13 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

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.

    The Plot Thickens Virtual Event

    The Plot Thickens Virtual Event

    TCM host Alicia Malone hosts a conversation with Peter Bogdanovich and Ben Mankiewicz, who share memorable stories and answer questions from listeners about Season 1 of The Plot Thickens.

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    • 30 min
    Henry Fonda, John Wayne and James Stewart

    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.

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    • 26 min
    Alfred Hitchcock

    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.

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    • 28 min
    Howard Hawks

    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.

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    • 27 min
    I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich

    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.

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    • 44 min
    Dorothy

    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.

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Stottc ,

Superb cinema history

An absolute must for anyone with even a passing interest in movies. In depth interviews and fascinating anecdotes about one of cinema’s iconic directors. More of the same please Warner!

Jacx6 ,

Great

So glad I stumbled upon this series . It was so fascinating to listen to such an interesting person like Peter bogdanovich. I have loved some of his films without knowing much about the person behind them. I think Ben Mankiewicz did a superb job of interviewing and presenting this series. Enjoyed every minute.

Frustrated Sp B ,

Terrific podcast!

This is a classy, professional podcast. I’m a huge film fan but especially of the older films from the 40’s. Peter has met and worked with some very famous people and proves to be an incredible mimic whilst recounting stories about the people who were his friends and those he worked with. His life has been interesting, meteoric, brilliant, tragic, full of highs and terrible lows. I found the whole podcast totally spellbinding and couldn’t stop listening to it - now, of course, I’ve heard all the episodes and wish I had rationed myself! I can not recommend this pod highly enough.

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