listen/watch/read: entertainment for retro gals

listen/watch/read: entertainment for retro gals


Though I certainly enjoy plenty of modern entertainment, there’s always a soft spot in my heart for books, movies, TV shows, etc. that reflect and explore the days gone by that I like to emulate in my style. So here are a few recommendations from one retro chick to another – check this stuff out next time you’re looking for some entertainment!

Listen: You Must Remember This

What vintage-loving girl doesn’t have stars in her eyes for Old Hollywood? This podcast explores “the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century.” Being the true crime junkie that I am, I first got into the podcast by listening to the fantastic multi-part series “Charles Manson’s Hollywood” which follows in fascinating detail how intimately Charles Manson was connected with the 60s Hollywood scene and how the Manson family murders reverberated through that community. It quickly became one of my favorite podcasts, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who loves Old Hollywood and relishes a look at the often-times dark underbelly of all the glitz and glamour.

Watch: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

I re-watched this film on my birthday and was reminded by how much I adore it. I’m constantly surprised by how widely unheard of it seems to be, because it’s such a beautiful, sweet movie! It follows a whirlwind day in the life of a straight-laced governess who loses her job and finds herself swept up in the life of a free-wheeling lounge singer and aspiring actress torn between her dreams and her heart (and, of course, several handsome men). But in the background of the personal drama, World War II looms large on the horizon. In addition to being a sweet story, there’s plenty of eye candy with great outfits and style, including plenty of vintage lingerie! Best of all, it’s streaming on US Netflix right now, so if you have Netflix, there’s no excuse not to watch.

Read: Singin’ in the Rain: The Making of an American Masterpiece

Another dose of Old Hollywood to round this reclist out! Singin’ in the Rain has been one of my favorite movies since I was a little kid, and this behind the scenes book is absolutely fascinating. I loved getting a chance to know the team involved a little more, especially Debbie Reynolds who worked her poor little feet off on this movie! Definitely a must-read for fans of this American classic.


4 thoughts on “listen/watch/read: entertainment for retro gals

  1. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a fabulous movie! I saw it ages and ages ago, so I could definitely stand to see it again. I’m a big fan of learning about the seedy underbelly of Hollywood’s Golden Age, so I’ll have to check out that podcast as well.


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