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RKO, the biggest little major of them all

Author: Betty Lasky
Publisher: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, ©1984.
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The story of RKO--the small studio that produced such film giants as King Kong, Citizen Kane, and the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals--is revealed by a woman who grew up among the great stars of Hollywood's "Golden Years": journalist Betty Lasky, the daughter of Jesse L. Lasky, one of the founders of the movie industry. Here you'll find an intriguing tale of executive greed and politics through changing hands,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lasky, Betty.
RKO, the biggest little major of them all.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice-Hall, ©1984
(OCoLC)561490766
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Betty Lasky
ISBN: 0137814518 9780137814510
OCLC Number: 10778434
Description: xii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Could Hollywood happen anywhere but Hollywood? --
The merger, courtesy of Joe Kennedy (1925-1928) --
The titanic studio : the Le Baron administration, 1929-1931 --
Giant's cradle : the Selznick administration, 1931-1933 --
Heirs to an empty throne, 1933-1935 --
RKO belongs to Berman : the Odlum-Briskin administration, 1936-1937 --
Studio under siege : the Odlum-Schaefer administration, 1938-1942 --
The showmanship company : the Odlum-Koerner administration, 1942-1946 --
The political studio : the Odlum-Schary administration, 1946-1948 --
The outlaw reign : the Hughes administration, 1948-1955.
Other Titles: R.K.O., the biggest little major of them all
Responsibility: Betty Lasky.

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The story of RKO--the small studio that produced such film giants as King Kong, Citizen Kane, and the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers musicals--is revealed by a woman who grew up among the great stars of Hollywood's "Golden Years": journalist Betty Lasky, the daughter of Jesse L. Lasky, one of the founders of the movie industry. Here you'll find an intriguing tale of executive greed and politics through changing hands, the stock market crash, and the demands of the superstars. This wheeling and dealing produced big money for its financiers, yet, ironically, it seldom tainted the high artistic quality of RKO's films. Immerse yourself in the highly controversial saga of the founders, financial manipulators, creative geniuses, and Hollywood users: Joseph P. Kennedy, Howard Hughes, Louis B. Mayer, David O. Selznick, Cecil B. DeMille, Pandro S. Berman, Floyd B. Odlum, David Sarnoff , Gloria Swanson , Orson Welles, Edward F. Albee, Merian C. Cooper, Dore Schary, and, of course, film pioneer Jesse L. Lasky. Illustrated with nearly 100 behind-the-scenes photos, including some depicting the making of such films as Cimarron, Top Hat, The Magnificent Ambersons, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.--Adapted from dust jacket.

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