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Kirk Douglas broke the Hollywood blacklist single-handedly – according to Kirk Douglas

The end of the blacklist took more than a decade, and involved a lot of people, including President John F. Kennedy. The process also weakened the production code and dissolved the studio system. Afterward, some victims of the blacklist struggled to move on. www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com

Lucille LeSueur Goes to Hollywood

Lucille LeSueur, raised in midwestern poverty, was brassy and beautiful, tough and smart. She traded sexual favors on the path to becoming movie star Joan Crawford. When she arrived in Hollywood, the town was ruled by a king and queen: Lucille’s future future in-laws Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com

“Bathtubs Over Broadway” is a new documentary about midcentury industrial musicals, and it looks weird and wonderful.

These were Broadway-style musical plays put on at tradeshows and conferences, featuring production numbers praising tractors and bathroom fixtures and such, for an audience of salespeople charged with selling those kinds of things.

I have a friend who wrote and produced one of these shows, and I was peripherally involved. It was a blast.

“The African Queen” restored Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and John Huston’s public images after speaking out against the House Un-American Activities Committee

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