Red Herrings and Scandal

Season 2 | Episode 4
23m | Apr 27, 2022

This is our 17th episode, it's Season 2 Episode 4. “Red Herrings and Scandal”.

We have a different format for you this time. We sat down with our friend Amoreena to chat about another famous person who was charged with the Mann Act, aka White Slavery Act. This is the charge that basically brought down Kid Cann in the 1960s.

Amoreena is the friend who has done some wonderful artwork for us and when I asked her to do the artwork for the Marilyn Tollefson episode, she said, “Oh the Mann Act, that’s what they tried to get Charlie Chaplin for!” It sounded like an interesting story so I asked her to join us for an episode to tell us what she knows. What resulted was a fun discussion about old Hollywood and the gossip machine. By the way, the woman who was at the center of the charge was Joan Barry.

Volsteadland is a podcast about the seedy underworld of the 1920s and 30s and even beyond, in Minneapolis (and also beyond…Hollywood, this time). In each episode, we chose a story from that era to present to you.


Hosts: Amy and Heather

Guest: Amoreena

Theme Music: "The Last Prayer (to Isadore Blumenfeld)" by Paolo For Lee 

Background Music: "The Velvets" (instrumental version) by Cannelle

Artwork: Amoreena


If you or your parents, grandparents, etc. have any stories, folklore, or anything really, on the gangster mobster life in Minneapolis in the 1920s through 1960s, please let me know. We’d love to get in touch and chat about it or use your story in the podcast. Anonymous of course, unless you want credit!

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Trailer: The Cat’s Meow (2001)

The Great Dictator (1940)

Trailer: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018)

Whole movie: Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018)

Chaplin (1992)

Trailer: Chaplin (1992)

The Kid (1921)


Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars

Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger

My Autobiography by Charlie Chaplin



Joan Barry

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