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Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story 

The history of the major Golden Age of Hollywood film company, RKO Pictures.
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1987  
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Series cast summary:
Edward Asner ...  Himself - Host / ... 6 episodes, 1987
Linwood G. Dunn ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1987
Ginger Rogers ...  Herself 5 episodes, 1987
Pandro S. Berman ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Joseph F. Biroc ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Lucille Ball ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1987
Katherine Brown Katherine Brown ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1987
William Dozier ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1987
William Fadiman William Fadiman ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1987
Richard Fleischer ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1987
Bert Granet Bert Granet ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1987
Jane Greer ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1987
Katharine Hepburn ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1987
John Houseman ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Mitchum ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
John Springer John Springer ...  Himself - Publicity Department / ... 2 episodes, 1987
James G. Stewart James G. Stewart ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Wise ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1987
William Alland William Alland ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Betty Amster Betty Amster ...  Herself 1 episode, 1987
Reginald Armour Reginald Armour ...  Himself, executive assistant to George Schafer 1 episode, 1987
Fred Astaire ...  Himself 3 episodes, 1987
Hal Borne Hal Borne ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Edward Dmytryk ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Edward Eliscu Edward Eliscu ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Joan Fontaine ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1987
Miriam Geiger Miriam Geiger ...  Herself 1 episode, 1987
Stewart Granger ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Shifra Haran Shifra Haran ...  Herself 1 episode, 1987
Vernon Harbin Vernon Harbin ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Ray Harryhausen ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Ralph Hoge Ralph Hoge ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Paul Jarrico Paul Jarrico ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Dorothy Jordan ...  Herself - Widow of Merian C. Cooper 1 episode, 1987
Fay Kanin ...  Herself 1 episode, 1987
Garson Kanin ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Janet Leigh ...  Herself 1 episode, 1987
Perry Lieber Perry Lieber ...  Himself - Head of Publicity 1 episode, 1987
Eriveldo Martins Eriveldo Martins ...  Himself, composer 1 episode, 1987
Kemp Niver Kemp Niver ...  Himself - Investigator 1 episode, 1987
Tom O'Neil Tom O'Neil ...  Himself - President, General Teleradio 1 episode, 1987
Grande Otelo Grande Otelo ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Hermes Pan ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Jean Porter ...  Herself 1 episode, 1987
Zoe Porter Zoe Porter ...  Herself - Secretary to Merian C. Cooper 1 episode, 1987
Gene Raymond ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1987
Erik Rhodes ...  Himself 1 episode, 1987
Jane Russell ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1987
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The history of the major Golden Age of Hollywood film company, RKO Pictures.

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USA | UK

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English

Release Date:

3 July 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The RKO Story: Tales from Hollywood See more »

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Runtime:

(6 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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precious moments from the Golden Age of Hollywood
15 January 2009 | by didi-5See all my reviews

'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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