Historically Hip is back and we are taking a trip to Hollywood.

This episode deals with the the screenwriters Herman and Joe Mankiewicz, Louis Weitzenkorn and Samuel Hoffenstein. All of whom lived in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Collage of ‘Citizen Kane’ advertisements from the pages of the Scranton Times. Times-Tribune Archives

To read more about the Mankiewicz Brothers, check out this article from Dec. 7, 2020 – https://accessnepa.com/pages-from-the-past/mankiewicz-brothers-leap-from-wilkes-barre-into-hollywood-history

For those who have seen the film “Mank” here is a bit a background into how Upton Sinclair fit into the movie and “Citizen Kane” – https://accessnepa.com/pages-from-the-past/time-warp-the-jungle-puts-sinclair-meatpacking-industry-in-spotlight

Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events just announced in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Citizen Kane they will be showing the film in the theaters on Sept. 19 and 22 –  https://www.fathomevents.com/events/citizen-kane-80th-anniversary-presented-by-tcm-(2021)?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=1489&utm_term=fathom+fb&fbclid=IwAR0MzI8Pn_InRZhoo5_fNZ5Mm-GbtQrFjasaqMq0z2bD9T94b-GHtrA1caM

Headline from Scranton Tribune from Feb. 7, 1943. Times-Tribune Archives

As mentioned here is more information about playwright/screenwriter Louis Weitzenkornhttps://accessnepa.com/pages-from-the-past/remembering-louis-weitzenkorn

Here is the obituary from screenwriter Samuel Hoffenstein

07 Oct 1947, Tue The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pennsylvania) Newspapers.com

For more on the career of Hoffenstein, check out his link to his page on Turner Classic Movies website –  https://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/87495%7C138296/Samuel-Hoffenstein#overview

Mixed drinks inspired by ‘Citizen Kane’

The Citizen Kane


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounces Iconic Mulberry Rose
  • 1/2 ounce orange liquor
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice


  1. Combine all and shake with ice
  2. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  3. Garnish with an orange twist


The Rosebud


  • 0.75 ounce Cointreau
  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • 0.75 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 5 leaves fresh mint
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash rosewater
  • 1 pinch sea salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add ice.
  2. Shake and double strain into a coupe glass.
  3. For more pronounced flavor, muddle cucumber and mint together with simple syrup in shaker before adding other ingredients.

Note: Color of cocktail may vary.