Walter Winchell: The Power of Gossip (2020)


This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

“Walter Winchell is the architect of modern American media. He turned journalism into a form of entertainment. ” – Neal Gabler

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life and career of the famous radio and TV personality Walter Winchell.

Bottom Line – Great documentary that does a wonderful job showing how events and circumstances led to Winchell create the idea of gossip columns in the newspaper. We learn so much about the man via the interviews with family members, colleagues and other contemporary socialites. His views on Hollywood, politics along with so many other subjects allowed him to become so popular in his day that everyone courted him for larger things. His column became so popular that he gained so much control over many Hollywood persona because he was able choose whether he wanted to make or break anyone. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – He damaged the reputations of Charles Lindbergh and Josephine Baker as well as other individuals who had earned his enmity. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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