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RKO Radio Pictures


  • [RKO Radio Pictures was a motion picture production and distribution company. The company was originally established in 1929 as Radio Pictures during the founding of Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corporation. In early 1931 some feature films were produced as Radio Pictures, but by the end of 1931, RKO Radio Pictures seems to have been the main producing entity. It also existed concurrently with RKO Pathe. In 1955 the company merged with General Teleradio to form RKO Teleradio Pictures, but continued to produce features through 1957.]
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    • Radio Keith Orpheum Radio Pictures, inc.
    • RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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    • RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
  • Sources

    • found: Annie Oakley, 1935credits (RKO Radio Pictures presents)
    • found: Slide, A. The new historical dictionary of the American film industry, 2001:p. 173 (RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.; with the coming of sound, David Sarnoff, president of Radio Corporation of America (RCA), joined forces with Joseph P. Kennedy of Film Booking Offices of America (FBO). FBO was merged with the vaudeville circuit of Keith-Albee-Orpheum, which provided theatres in which to screen its product) p. 174 (RKO was sold to General Teleradio in 1955, though it continued to produce features through 1957)
    • found: Film daily year book, 1929 viewed August 17, 2020 via the Internet Archivep. 854 (Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corp; R-K-O; in the fall of 1928 the Radio Corp. of America formed Radio-Keith-Orpheum to serve as a holding company for Keith-Albee-Orpheum, Film Booking Offices and RCA Photophone)
    • found: Film daily yearbook, 1936 viewed August 17, 2020 via the Internet Archivep. 1018 (certain major assets of Pathe Exchange, Inc. were sold to RKO in 1931)
    • found: India speaks ... c1933.
    • found: Neibaur, J.L. The RKO features, 1993:CIP t.p. (RKO Radio Pictures) galley (originated with Robertson-Cole Company, which in 1922, became Film Booking Office of America (FBO), which together with Keith-Albee-Orpheum [no publ. in LC], formed Radio Keith Orpheum, or RKO, in 1929; in 1955, sold to General Teleradio, inc.)
    • found: Millie, 2000:credits (copyrighted by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.; Radio Pictures)
    • found: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1912-1939:p. 543 (Millie, 1931; RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.; 6Feb31; LP1984)
    • found: Encycl. Brittanica, via WWW, Jan. 13, 2011(RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.; formed in merger of the Radio Corporation of America, Keith-Albee-Orpheum theatre chain, and American Pathé productions in 1928)
  • General Notes

    • [RKO Radio Pictures was a motion picture production and distribution company. The company was originally established in 1929 as Radio Pictures during the founding of Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corporation. In early 1931 some feature films were produced as Radio Pictures, but by the end of 1931, RKO Radio Pictures seems to have been the main producing entity. It also existed concurrently with RKO Pathe. In 1955 the company merged with General Teleradio to form RKO Teleradio Pictures, but continued to produce features through 1957.]
  • Editorial Notes

    • [The exact relationship of the RKO film production and distribution companies was in flux during the early years of the company, and cannot be established conclusively.]
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    • 1981-02-16: new
    • 2022-04-26: revised
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