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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.
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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/policies/listener for privacy information.
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/policies/listener for privacy information.
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2020-04-2833:4920

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/policies/listener for privacy information.
Target: Hollywood

Target: Hollywood

2020-04-2829:3512

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/policies/listener for privacy information.
Cybill

Cybill

2020-05-0538:099

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/policies/listener for privacy information.
Babe Ruth Just Bunted

Babe Ruth Just Bunted

2020-05-1251:206

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/policies/listener for privacy information.
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/policies/listener for privacy information.
Dorothy

Dorothy

2020-05-2647:565

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/policies/listener for privacy information.
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/policies/listener for privacy information.
Howard Hawks

Howard Hawks

2020-06-1627:503

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/policies/listener for privacy information.
Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

2020-06-3028:452

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/policies/listener for privacy information.
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/policies/listener for privacy information.
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Wendy P

Bogdanovich's memories of the production of the movies and decisions made are vastly different than Polly Platt's. You can hear Platt's perspective (with archival interviews) on the current season of the You Must Remember This podcast.

Jun 18th
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Frank Phillips

This season of The Plot Thickens from TCM will be hard to beat in future seasons. And there must be future seasons. it is without question the best podcast I have ever heard (and I love podcasts). The TCM team deserves every listener, every award they pick up.

Jun 13th
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E Barry Parsons

Excellent, excellent podcast, but I guess we can expect that from TCM and Ben. I highly recommend it.

Jun 3rd
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L Yu

he sings I'll be seeing you in the most lovely way.

Jun 3rd
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ann carroll

Fantastic!!!

Jun 1st
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Frank Phillips

This is a great series of podcasts. The host does a great job and the stories that are told are so interestibg!

May 9th
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Shannon Quillian

Enthralling! Listened to all 3 episodes today.

May 8th
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Betsaida Cordero

Captivating.

Apr 30th
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