The Plot Thickens

The Plot Thickens Podcast

Welcome to The Plot Thickens, a documentary podcast from Turner Classic Movies. Each season we'll bring you a story about the movies and the people who make them. Our first season is about a young cinephile who quickly rose to become one of Hollywood's top directors. But Peter Bogdanovich soon found himself a victim of jealousy, hubris, public scorn - and a devastating crime. Along with host Ben Mankiewicz, Peter looks back on his life and tries to make sense of fame and failure. "I'm Still Peter Bogdanovich" is a remarkable story of loss, perseverance, and the solace of cinema.

Henry Fonda, John Wayne and James Stewart
Highlights from Peter Bogdanovich’s interviews with three of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars, who talk about the unique challenges of working with director and legendary curmudgeon John Ford. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Alfred Hitchcock
Peter Bogdanovich sits down with one of his filmmaking heroes, Alfred Hitchcock, for a wide-ranging conversation about Psycho, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Rear Window and more.  Plus, Hitchcock shares stories about being arrested as a child, appearing in his own movies, and why he doesn’t like eggs. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Howard Hawks
For our first bonus episode, Peter Bogdanovich interviews director Howard Hawks in the Palm Springs desert in April 1972.  Hawks tells Peter how he got started in showbiz and provides insight into many of his best movies, including Rio Bravo, The Dawn Patrol, His Girl Friday, Hatari! and Scarface. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich
Grief-stricken for years, Peter finally goes back behind the camera and ends up shooting one of his most popular films.  But he sues the studio before the movie is released, further endangering his career.  While trying to recover, Peter once again becomes a target of the press after he marries Dorothy’s sister. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Dorothy
Alone for the first time, Peter finds love in an unexpected place: the Playboy Mansion.  His passionate romance with Playmate Dorothy Stratten ignites his creativity, culminating in his best movie in years.  But Peter’s life is forever changed by a devastating murder and a series of disastrous financial decisions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Bogdanovich, The Misunderstood
Feeling betrayed, Orson Welles humiliates Peter on national television.  So Peter heads overseas to shoot a daring new movie, filming in secret to evade government censors.  While his career starts to recover, he embarks on an affair with his new leading lady – causing his relationship with Cybill to crumble. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Babe Ruth Just Bunted
Following The Last Picture Show, Peter directs two more major hits, What’s Up, Doc? and Paper Moon.  But then his wife leaves him, and his next three movies are high-profile flops.  As his relationship with Cybill is splashed across the tabloids, Peter finds himself despised by the public and ostracized in Hollywood. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Cybill
Peter challenges himself to film an “unfilmmable” book and creates one of the seminal movies of the 1970s: The Last Picture Show.  His actors win Academy Awards and the accolades pour in, including comparisons to Orson Welles himself.  But Peter risks losing his family after an affair with his leading lady, Cybill Shepherd. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Target: Hollywood
Peter meets Polly Platt, his closest creative collaborator – and soon, his young wife.  The newlyweds drive across the country to break into the movie business, starting with a low-budget directing gig for Roger Corman.  And Peter finally encounters Orson Welles, who becomes an important mentor to the eager young filmmaker. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....


Bugs
A young film buff named Peter Bogdanovich grows up in New York, learning to obsess over the movies the way his father obsesses over art.  With his sights set on acting, Peter lies his way into the most prestigious acting class in the world.  That’s where he unexpectedly finds his calling as a director – by sparring with one of the biggest TV stars of all time. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Bonus Trailer: I'm Still Peter Bogdanovich
Learn more about the first season of The Plot Thickens, the new podcast from Turner Classic Movies.  The first two episodes premiere on April 28. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....

Introducing The Plot Thickens
Peter Bogdanovich was a young cinephile who quickly rose to become one of Hollywood's top directors. But he soon found himself a victim of jealousy, hubris, public scorn – and a devastating crime.  Now, he looks back on a life of fame and failure, and through it all, an enduring love of the movies. A new seven-part documentary podcast from Turner Classic Movies. Premiering April 28. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....