in a seventies television movie!! Bravo Jessica!!

Thanks mostly to the listeners. I have some good shows coming up..
Grace
xoxo

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When I first talked to Alexis Hunter I could not place who Joi Lansing was..Then I went to IMDB and was AH HAA!!! She was in movies and lots of TV. I personally remember her in Marriage Go Round starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. I also remembered seeing her on The Beverly Hillbillies playing Gladys Platt. She did so much more. She was a gorgeous blonde bombshell. Alex wrote her book Joi Lansing...A Body To Die For..A Love Story. What a book. I highly recommend it. Its about the last three years of Jois life. Alex and Joi were inseparable. It has laughs, great stories, Jois despair at growing older and getting no more parts and ultimately tragedy as Joi lost her life at age 43 of cancer. Alex was with her through it all. Because being in a lesbian relationship would have been a career ender for Joi, they called Alex  Rachel and she was introduced as Jois kid sister. You can buy the book at amazon.com. Just check out her reviews. ALL FIVE STARS. We also talked how it should be a movie and who Alex thought should play them. Alex is a fantastic woman and I now proudly call her my friend. This is a really good interview. Alex was honest and very warm and funny. 

I want to thank Alex for being on my show and being my friend. 

Mostly thanks to the listeners. There are so many great shows I have lined up. 
Grace
xo

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 I had a great time speaking to my crush Eddie Muller from TCM'S Noir Alley. He is also the founder and president of The Film Noir Foundation. Eddie was fun, smart and hubba hubba. We talked about dames, the blacklist, cool people he interviewed, noir films, his books and Hitchcock Noir or No. He told me he is not the SELF proclaimed Czar Of Noir, someone else named him that and it stuck. He also talked about meeting Robert Osborne who was my comfort man from TCM, my comfort channel. I learned he named  a character in a story  WANDA...WANDA?? We even  talked high-waters.  I flirted like a tomato and/or dame (bad me) and Eddie was swell throughout. It really is a fun listen.  I loved Eddie, see..You will too. 

I want to thank Eddie for being a swell guy and coming on the show. I could have talked to him for hours. I'm still crushing on him big time..

Most of all thanks to our listeners. We so appreciate you all. Lots of great guests coming up in the new year. Plus New Classic Movie podcast is coming in near future. 

Grace and the missing Donnie
xoxo


You can see the fabulous Eddie every Sunday at 10:00 AM on TCM'S Noir Alley...also he is spotted every now and then sampling the vino from TCM's wine club. 

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Author John O'Dowd and I discussed his book on Barbara Payton. What a sad tale. He talked from her childhood, to almost stardom and her tragic last years as a prostitute on Skid Row. We talked about her love/lust triangle with Franchot Tone and Tom Neal. John had the cooperation of Barbara's family, her sister in law that just died last week and Barbaras son John Lee Payton. J.L.P wrote the foreword for the book. My heart broke for him. What a childhood he had. He holds no bitterness towards his mom and remembers many of the good times he had with her. He also had some horrible times as well. Her life was not pretty and she brought it all on herself but you can't help feeling something after you read this book. Its not candy coated.You may feel loathing, anger and hopefully sad for this tragic soul. She had it all and threw it all away. If you haven't read the book I highly recommend it. 

Thanks so much to John O'Dowd. My fingers are crossed that this time a movie will be made about Barbara. HBO should snap it up. It should be three parter as 90 minutes or two hours is not enough to do her story justice. 

Thanks to the listeners. I'm hoping I'm getting some new ones. There are lots of great guests and topics ahead.
Grace
xoxo

As a PS
John wanted me to correct that when the family moved to Odessa Texas John said they bought a trailor court rather then a mobile court. 

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I talked to Author Patrick C Byrne about his book Double Entendre: The Parallel Lives Of Mae West and Rae Bourbon. I had never heard of Rae Bourbon before Patrick contacted me. He was a fascinating guy, he was a female impersonator and was called The Lenny Bruce of Drag Queens. Rae was pretty outrageous in his day and his performances were raided by police many times. We talk his alleged sex change and his very tragic demise. Get to know Rae, what a character. What can I say about Mae. She was ahead of her time. Wrote a play called Sex and it was raided by the coppers as well. We talk her coming to Hollywood, her love life, her fascination with muscle men and lots more. I remember seeing Mae as a very young girl on some program when she was old Mae. She scared me. The plastic surgery, the hairpieces, the ancient white formal evening dress. Mae was very health conscious but did love her bon bons. We talked her later films, Sextette and Myra Beckingridge and wondered if Mae still thought she was the hot tamale she was in her youth. All in all it was a fun show. Patrick was a great guest. 

Thanks so much to Patrick for coming on the show...Finally.. We had tons of mishaps along the way but it was worth the wait. Patrick was fabu. The book is a great read!

Mostly thanks to the listeners. I will hopefully have my new website up for True Stories Of Tinseltown on Monday. I will also be posting the show Donnie and I did Monday. Lots of editing. EEEK!

Grace
​xoxo

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Today is the 2nd part of our interview with former NY Post film critique, Lou Lumenick. We discuss "Feud" and who was team Bette or Team Joan, Deep Thoat the porno film, Who was  shctupping who, Lous article on Gone With the Wind and the way they portrayed the HAPPY slaves  being picked right up by Alt Right website Breitbart and because of that Lou was deluged with threats and death threats he got from White Supremicists. We talked homosexuality in Hollywood and has it changed for leading men of today. We yakked about a lot of great stuff. Please listen. Very fun show. I love Lou. Come back soon!!

 

Much thanks to Lou for returning so quickly. I could talk to him for hours and hours. He is a joy.

You can see Lou here introducing Dogs Day Afternoon

Also read Lou's foreword he wrote for book about the beautiful crumbling movie palaces.

 
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Al and I talked to ex NEW YORK POST film critic Lou Lumenick. We talked him being into flicks as a kid. His love of working on programming specials.The first movie his mom ever took him to. He was a guest programmer on TCM, introduced film at TCM Film Festival, met my comfort man Robert Osborne and of course we talked lots of movies. Lou was fun and open and knows everything about movies. Part 2 of Lou will be on next week.

 

Thanks so much to Lou. He was such a great guy and guest.

Thanks to my pal AL and our lovely producer George.

Mostly thanks to you our listeners. You're the best! Enjoy the listen. If you have any qyuestions for Lou, you can get in touch with me at Grace@thegroovypodcast.com

 

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Thanks mucho!

Grace

xo

 

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