This rag gets you closer to the real 1950s than The Reader’s Digest. In addition to its obsessions with adultery, interracial dating and closeted homosexuality among celebrities, Confidential was also dedicated to exposing Commies in positions of authority anywhere. Humphrey Bogart famously said that everybody read Confidential but nobody admitted it — they claimed that their maids brought it into the house.
The ulcer-cure article is significant, as were the ads the magazine regularly ran offering techniques for appearing more manly. This was the era of film noir, all right, and Confidential charted what Auden called The Age Of Anxiety with precision.