Episode 101: The President of Hollywood

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In our premiere episode, noted Hollywood historian Abby Larson tells the story of Irving Stansel, the first President of Hollywood. As the picture business transformed from sideshow attraction to dominant cultural force, the moguls of Tinseltown often found themselves in aggressive disagreements that often ended in bloodshed. Rather than kill each other over the latest scripts to hit the town, those early power players named a man named Irving Stansel to settle all disputes and to keep the peace. It was a noble experiment, but everyone involved got a lot more than they bargained for.