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Slow fade to black : the decline of RKO Radio Pictures

Author: Richard B Jewell
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Slow Fade to Black completes Richard B. Jewell's richly detailed two-part history of the RKO film studio, which began with RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan Is Born, published in 2012. This second volume charts the studio's fortunes, which peaked during World War II, declined in the post-war period, and finally collapsed in the 1950s. With unparalleled access to archival materials, Jewell chronicles the period from 1942  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard B Jewell
ISBN: 9780520289666 0520289668 9780520289673 0520289676
OCLC Number: 922911995
Description: xvi, 265 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. "Showmanship in place of genius" : the Rathvon-Koerner regime (1942-1945) --
2. "RKO's spirit encircles globe" : the Rathvon regime (1946) --
3. "The screen has come of age" : the Rathvon-Schary regime (1947-1948) --
4. "There is a lot of life in the old place yet" : the Hughes-Depinet-Rogell regime (1948-1950) --
5. "The predictable unpredictable" : the Hughes-Depinet regime (1950-1952) --
6. "The shortest and most bizarre period of studio ownership in film industry history" : the Stolkin interregnum (1952) --
7. "Incompetence or indifference" : the Hughes-Grainger regime (1953-1955) --
8. "He had a great sense of entitlement, Mr. Hughes" : the six-foot-four enigma (1948-1955) --
9. "An untoward turn of events" : the O'Neil-O'Shea-Dozier regime (1955-1957)
Responsibility: Richard B. Jewell.

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Completing the detailed two-part history of the RKO film studio, which began with RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan Is Born, this second volume charts the studio's fortunes, which peaked during World War  Read more...

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"Jewell's scholarship is impeccable and his text is plain-spoken and highly readable. Every studio deserves a similar examination; thank goodness the right man tackled this particular task." -- Read more...

 
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