Rank #1: 146: Disney’s Most Controversial Film (Six Degrees of Song of the South, Episode 1)
Disney Plus is launching with the stated intention of streaming the entire Disney library... except for "Song of the South," a 1946 animation/live-action hybrid film set on a post-Civil War plantation. It was theatrically re-released as recently as 1986, and served as the basis for the ride Splash Mountain, but has never been available in the US on home video. What is "Song of the South?" Why did Disney make it and why have they held the actual film from release, while finding other ways to profit off of it?
Oct 22 2019
Rank #2: 44: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 1: What We Talk About When We Talk About The Manson Murders
May 26 2015
Rank #3: 147: Hattie McDaniel (Six Degrees of Song of the South, Episode 2)
Song of the South co-stars Hattie McDaniel, the first black performer to win an Oscar (for her supporting role as “Mammy” in Gone with the Wind). By the time Song of the South was released, McDaniel was the subject of much criticism in the black community for propagating outdated stereotypes in her roles. But McDaniel actually began her career subverting those same stereotypes, first in black minstrel shows and then in Hollywood movies.
Oct 29 2019
Rank #4: D.W. Griffith, the Gish Sisters and the origin of "Hollywood Babylon" (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 1)
Jul 03 2018
Rank #5: 5: The Lives, Deaths and Afterlives of Judy Garland
Jun 09 2014
Rank #6: 87: Six Degrees of Joan Crawford: Douglas Fairbanks / Lucille LeSueur Goes to Hollywood
Aug 09 2016
Rank #7: 45: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 2: How Manson Found His Family
Jun 02 2015
Rank #8: 103: Grace Kelly (Dead Blondes Part 11)
Apr 11 2017
Rank #9: 151: Splash Mountain (Six Degrees of Song of the South, Episode 6)
After two more successful theatrical releases, in 1980 and 1986, Disney decided to put Song of the South in the “Disney Vault” and never released it on home video or theatrically in the US ever again. And yet, at the same time, the company was developing a theme park ride around Song of the South’s characters and its most memorable song -- but without Uncle Remus, or any signifiers of the complicated racial and historical dynamics the film, however clumsily portrayed.
Nov 26 2019
Rank #10: 22: Audrey Hepburn: Sex, Style, and Sabrina
Nov 11 2014
Rank #11: 148: “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” Minstrels in Hollywood and The Oscars (Six Degrees of Song of the South, Episode 3)
Song of the South’s most famous element is “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” a song written for the movie but reminiscent of a racist standard popularized in blackface minstrel shows of the 1830s. Today we’ll explore this song and the other ways in which minstrel imagery and tropes made their way into Song of the South and other animated and live action films of the first half of the 20th century. And, we'll talk about how all of this is related to Walt Disney's push to net Song of the South Oscars.
Nov 05 2019
Rank #12: 46: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 3: The Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson, and Charles Manson, Songwriter
Jun 09 2015
Rank #13: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Virginia Rappe (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 3)
This episode includes graphic descriptions of sexual violence.
Jul 17 2018
Rank #14: 4: (The Printing of) the Legend of Frances Farmer
May 27 2014
Rank #15: 55: Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Part 12: The Manson Family on Trial
Aug 11 2015
Rank #16: 115: Where the Monsters Came From (Bela & Boris Part 1)
Oct 17 2017
Rank #17: 98: Marilyn Monroe: The Beginning (Dead Blondes Part 6)
Mar 07 2017
Rank #18: 93: Peg Entwistle (Dead Blondes Part 1)
This episode contains selections from the album Industry, by Unheard Music Concepts. Used in accordance with Creative Commons: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.
Jan 31 2017
Rank #19: Rupert Hughes's Women (The Seduced, Episode 1)
Oct 16 2018
Rank #20: 27: Star Wars Episode I: Bette Davis and the Hollywood Canteen
Jan 05 2015