Poll Suggestion: The Best of RKO Pictures

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Once a giant in the motion picture industry RKO Radio Pictures was acquired by Aviation Pioneer Howard Hughes in 1948 who then fired 300 employees he suspected of being communists. This gutting of the studios staff ground to a halt the 30 or so annual production capabilities to under 10 pictures a year. When Hughes grew tired of shareholders concerns about mismanagement, he bought almost all of them out at a cost of $24,000,000 and then almost immediately sold the studio to the General Tire Company, who then proceeded to try and pick up the pieces. But the end finally came for The General Tire Company's tenure of the beleaguered Studio in 1957. But before all of that upheaval took place, the studio did make some of the most beloved pictures that are still cherished today by fans of all ages.

Which one is your favorite?

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls048711737/
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Gitte Løyche

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I love 'Fantasia'! A beautiful fantasy illustrating the marvelous skills and imagination of the creme de la creme of a classic cartoon - totally extinct today (in my opinion)
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Fantasia (1940) is my favorite film for many of the reasons that Gitte Løyche provides above.
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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That movie is probably loved by 5 generations.
I'm saving that movie for my 75th birthday. That's when it'll be my first time watching!
I'm of the same opinion you both are.
They just don't make 'em like that anymore.
Hoping that there will be a remastered version and cinemascope TVs and a media platform that can produce a better picture than UHD in 11 years.
I have about 200 older titles that I will watch that I have not seen yet to celebrate my 75th.
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Isn't it a stretch to say RKO "made" Fantasia or any other Disney pictures?
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Disney-related events

Soon after the appointment of a new production chief, Samuel Briskin, in late 1935, RKO entered into an important distribution deal with animator Walt Disney (Van Beuren consequently folded its cartoon operations) following Walt Disney Productions' issues with United Artists. From 1937 to 1956, the studio released Disney features and shorts; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) was the highest grossing movie in the period between The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Gone with the Wind (1939). While the Disney association was beneficial, RKO's own films were viewed as declining in quality and Briskin was gone by the end of the year. A dispute with RKO over the value of Disney's True-Life Adventures series of live-action documentary featurettes in 1953 led to Walt and his older brother Roy to set up their own distribution firm, Buena Vista Film Distribution.


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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Changed the last sentence.

But before all of that upheaval took place, the studio did make and/or distribute some of the most beloved pictures that are still cherished today by fans of all ages.


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Without RKO's Distribution network and the profits that Walt and Roy enjoyed after entering into an exclusive distribution agreement, there is no Fantasia. No RKO. No Disney. For that era that is. If not RKO, then maybe its Paramount. And do you not think that RKO Radio Pictures Logo was not right there with Disney's?
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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In conclusion, Not A Stretch.

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