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The Industry

52 EpisodesProduced by Dan DelgadoWebsite

The Industry is a podcast that takes a closer look at some of the lesser known (and perhaps intentionally) forgotten stories of movie history. Insane productions, scandalous lawsuits, victories from the jaws of defeat, and the occasional crime are the order of the day in this Industry. Each story is… read more

52 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

How Grizzly II: Revenge Was Released After 37 Years

November 4th, 2021


The 1983 horror movie Grizzly II: Revenge boasts a cast that includes George Clooney, Laura Dern, and Charlie Sheen. But it may never have been released if not for Hungarian producer Suzanne C. Nagy, who finally made it …

One Man's Quest to Fix Superman IV

September 30th, 2021


Like many Superman fans, British actor Aaron Price grew up believing a man could fly — thanks to the spectacular 1978 Richard Donner film starring …

Harold Lloyd's Last Film — With Preston Sturges and Howard Hughes

September 9th, 2021


Preston Sturges was so desperate to direct that he sold one of his scripts for $10 — then persuaded silent film and talkie star Harold Lloyd to star.

Behind the Scenes of The Industry

August 21st, 2021


Dan Delgado is the host of The Industry, where he focuses each episode on lesser-known or forgotten movie history. He tells stories of Hollywood's …

Pacino! Chinatown 2! Spider-Man! The High-Water Mark of Cannon Films

August 1st, 2021


At the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, the impresarios of Cannon Films — best known for movies like Superman IV and Over the Top — showed up on the scene in matching tracksuits, with a grand vision.

They announced their …

Comrade Cukor: When Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Taylor and Cicely Tyson Invaded The Soviet Union

July 7th, 2021


In the 1970s, in an attempt to thaw the Cold War, the U.S. and USSR decided to co-produce a film: Cinematic detente! 

The United States would provide …

Bruce Lee and Bruceploitation 101

April 28th, 2021


When Bruce Lee died on June 20, 1973, Hollywood and Hong Kong scrambled to replace him, creating a misbegotten genre called "Bruceploitation."

But …

Lions and Tigers and Stitches, Oh My! The Making of Roar

February 23rd, 2021


Roar is the story of a family — including Tippi Hedren and real-life daughter Melanie Griffith — stalked by lions and tigers on an African nature preserve.

When it was finally released in the United States in 2015 — …

When Nicholas Ray Made a Student Film... at 61

January 13th, 2021


Nicholas Ray is a legendary director known for his emotional, incredibly influential output in the 1950s. From Humphrey Bogart's best performance with

Woodstock on Wheels? The Failure of Medicine Ball Caravan

November 18th, 2020


In 1970 Warner Brothers had a surprise hit on its hands when they released the documentary/concert film Woodstock.

Though the studio spent less than …

My Wife! From Kazakhstan Watched the New Borat (Bonus Episode)

October 25th, 2020


When I first met Aigul Kaparova, the woman whom I would eventually marry, she told me she was from Kazakhstan. And of course there was basically one …

How Superman IV Became a Disaster: Christopher Reeve's Two-Picture Deal

September 16th, 2020


Christopher Reeve came out of Superman retirement to make Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, a film widely considered a disaster.

He had said in 1983, …

Blood Circus — Inside an Infomercial Star's One-Ring Circus

July 22nd, 2020


In 1985, Baltimore infomercial star Santo Victor Rigatuso, aka Santo Gold, produced an extravaganza with something for everyone: It promised horror, …

The Other John Barry

June 11th, 2020


John Barry is a deeply respected set designer, responsible for the Korova Milk Bar in A Clockwork Orange, the cantina in Star Wars, and the Fortress …

Five Days of the Tiger

April 10th, 2020


In 1971 actor Elliott Gould was on top of world. Then he started A Glimpse of Tiger, a new movie that he was starring and producing. What followed …

Behold... The Apple!

March 17th, 2020


When Israeli filmmaker Menahem Golan wanted to break into Hollywood he went all in on an over the top disco musical. Unfortunately by 1980, when his …

Bonus Episode: A Very Special Presentation

December 16th, 2019


Slow, melancholy, and the true meaning of Christmas. It might sound more like a December mass at a local church but it's actually commonly used …

A Not So New Hope

November 6th, 2019


Patrick Read Johnson first wrapped on his autobiographical film 5-25-77 back in 2004. The title refers to the day Star Wars was released and how it changed his life. In the years since then he's be working to get the …

How To Slice A Sicilian

October 23rd, 2019


Director Michael Cimino has a complicated history. As Oscar and Razzie winner who only made seven films, Cimino frequently found himself struggling with producers to get his vision out. 

When the producers of The …

The Rebellion of Jamaa Fanaka

October 9th, 2019


Jamaa Fanaka was the most prolific college filmmaker of all time. Once he left college he found Hollywood to not be so inclusive. He decided to fight …

He Really Was That Masked Man

September 25th, 2019


On paper it was a great idea. Bringing the iconic character of The Lone Ranger to the silver screen should have brought with it good feelings of …

No Mr. Bond, I Expect You In Court

September 11th, 2019


The James Bond series has been going for over 50 years. In that time the MI:6 agent has fought many villains. However, for many fans of the series, 007's greatest villain might have been off screen. Producer Kevin …

The (Almost, But Not Quite) Return of Billy Jack

August 28th, 2019


In the 1970's actor Tom Laughlin helped change the industry with his advertising and distribution ideas for his Billy Jack series. In the 1980's he planned a comeback movie and another potential industry game changer, …

The Dino De Laurentiis Million Dollar Giveaway

August 14th, 2019


Robertino Yanzanny was just a teenager in Puerto Rico when he fell in love with the movies and developed an admiration for super producer Dino De Laurentiis.

De Laurentiis left a huge impression in The Industry. Big …

The Great Gleason Pivot

July 31st, 2019


Jackie Gleason is an entertainment legend. He's one guy who truly did it all. Movies, Broadway, conducted his own orchestra (!), and most of all …

Season Two Trailer

May 9th, 2019


A new season of The Industry is coming this summer, with more lesser known stories of Hollywood history. 

Check out season one at

The Ballad of Coy and Vance

November 26th, 2018


The Dukes of Hazzard was a top ten show heading into its fifth season. That's when a report came out revealing just how much the show had earned in merchandising. And that's when the stars of that show realized how much …

Staring at the Sunn

October 29th, 2018


Aliens, mountain men, and Jesus were the stars of the day for Sunn Classic Pictures. Throughout the 1970s, Sunn Classic proved to be a highly …

Mr. Dugan Doesn't Go To Washington

September 30th, 2018


Mister Dugan had the potential to be a hit show. It was a topical series about a recently elected idealistic black congressman who has to contend …

Bonus Episode: Waiting For Hoffman

August 27th, 2018


In this bonus episode we take a look at how in the 1980s Cannon Films signed a major star to the biggest deal in entertainment history and still didn't get the movie made. LaBrava was to be an adaptation of the Elmore …

The Legend of Supertrain

July 23rd, 2018


The fall season for NBC in the 1978-79 season was a disaster. It was such a wreck that virtually of their fall debuts were gone by the time January …

Cliff Robertson Will Not Be Silenced

July 16th, 2018


In 1977 actor Cliff Robertson received a notice in the mail saying he owed taxes a $10,000 payment he received from Columbia Pictures. The only …

Winter Kills

July 9th, 2018


Director William Richert had a dream set up for his first feature film. It was based on a new popular novel from the author of The Manchurian …


July 2nd, 2018


After earning massive success in the early 1970's with the movies The French Connection and The Exorcist, William Friedkin could call his own shots. …

Lambada vs The Forbidden Dance

June 27th, 2018


When Menahem Golan left Cannon Films for 21st Century Pictures, he brought with him a grudge that would propel both companies into direct competition …

The Rural Purge

June 23rd, 2018


The Rural Purge is legend of television history. A landmark time and a watershed moment when TV decided to leave behind the down home fun and …

The Industry Trailer

June 20th, 2018


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