The Plot Thickens

The Plot Thickens

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TV & Film>Film History

20 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.


  • 27 JUL 2021
    Hollywood Heat
    34m 27s

    As production moves to Los Angeles, the specter of sexism clouds the movie. Rumors swirl among the crew about Melanie Griffith’s plastic surgery, Kim Cattrall's weight loss, and an affair between actress Beth Broderick and director Brian De...

  • 20 JUL 2021
    Wire Without a Net
    42m 0s

    The cast shows its true colors: some are easygoing and relatable, but not Bruce Willis.  The New York shoot spirals over budget as the courtroom scene can only be shot at night, and the film’s entire opening is scrapped in favor of the most...

  • 13 JUL 2021
    The War Zone
    40m 55s

    Shooting hasn't even started and the movie is already under attack.  Detailed leaks and star outbursts are reported daily by a hungry press.  Bit parts, courtroom locations, snippets of dialogue, even a single shot of a plane landing at JFK...

  • 06 JUL 2021
    Reaching for the Stars – and Paying the Price
    40m 21s

    As Tom Hanks researches his role, nobody recognizes how wrong he is for the part. There's more immediate pushback against the casting of Bruce Willis, since his part was written as British.  But the hardest decision comes when the director...

  • 29 JUN 2021
    Lighting the Fire
    46m 52s

    One decision could make or break The Bonfire of the Vanities: who will play the female lead?  It comes down to two actresses – established, expensive Melanie Griffith or an unknown, alluring 19 year-old named Uma Thurman. Suddenly the produ...

  • 09 JUN 2021
    Introducing The Devil's Candy
    4m 25s

    A blockbuster book, an all-star cast... what could possibly go wrong?  For our second season, we're telling the inside story of The Bonfire of the Vanities, a movie that was supposed to be a hit – but wasn't.  Come with us onto the closed s...

  • 05 MAY 2021
    The Plot Thickens Returns This Summer
    47s

    We've got two new seasons coming your way in 2021, and the first is dropping soon.   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

  • 02 NOV 2020
    The Plot Thickens Virtual Event
    30m 9s

    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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informati...

  • 14 JUL 2020
    Henry Fonda, John Wayne and James Stewart
    26m 39s

    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 infor...

  • 30 JUN 2020
    Alfred Hitchcock
    28m 30s

    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 chil...

  • 16 JUN 2020
    Howard Hawks
    27m 10s

    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 Brav...

  • 02 JUN 2020
    I’m Still Peter Bogdanovich
    44m 12s

    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 on...

  • 26 MAY 2020
    Dorothy
    46m 33s

    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 chan...

  • 19 MAY 2020
    Bogdanovich, The Misunderstood
    38m 22s

    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 h...

  • 12 MAY 2020
    Babe Ruth Just Bunted
    49m 55s

    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 tab...

  • 05 MAY 2020
    Cybill
    36m 47s

    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...

  • 28 APR 2020
    Target: Hollywood
    28m 12s

    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 e...

  • 28 APR 2020
    Bugs
    32m 26s

    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....

  • 14 APR 2020
    Bonus Trailer: I'm Still Peter Bogdanovich
    5m 1s

    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.

  • 26 MAR 2020
    Introducing The Plot Thickens
    2m 30s

    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 f...