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 (Series Cast Summary - 17 of 22)

Edward Asner ... Himself - Host / ... (6 episodes, 1987)
Linwood G. Dunn ... Himself (4 episodes, 1987)

Ginger Rogers ... Herself (4 episodes, 1987)
Pandro S. Berman ... Himself (3 episodes, 1987)
Joseph F. Biroc ... Himself (3 episodes, 1987)

Lucille Ball ... Herself (2 episodes, 1987)
Katherine Brown ... Herself (2 episodes, 1987)
William Dozier ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)
William Fadiman ... Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1987)

Richard Fleischer ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)
Bert Granet ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)

Jane Greer ... Herself (2 episodes, 1987)

Katharine Hepburn ... Herself (2 episodes, 1987)

John Houseman ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)

Robert Mitchum ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)
John Springer ... Himself - Publicity Department / ... (2 episodes, 1987)
James G. Stewart ... Himself (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
Charles Chabot .... producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Leslie Megahey .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Rosemary Wilton .... producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Alan Yentob .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Film Editing by
Les Filby (2 episodes, 1987)
Colin Jones (2 episodes, 1987)

Robert Brown (unknown episodes)
Andy Milne (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin Loader .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Pete Wane .... graphic designer (3 episodes, 1987)
Series Sound Department
David Jewitt .... film recordist / sound recordist (4 episodes, 1987)
Michael Turner .... film recordist / sound recordist (3 episodes, 1987)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Kennedy .... film cameraman (3 episodes, 1987)
Ivor Richardson .... rostrum camera (3 episodes, 1987)
Nigel Walters .... film cameraman (3 episodes, 1987)

Peter Smokler .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Colin Waldeck .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Andy Milne .... editor: video tape (3 episodes, 1987)

Mick Hitchman .... assistant editor (unknown episodes, 1987)
Series Other crew
Warwick Gee .... programme servicing manager (3 episodes, 1987)
May Grainger .... film acquisition (3 episodes, 1987)
Vernon Harbin .... program consultant (3 episodes, 1987)
Jane Mayes .... researcher (3 episodes, 1987)

Nicky Fox .... production team (unknown episodes)
Rebecca Frayn .... production team (unknown episodes)
Bruce Gallaway .... film recordist (unknown episodes)
Randy Gitsch .... researcher: RKO Archive (unknown episodes)
Kathy Heaton .... production team (unknown episodes)
Mick Hitchman .... production team (unknown episodes)
Amelia Price .... production team (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
David Chierichetti .... thanks (4 episodes, 1987)
John Hall .... thanks (4 episodes, 1987)

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USA:360 min (6 parts)
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
precious moments from the Golden Age of Hollywood, 15 January 2009
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

'The RKO Story' is almost as good as 'MGM: When The Lion Roars' and benefits from a large array of interviews with RKO stars and directors such as Katharine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Jane Russell, and Robert Mitchum.

Each episode of six touches on a different aspect of the studio (beginnings, women in leading roles, Fred and Ginger, Orson Welles, the McCarthy trials, and the decline of the studio with Howard Hughes at the helm), mixing comments, clips, and interviews.

Well worth watching if you're interested in the history of the big studios, and this story is well told. My only quibble would be that focusing one whole episode on Citizen Kane is a bit much when the rest of the studio's output is taken into consideration: but still, it is often slated as the greatest film ever made and this episode gives it honest discussion time.

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