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RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan Is Born Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Dana Polan, author of Scenes of Instruction: The Beginnings of the U.S. Study of Film
Richard Jewell has written a definitive portrait of a major Hollywood studio during the heyday of the movies. Enriched by a lode of archival material, Jewell’s RKO story reconstructs the dynamics of the studio system; its stresses and strains; its logistical challenges; and its in-house rivalries. Some big names are vividly brought to life: David Sarnoff, Pandro Berman, Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn, Orson Welles, to name a few. Jewell interweaves RKO’s corporate maneuverings and production agenda with great skill. A more compelling history of a Hollywood major is hard to imagine.”
Tino Balio, author of The Foreign Film Renaissance on American Screens, 19461973
A painstakingly researched and lucidly written business history of RKO Studios from its founding through 1942, Richard Jewell’s RKO Studios: A Titan is Born not only traces the shifting economic fortunes of the studio that gave us King Kong, the Astaire-Rogers musicals, and Citizen Kane but also fills an important gap in our understanding of how the studio system survived and at times even thrived during the Golden Age of Hollywood.”
Charles Maland, author of Chaplin and American Culture
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This is an exceptionally well researched book that is fun to read. I'm happy to have this one in my collection.
The book is a healthy corrective to romantic, star-based views of many movie-goers. It is hard to bring an institution to life on the page, but this work does so splendidly.
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RKO Studios was probably the smallest major movie studio in Los Angeles. Incompetent ever-changing management ran it, made more films with box office sales that didn't even recover... Read morePublished 18 months ago by JackBluegrass
Excellent book on the start of RKO and Orson Welles when he made Citizen Kane & Ambersons. Lots of details on movies that made money and many that did not for the studio. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Angelo Colombus