List of RKO Pictures films

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Lobby card for Rio Rita (1929), RKO's first hit

RKO (Radio-Keith-Orpheum) Pictures (also known as RKO Productions, Radio Pictures, RKO Radio Pictures, RKO Teleradio Pictures and, for a short time, RKO Pathé) is an American film production and distribution company. The original company produced films from 1929, the year after its inception, through its dissolution in 1959. RKO is an acronym for "Radio-Keith-Orpheum", created when RCA orchestrated a merge between Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) and Keith-Albee-Orpheum (KAO), and was officially announced on October 23, 1928.[1] Within two years, the company added Pathé Exchange to the organization, which included the new company's studios in Culver City, its film laboratories in New Jersey, Pathé News, and the company's distribution networks in Europe and the United States.[2]

In the 1930s and 1940s, Hollywood's Golden Age, RKO was one of the Big Five studios. It was during this period that its lineup of acting talent included some of the great names of cinema history: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Robert Mitchum. Some of the studio's most notable films include: Cimarron (which won the 1931 Academy Award for Best Picture), Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946—the studio's only other Academy Award for Best Picture), and what some people consider the greatest film of all time, 1941's Citizen Kane.[3][4]

The studio declined after Howard Hughes acquired ownership in 1948,[5] and it was sold to the General Tire and Rubber Company in 1955.[6] After several years of attempting to save the company, in January 1957, General Tire reached an agreement with Universal Pictures, where Universal would distribute the remaining RKO product, but the agreement effectively ended all film production at RKO.[7] In 1959 General Tire put all of its non-core operations in a holding company, RKO General,[8] which in 1978 reconstituted RKO Pictures, Inc. as their production subsidiary,[9] although the new company did not release its first film until 1981.[10] General Tire sold RKO Pictures in 1989, at which point it began operating under new management as a small independent film company, RKO Pictures, LLC.[11][12]

All release dates are from the AFI Database, except as follows: those designated with an (*) are from imdb.com, and those designated with a (**) are from Theiapolis.com; other sources are noted with footnotes. The date listed is the earliest date, whether that be the premiere or the general release date. The order is according to release dates in the United States.

1929[edit]

RKO's first year of production resulted in the release of 13 films, highlighted by Syncopation, The Vagabond Lover, and Rio Rita.[13] Two previous films titled Come and Get It (February 3, 1929)[14] and The Drifter (February 8, 1929)[15] were listed by AFI as RKO productions, but the copyright claimant is RKO's precursor, F.B.O. Productions, Inc.

Poster for Syncopation, RKO's first release
Advertisement for The Vagabond Lover
Release date Film[16] Notes/References
March 24, 1929 Syncopation First film released by RKO, but second produced[17]
July 30, 1929 Street Girl First film produced by RKO; premiered in New York City with wide release on August 21, 1929[18]
August 10, 1929 Half Marriage Premiered in New York City, wide release on October 13, 1929[19]
August 24, 1929 Very Idea, TheThe Very Idea Premiered in New York City, wide release on September 15, 1929[20]
September 8, 1929 Side Street [21]
September 15, 1929 Rio Rita With Technicolor sequences[22]
September 22, 1929 Delightful Rogue, TheThe Delightful Rogue [23]
October 27, 1929 Night Parade [24]
October 30, 1929 Jazz Heaven Premiered in New York City, wide release on November 3, 1929[25]
November 10, 1929 Tanned Legs [26]
November 26, 1929 Vagabond Lover, TheThe Vagabond Lover First talking film for Rudy Vallee; premiered in New York City, wide release on December 1, 1929[27]
December 14, 1929 Dance Hall Premiered in New York City, wide release December 27, 1929[28]
December 25, 1929 Seven Keys to Baldpate Premiered in New York City, wide release on January 12, 1930[29]

The 1930s[edit]

The first full decade for the fledgling film studio was a mixture of large successes and deep instability, as the studio went through numerous management changes. The studio produced many classic films, such as Gunga Din, Cimarron (the first Western film to win the best picture Oscar, and only one of two RKO films to win that award), King Kong, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Top Hat, The Three Musketeers, Bringing Up Baby and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. During this decade, the studio owned the contracts of such notable talents as Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Mary Astor, Joel McCrea and Joan Fontaine, as well as off-screen talent such as Irving Berlin and John Ford.[30] A major accomplishment for the studio came when they signed an exclusive distribution deal with Walt Disney Pictures.[31]

1930[edit]

The studio released 29 films that year, although there were no major critical or financial hits.[32]

Theatrical poster for Girl of the Port
Theatrical poster for Alias French Gertie
Theatrical poster for She's My Weakness
Online film of Dixiana
Title card of Danger Lights
Release date Film Notes
January 5, 1930 Love Comes Along [33]
January 14, 1930 Hit the Deck With Technicolor sequences;[32] premiered in New York, wide release on February 23, 1930
February 2, 1930 Girl of the Port [34]
February 9, 1930 Second Wife [35]
February 23, 1930 Case of Sergeant Grischa, TheThe Case of Sergeant Grischa Oscar nomination for Best Sound Recording[36]
March 2, 1930 Beau Bandit [37]
March 16, 1930 Framed [38]
March 21, 1930 Lovin' the Ladies Premiered in New York City, wide release April 6, 1930[39]
April 11, 1930 Alias French Gertie Premiered in New York City, wide release April 20, 1930[40]
April 18, 1930 He Knew Women Premiered in New York City, wide release May 18, 1930[41]
April 25, 1930 Cuckoos, TheThe Cuckoos Premiered in New York City, wide release May 4, 1930[42]
May 4, 1930 Runaway Bride, TheThe Runaway Bride [43]
May 30, 1930 Midnight Mystery Premiered in New York City, wide release May 1, 1930[44]
June 15, 1930 Fall Guy , TheThe Fall Guy [45]
June 20, 1930 She's My Weakness Premiered in New York City, wide release August 1, 1930[46]
July 5, 1930 Inside the Lines [47]
July 11, 1930 Lawful Larceny Premiered in New York City, wide release August 17, 1930[48]
July 20, 1930 Shooting Straight [49]
August 1, 1930 Dixiana With Technicolor sequences[50]
August 10, 1930 Conspiracy [51]
September 1, 1930* Escape [52]
September 12, 1930 Leathernecking With Technicolor sequences; premiered in New York City, wide release September 22, 1930[53]
October 4, 1930 Half Shot at Sunrise [54]
October 15, 1930 Pay-Off, TheThe Pay-Off [55]
October 24, 1930 Silver Horde, TheThe Silver Horde Premiered in New York City, wide release on October 25, 1930[56]
October 25, 1930 Check and Double Check [57]
November 10, 1930 Sin Takes a Holiday Produced by Pathé; might have been released on November 20, 1930[58]
November 15, 1930 Danger Lights Premiered Chicago, wide release December 12, 1930[59]
December 24, 1930 Hook, Line and Sinker Premiered in New York City, wide release on December 26, 1930[60]

1931[edit]

RKO acquired Pathé in January, and released films under both the RKO and RKO Pathé labels. Combined, the studio would release 50 films during the year, with its film, Cimarron winning the Best Picture Oscar. By the end of the year, David O. Selznick took over as the head of production for the studio.[61]

Release date Film Notes/References
January 15, 1931 Royal Bed, TheThe Royal Bed [62]
January 16, 1931 Beau Ideal Premiered in New York City, wide release January 25, 1931[63]
January 18, 1931 Painted Desert, TheThe Painted Desert First talking film for Clark Gable[64]
January 26, 1931 Cimarron Academy Award for Best Picture, the first for a Western film; premiered in New York City, wide release February 9, 1931[65]
February 6, 1931 Millie Premiered in New York City, wide release February 8, 1931[66]
February 22, 1931 Lonely Wives [67]
February 22, 1931 Kept Husbands [68]
March 8, 1931 Lady Refuses, TheThe Lady Refuses [69]
March 15, 1931 Behind Office Doors [70]
March 15, 1931** W Plan, TheThe W Plan [71]
March 27, 1931 Laugh and Get Rich Premiered in New York City, wide release April 20, 1931[72]
April 1, 1931 Perfect Alibi, TheThe Perfect Alibi Aka Birds of Prey[73]
April 4, 1931 Cracked Nuts Premiered in New York City, wide release April 19, 1931[74]
April 12, 1931 Beyond Victory [75]
April 15, 1931 Bachelor Apartment [76]
April 17, 1931 Born to Love [77]
April 18, 1931 Sin Ship, TheThe Sin Ship [78]
May 22, 1931 Everything's Rosie Premiered in New York City, wide release June 13, 1931[79]
May 23, 1931 Young Donovan's Kid Premiered in New York City, wide release June 6, 1931[80]
June 6, 1931 White Shoulders [81]
June 12, 1931 Transgression Premiered in New York City, wide release June 27, 1931[82]
June 25, 1931 Sweepstakes Premiered in New York City, wide release July 10, 1931[83]
July 3, 1931 Three Who Loved [84]
July 8, 1931 Woman of Experience, AA Woman of Experience Premiered in New York City, wide release August 7, 1931[85]
July 17, 1931 Common Law , TheThe Common Law Premiered in New York City, wide release July 24, 1931[86]
July 18, 1931 Too Many Cooks [87]
July 31, 1931 Public Defender, TheThe Public Defender Premiered in New York City, wide release August 1, 1931[88]
August 3, 1931* Woman Between, TheThe Woman Between [89][90]
August 7, 1931 Traveling Husbands Premiered in New York City, wide release August 15, 1931[91]
August 7, 1931 Runaround, TheThe Runaround First all-Technicolor RKO production; premiered in New York City, wide release August 22, 1931[92]
August 18, 1931 High Stakes [93]
August 22, 1931 Gay Diplomat, TheThe Gay Diplomat [94]
August 28, 1931 Rebound Premiered in New York City, wide release September 18, 1931[95]
September 4, 1931 Big Gamble, TheThe Big Gamble [96]
September 5, 1931 Caught Plastered [97]
September 11, 1931 Sundown Trail [98]
September 12, 1931 Smart Woman [99]
September 25, 1931 Devotion [100]
October 2, 1931 Bad Company [101]
October 3, 1931 Friends and Lovers [102]
October 10, 1931 Fanny Foley Herself Second all-Technicolor RKO production[103]
October 15, 1931 Consolation Marriage Premiered Hollywood, CA; wide release November 21, 1931[104]
October 16, 1931 Tip-Off, TheThe Tip-Off [105]
October 30, 1931 Freighters of Destiny [106]
November 13, 1931 Are These Our Children? Premiered in New York City, wide release November 14, 1931[107]
November 13, 1931 Way Back Home [108]
November 14, 1931 Secret Service [109]
November 20, 1931 Suicide Fleet [110]
December 18, 1931 Big Shot, TheThe Big Shot [111]
December 25, 1931 Peach O'Reno Aka Peach-O-Reno[112]

1932[edit]

46 films were produced and released by RKO during the year. Although Selznick was successful in signing major talent like Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn and George Cukor, financially, it was one of the worst years for the studio, as it was for many other studios as the Great Depression deepened. The RKO Pathé label was completely abandoned during this year.[113]

Window card for What Price Hollywood?
Lobby card for The Animal Kingdom
Release date Film Notes/References
January 1, 1932 Woman Commands, AA Woman Commands First talking film for Pola Negri[114]
January 8, 1932 Men of Chance Released in January, after premiering in NYC on December 26, 1931[115]
January 8, 1932 Partners [116]
January 15, 1932 Girl of the Rio [117]
January 19, 1932 Panama Flo [118]
January 22, 1932 Prestige [119]
February 5, 1932 Ladies of the Jury [120]
February 19, 1932 Lady with a Past [121]
March 10, 1932 Lost Squadron, TheThe Lost Squadron [122]
March 19, 1932 Saddle Buster, TheThe Saddle Buster [123]
March 19, 1932 Carnival Boat [124]
March 27, 1932 Girl Crazy [125]
March 29, 1932 Theft of the Mona Lisa, TheThe Theft of the Mona Lisa Distribution only, produced by Super-Film GmbH[126]
April 8, 1932 Young Bride [127]
April 8, 1932 Office Girl, TheThe Office Girl Aka Sunshine Susie; distribution only[128]
April 14, 1932 Symphony of Six Million [129]
April 28, 1932 Roadhouse Murder, TheThe Roadhouse Murder [130]
May 5, 1932 State's Attorney [131]
May 13, 1932 Ghost Valley [132]
May 27, 1932 Westward Passage [133]
June 17, 1932 Is My Face Red? [134]
June 24, 1932 What Price Hollywood? [135]
July 8, 1932 Beyond the Rockies [136]
July 8, 1932 Roar of the Dragon [137]
August 12, 1932 Bird of Paradise [138]
August 19, 1932 Age of Consent, TheThe Age of Consent [139]
August 19, 1932 Bring 'Em Back Alive [140]
September 9, 1932 Most Dangerous Game, TheThe Most Dangerous Game [141]
September 16, 1932 Hold 'Em Jail [142]
September 16, 1932 Thirteen Women [143]
September 23, 1932 Hell's Highway [144]
September 23, 1932 Come on Danger! [145]
September 30, 1932 Bill of Divorcement , AA Bill of Divorcement [146]
October 7, 1932 Strange Justice [147]
October 14, 1932 Phantom of Crestwood, TheThe Phantom of Crestwood [148]
November 4, 1932 Little Orphan Annie [149]
November 11, 1932 Sport Parade, TheThe Sport Parade [150]
November 18, 1932 Men Are Such Fools [151]
November 18, 1932 Conquerors , TheThe Conquerors [152]
November 25, 1932 Renegades of the West [153]
November 25, 1932 Rockabye [154]
November 25, 1932 Men of America [155]
December 2, 1932 Secrets of the French Police [156]
December 9, 1932 Penguin Pool Murder, TheThe Penguin Pool Murder [157]
December 16, 1932 Half-Naked Truth, TheThe Half-Naked Truth [158]
December 23, 1932 Animal Kingdom, TheThe Animal Kingdom [159]

1933[edit]

RKO produced and/or distributed 49 films during the year. Selznick left the studio early in 1933 due to in-fighting over production control. As a result of the record losses in 1932, the studio went into receivership. Through all the hardship, and while posting a net loss for the year of just over $4 million, the studio saw some large successes, such as King Kong, Little Women, Flying Down to Rio (the first pairing of Astaire and Rogers), and Morning Glory (which netted Katharine Hepburn her first Oscar for Best Actress).[160]

Poster for King Kong
Lobby card for Christopher Strong
Lobby card for Sweepings
Lobby card for Morning Glory
Lobby card for Little Women
Lobby card for Headline Shooter
Release date Film Notes
January 6, 1933 No Other Woman [161]
January 13, 1933 Monkey's Paw, TheThe Monkey's Paw [162]
January 20, 1933 Cheyenne Kid, TheThe Cheyenne Kid [163]
January 20, 1933 Past of Mary Holmes, TheThe Past of Mary Holmes [164]
January 27, 1933 Goldie Gets Along [165]
January 28, 1933 Lucky Devils [166]
February 17, 1933 Great Jasper, TheThe Great Jasper [167]
February 23, 1933 Our Betters [168]
February 24, 1933 Topaze [169]
March 2, 1933 King Kong [170]
March 7, 1933 Sailor Be Good [171]
March 9, 1933 Christopher Strong [172]
March 10, 1933 Scarlet River [173]
April 14, 1933 Sweepings [174]
April 28, 1933 India Speaks [175]
April 29, 1933 Diplomaniacs [176]
May 5, 1933 Son of the Border [177]
May 5, 1933 Silver Cord, TheThe Silver Cord [178]
May 24, 1933 Man Hunt [179]
June 2, 1933 Tomorrow at Seven [180]
June 9, 1933 Professional Sweetheart [181]
June 16, 1933 Melody Cruise [182]
June 24, 1933 Emergency Call [183]
June 29, 1933 Bed of Roses [184]
June 30, 1933 Cross Fire [185]
July 13, 1933 Double Harness [186]
July 14, 1933 Flying Devils [187]
July 28, 1933 Headline Shooter [188]
August 4, 1933 Before Dawn [189]
August 5, 1933 Big Brain, TheThe Big Brain [190]
August 8, 1933 No Marriage Ties [191]
August 18, 1933 Morning Glory [192]
August 18, 1933 Blind Adventure [193]
August 18, 1933 Deluge [194]
September 1, 1933 Rafter Romance [195]
September 8, 1933 One Man's Journey [196]
September 22, 1933 Midshipman Jack [197]
September 26, 1933 Ann Vickers [198]
September 29, 1933 Flaming Gold [199]
October 20, 1933 Ace of Aces [200]
October 26, 1933 After Tonight [201]
October 27, 1933 Chance at Heaven [202]
November 3, 1933 Aggie Appleby, Maker of Men [203]
November 10, 1933 Goodbye Love [204]
November 16, 1933 Little Women Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture[205]
November 17, 1933 Right to Romance, TheThe Right to Romance [206]
December 1, 1933 If I Were Free [207]
December 22, 1933 Flying Down to Rio First film teaming of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers[208]
December 22, 1933 Son of Kong [209]

1934[edit]

RKO released 45 films in 1934. While the studio lost money, its losses were far less ($310,000) than they had been in the prior three years. The year saw George Stevens become a major director. Several highlights of the year were The Lost Patrol (the first RKO film directed by John Ford), Of Human Bondage, Anne of Green Gables, and The Little Minister.[210]

Release date Film Notes
January 12, 1934 Meanest Gal in Town, TheThe Meanest Gal in Town [211]
January 13, 1934 Man of Two Worlds [212]
January 19, 1934 Long Lost Father [213]
January 26, 1934 Two Alone [214]
February 2, 1934 Hips, Hips, Hooray! [215]
February 16, 1934 Lost Patrol , TheThe Lost Patrol [216]
March 2, 1934 Keep 'Em Rolling [217]
March 8, 1934 Spitfire [218]
March 14, 1934 Crime Doctor , TheThe Crime Doctor [219]
April 6, 1934 Wild Cargo [220]
April 13, 1934 This Man is Mine [221]
April 19, 1934 Dover Road , TheThe Dover Road [222]
April 20, 1934 Sing and Like It [223]
May 3, 1934** Success at Any Price Some sources, including AFI, have the film opening in March, but the New York Times review is on May 4, which would coincide with the May 3 release date.[224][225]
May 4, 1934 Finishing School [226]
May 11, 1934 Strictly Dynamite [227]
May 12, 1934 Stingaree [228]
June 14, 1934 Life of Vergie Winters, TheThe Life of Vergie Winters Premiered in New York City, general release date was June 22, 1934[229]
June 15, 1934 Murder on the Blackboard [230]
June 22, 1934 Let's Try Again [231]
June 28, 1934 Of Human Bondage [232]
June 29, 1934 Cockeyed Cavaliers [233]
July 13, 1934 We're Rich Again [234]
July 17, 1934 His Greatest Gamble Premiered in New York City, general release date was August 10, 1934[235]
July 26, 1934 Hat, Coat and Glove Premiered in New York City, general release date was July 27, 1934[236]
July 28, 1934 Bachelor Bait [237]
August 17, 1934 Their Big Moment [238]
August 17, 1934 Adventure Girl [239]
August 23, 1934 Fountain , TheThe Fountain [240]
August 31, 1934 Down to Their Last Yacht [241]
September 14, 1934 Age of Innocence, TheThe Age of Innocence Premiered on September 1, 1934[242]
September 21, 1934 Richest Girl in the World, TheThe Richest Girl in the World [243]
October 5, 1934 Dangerous Corner [244]
October 12, 1934 Gay Divorcee, TheThe Gay Divorcee Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture[245]
October 26, 1934 Gridiron Flash [246]
October 26, 1934 Wednesday's Child [247]
November 2, 1934 Kentucky Kernels [248]
November 9, 1934 By Your Leave [249]
November 9, 1934 Woman in the Dark [250]
November 23, 1934 Anne of Green Gables [251]
December 7, 1934 Lightning Strikes Twice [252]
December 10, 1934 Silver Streak, TheThe Silver Streak [253]
December 14, 1934 Red Morning [254]
December 27, 1934 West of the Pecos Premiered in New York City, general release date was January 4, 1935[255]
December 28, 1934 Little Minister, TheThe Little Minister [256]

1935[edit]

RKO released 42 films in 1935, of which it produced 39. There was yet another shake-up in the management structure of the studio, but the company saw its first profit since 1930, albeit a small one of $684,000. Highlights of the year included Alice Adams, and Becky Sharp (the first full-length feature film in Technicolor). The studio also saw several major disappointments, including The Last Days of Pompeii.[257] In addition to the films produced, RKO acquired the distribution rights for The March of Time newsreel series in June 1935, a relationship that continued until July 1942.[258]:87 Released monthly, each edition was approximately 20 minutes long.

Lobby card for The Informer
Lobby card for Break of Hearts
Poster for Becky Sharp
Poster for Top Hat, most successful film of the Astaire-Rogers partnership and Oscar nominee for Best Picture
Release date Film Notes
January 11, 1935 Romance in Manhattan [259]
January 18, 1935 Grand Old Girl [260]
February 1, 1935 Enchanted April [261]
February 14, 1935 Murder on a Honeymoon Wide release date was February 22[262]
February 15, 1935 Gigolette Distribution only, produced by Select Productions[263]
March 1, 1935 Captain Hurricane [264]
March 8, 1935 Roberta [265]
March 15, 1935 People's Enemy, TheThe People's Enemy Distribution only, produced by Select Productions[266]
March 22, 1935 Dog of Flanders , AA Dog of Flanders [267]
April 1, 1935 Strangers All [268]
April 5, 1935 Laddie [269]
April 11, 1935 Star of Midnight Wide release date was April 19[270]
May 3, 1935 Chasing Yesterday [271]
May 9, 1935 Informer, TheThe Informer Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; wide release date was May 24[272]
May 10, 1935 Village Tale [273]
May 16, 1935 Break of Hearts Wide release date was May 31[274]
June 7, 1935 Nitwits, TheThe Nitwits [275]
June 13, 1935 Becky Sharp First full-length feature entirely in three-strip Technicolor; wide release date was June 28; distribution only, produced by Pioneer Films[276]
June 14, 1935 Hooray for Love [277]
June 28, 1935 Arizonian, TheThe Arizonian [278]
July 12, 1935 She [279]
August 2, 1935 Old Man Rhythm [280]
August 9, 1935 Jalna [281]
August 15, 1935 Alice Adams Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; wide release date was August 23[282]
September 6, 1935 Hot Tip [283]
August 29, 1935 Top Hat Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; went into wide release on September 6 [284]
September 13, 1935 Return of Peter Grimm, TheThe Return of Peter Grimm [285]
September 27, 1935 Powdersmoke Range [286]
September 29, 1935 His Family Tree [287]
October 4, 1935 Freckles [288]
October 11, 1935 Hi, Gaucho! [289]
October 18, 1935 Last Days of Pompeii, TheThe Last Days of Pompeii [290]
October 25, 1935 Rainmakers, TheThe Rainmakers [291]
November 1, 1935 Three Musketeers, TheThe Three Musketeers [292]
November 8, 1935 To Beat the Band [293]
November 15, 1935 Annie Oakley [294]
November 22, 1935 In Person [295]
November 27, 1935 I Dream Too Much [296]
December 13, 1935 Seven Keys to Baldpate [297]
December 20, 1935 Another Face [298]
December 20, 1935 Fang and Claw [299]
December 27, 1935 We're Only Human [300]

1936[edit]

1936 was another profitable year for RKO, which released 39 films. The studio saw the arrival of producer Howard Hawks as well as George and Ira Gershwin. Although the studio did well overall, there were few outstanding pictures, Follow the Fleet and Swing Time, both Astaire and Rogers vehicles, being the exception. One of the biggest disappointments of the year was Sylvia Scarlett, starring Katharine Hepburn.[31]

Release date Film Notes
January 3, 1936 Sylvia Scarlett [301]
January 10, 1936 Two in the Dark [302]
January 17, 1936 Chatterbox [303]
February 1, 1936 Muss 'Em Up Premiered in New York City, wide release on February 14, 1936[304]
February 7, 1936 Lady Consents, TheThe Lady Consents [305]
February 21, 1936 Follow the Fleet [306]
February 22, 1936 Yellow Dust Premiered in New York City, wide release on March 13, 1936[307]
March 4, 1936 Love on a Bet Premiered in New York City, wide release on March 6, 1936[308]
March 6, 1936 Farmer in the Dell, TheThe Farmer in the Dell Premiered in New York City, wide release on March 27, 1936[309]
March 20, 1936 Silly Billies [310]
April 3, 1936 Two in Revolt [311]
April 17, 1936 Murder on a Bridle Path [312]
April 24, 1936 Witness Chair, TheThe Witness Chair [313]
April 24, 1936 Special Investigator Premiered in New York City, wide release on May 8, 1936[314]
May 15, 1936 Ex-Mrs. Bradford, TheThe Ex-Mrs. Bradford [315]
May 22, 1936 Dancing Pirate [316]
July 10, 1936 Bride Walks Out, TheThe Bride Walks Out [317]
July 12, 1936 Let's Sing Again [318]
June 12, 1936 Last Outlaw, TheThe Last Outlaw Premiered in New York City, wide release on June 19, 1936[319]
June 26, 1936 Bunker Bean [320]
July 27, 1936 M'Liss [321]
July 31, 1936 Grand Jury Premiered in New York City, wide release on August 7, 1936[322]
August 21, 1936 Second Wife [323]
August 28, 1936 Mary of Scotland [324]
September 4, 1936 Swing Time [325]
September 11, 1936 Walking on Air [326]
September 18, 1936 Don't Turn 'Em Loose [327]
October 2, 1936 Mummy's Boys [328]
October 9, 1936 Big Game, TheThe Big Game [329]
October 17, 1936 Daniel Boone [330]
October 23, 1936 Without Orders [331]
November 6, 1936 Woman Rebels, AA Woman Rebels [332]
November 13, 1936 Make Way for a Lady [333]
November 20, 1936 Winterset [334]
November 27, 1936 Smartest Girl in Town [335]
December 4, 1936 Wanted! Jane Turner [336]
December 11, 1936 Plot Thickens, TheThe Plot Thickens [337]
December 18, 1936 Night Waitress [338]
December 25, 1936 Rainbow on the River [339]

1937[edit]

1937 was the most productive year in RKO's history, with the studio releasing 56 films, as well as entering into an agreement to distribute films produced by Walt Disney Productions. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first Disney film released by RKO, premiered in December 1937, although it underwent wide release in February 1938, and was a huge success. It was one of the few successes for the studio this year, which again went through yet another management change. Another bright spot for the studio was Stage Door, which while it was only a small financial success, received very good critical notices, including four Oscar nominations.[340]

Lobby card for Quality Street
Poster for Border Cafe
Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers in Stage Door
Release date Film Notes
January 1, 1937 That Girl from Paris [341]
January 8, 1937 We Who Are About to Die [342]
January 12, 1937 Racing Lady Premiered in New York, wide release on January 29, 1937[343]
January 15, 1937 Plough and the Stars, TheThe Plough and the Stars [344]
January 26, 1937 Criminal Lawyer Premiered in New York, wide release on January 29, 1937[345]
February 5, 1937 They Wanted to Marry [346]
February 11, 1937 We're on the Jury Premiered in New York, wide release on February 12, 1937[347]
February 19, 1937 When's Your Birthday? [348]
February 19, 1937 Sea Devils [349]
February 26, 1937 Park Avenue Logger [350]
March 5, 1937 Don't Tell the Wife [351]
March 12, 1937 China Passage [352]
March 26, 1937 Quality Street [353]
April 2, 1937 Man Who Found Himself, TheThe Man Who Found Himself [354]
April 9, 1937 Soldier and the Lady, TheThe Soldier and the Lady [355]
April 9, 1937 Too Many Wives [356]
April 16, 1937 Outcasts of Poker Flat, TheThe Outcasts of Poker Flat [357]
April 23, 1937 Woman I Love, TheThe Woman I Love [358]
April 30, 1937 You Can't Buy Luck [353]
May 7, 1937 Shall We Dance [359]
May 14, 1937 Behind the Headlines [360]
May 21, 1937 There Goes My Girl [361]
May 28, 1937 Hollywood Cowboy [362]
June 4, 1937 Border Cafe [363]
June 4, 1937 Meet the Missus [364]
June 18, 1937 Riding on Air [365]
June 25, 1937 You Can't Beat Love [366]
July 2, 1937 New Faces of 1937 [367]
July 9, 1937 On Again-Off Again [368]
July 16, 1937 Super-Sleuth [369]
July 23, 1937 Big Shot, TheThe Big Shot [370]
July 30, 1937 Toast of New York, TheThe Toast of New York [371]
August 6, 1937 Windjammer [372]
August 13, 1937 Hideaway [373]
August 20, 1937 Flight from Glory [374]
August 27, 1937 Make a Wish [375]
September 3, 1937 Life of the Party, TheThe Life of the Party [376]
September 10, 1937 Annapolis Salute [377]
September 24, 1937 Forty Naughty Girls [378]
October 8, 1937 Saturday's Heroes [379]
October 8, 1937 Stage Door [380]
October 8, 1937 Music for Madame [381]
October 15, 1937 Fit for a King [382]
October 22, 1937 Breakfast for Two [383]
October 29, 1937 There Goes the Groom [384]
November 5, 1937 Fight for Your Lady [385]
November 11, 1937 Rat, TheThe Rat Distribution only; premiered in London, wide release on January 21, 1938[386]
November 12, 1937 Living on Love [387]
November 12, 1937 Victoria the Great Distribution only[388]
November 19, 1937 Damsel in Distress , AA Damsel in Distress [389]
November 26, 1937 High Flyers [390]
December 3, 1937 Danger Patrol [391]
December 10, 1937 Quick Money [392]
December 21, 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Premiered in Los Angeles, wide release on February 4, 1938; distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[393]
December 24, 1937 Hitting a New High [394]
December 31, 1937 Wise Girl [395]
December 31, 1937 She's Got Everything [396]

1938[edit]

Profits for the studio fell again in 1938, on the release of 42 films, and the studio lost the talents of Katharine Hepburn, Joan Fontaine and Howard Hawks. However, they did gain the services of Garcon Kanin. One of the biggest disappointments of the year was Bringing Up Baby, which, while today it is considered to be one of the finest comedies ever produced,[397][398][399] at the time it was a box office flop. One of the few bright spots for RKO was the establishment of the The Saint film series, which would run successfully through 1941.[400]

Lobby card for Vivacious Lady
Lobby card for Room Service
Lobby card for A Man to Remember
Release date Film Notes
January 7, 1938 Crashing Hollywood [401]
January 14, 1938 Everybody's Doing It [402]
January 18, 1938 Inside Nazi Germany Distributor, The March of Time short[403]:12
January 28, 1938 Double Danger [404]
February 11, 1938 Radio City Revels [405]
February 18, 1938 Bringing Up Baby [406]
February 25, 1938 Night Spot [407]
March 4, 1938 Maid's Night Out [408]
March 11, 1938 Hawaii Calls [409]
March 18, 1938 Condemned Women [410]
April 8, 1938 This Marriage Business [411]
April 22, 1938 Go Chase Yourself [412]
May 6, 1938 Law of the Underworld [413]
May 6, 1938 Joy of Living [414]
May 13, 1938 Vivacious Lady [415]
May 13, 1938 Gun Law [416]
May 20, 1938 Blind Alibi [417]
June 3, 1938 Saint in New York, TheThe Saint in New York [418]
June 17, 1938 Blond Cheat [419]
June 24, 1938 Border G-Man [420]
July 1, 1938 Having Wonderful Time [421]
July 8, 1938 Crime Ring [422]
July 22, 1938 Sky Giant [423]
July 29, 1938 Mother Carey's Chickens [424]
August 5, 1938 I'm From the City [425]
August 12, 1938 Painted Desert [426]
August 19, 1938 Smashing the Rackets [427]
August 26, 1938 Breaking the Ice [428]
September 2, 1938 Carefree [429]
September 9, 1938 Affairs of Annabel, TheThe Affairs of Annabel [430]
September 16, 1938 Renegade Ranger, TheThe Renegade Ranger [431]
September 23, 1938 Fugitives for a Night [432]
September 30, 1938 Room Service [433]
October 7, 1938 Mr. Doodle Kicks Off [434]
October 14, 1938 Man to Remember, AA Man to Remember A Man to Remember [435]
October 21, 1938 The Mad Miss Manton [436]
October 28, 1938 Tarnished Angel [437]
November 4, 1938 Lawless Valley [438]
November 11, 1938 Annabel Takes a Tour [439]
November 18, 1938 Law West of Tombstone, TheThe Law West of Tombstone [440]
November 25, 1938 Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus [441]
December 9, 1938 Next Time I Marry [442]

1939[edit]

One of the biggest events for the studio this year was the signing of an agreement for Orson Welles to produce films for RKO. Even though RKO had one of its most creative years, releasing 49 films, it ended the year showing a slight net loss. Highlights were Gunga Din, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Love Affair, Allegheny Uprising, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (the last Astaire/Rogers film), Five Came Back, In Name Only, Bachelor Mother, Nurse Edith Cavell, and The Flying Deuces.[443]

Release date Film Notes
January 6, 1939 Pacific Liner [444]
January 13, 1939 Great Man Votes, TheThe Great Man Votes [445]
January 20, 1939 Arizona Legion [446]
February 2, 1939 Boy Slaves [447]
February 3, 1939 Fisherman's Wharf [448]
February 17, 1939 Gunga Din [449]
February 24, 1939 Beauty for the Asking [450]
March 3, 1939 Twelve Crowded Hours [451]
March 10, 1939 Saint Strikes Back, TheThe Saint Strikes Back [452]
March 24, 1939 Trouble in Sundown [453]
March 29, 1939 They Made Her a Spy Premiered in New York, wide release on April 14, 1939[454]
March 31, 1939 Almost a Gentleman [455]
April 7, 1939 Love Affair [456]
April 7, 1939 Flying Irishman, TheThe Flying Irishman [457]
April 21, 1939 Fixer Dugan [458]
April 28, 1939 Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, TheThe Story of Vernon and Irene Castle [459]
April 28, 1939 Rookie Cop, TheThe Rookie Cop [460]
May 5, 1939 Sorority House [461]
May 12, 1939 Panama Lady [462]
May 26, 1939 Racketeers of the Range [455]
June 2, 1939 Girl from Mexico, TheThe Girl from Mexico [463]
June 16, 1939 Girl and the Gambler, TheThe Girl and the Gambler [464]
June 23, 1939 Five Came Back [465]
June 30, 1939 Timber Stampede [466]
June 30, 1939 Saint in London, TheThe Saint in London [467]
July 7, 1939 Career [468]
July 21, 1939 Way Down South [469]
July 28, 1939 Spellbinder, TheThe Spellbinder [470]
August 4, 1939 Bachelor Mother [471]
August 8, 1939 Fighting Gringo, TheThe Fighting Gringo [472]
August 18, 1939 In Name Only [473]
August 23, 1939 Conspiracy Premiered in New York, wide release on September 1, 1939[474]
August 28, 1939 Bad Lands [475]
September 8, 1939 Full Confession [476]
September 15, 1939 Day the Bookies Wept, TheThe Day the Bookies Wept [477]
September 22, 1939 5th Ave Girl Aka Fifth Avenue Girl[478]
September 22, 1939 Nurse Edith Cavell Premiered in New York, wide release on September 29, 1939[479]
October 6, 1939 Everything's on Ice [480]
October 13, 1939 Three Sons [481]
October 27, 1939 Sued for Libel [482]
November 3, 1939 Marshal of Mesa City, TheThe Marshal of Mesa City [483]
November 3, 1939 Flying Deuces, TheThe Flying Deuces Distribution only; produced by Boris Morros Productions[484]
November 10, 1939 Allegheny Uprising [485]
November 17, 1939 Meet Dr. Christian [486]
November 24, 1939 That's Right-You're Wrong [487]
December 1, 1939 Reno [488]
December 8, 1939 Two Thoroughbreds [489]
December 22, 1939 Escape to Paradise [490]
December 29, 1939 Hunchback of Notre Dame, TheThe Hunchback of Notre Dame [491]

The 1940s[edit]

This decade saw a continuation of the revolving door policy regarding management and creative talent at the studio, although RKO made it out of receivership in 1940. The quality of the films also increased overall, the studio receiving its second Oscar for Best Film, for 1946's The Best Years of Our Lives, as well as producing what many consider the greatest film of all time, Citizen Kane in 1941. Howard Hughes' takeover of the studio in 1948 would begin a downward spiral for RKO.[492]

1940[edit]

RKO released 55 pictures during this year, of which they produced 39. The studio also premiered two others, which did not go into wide release until 1941 and 1942: Little Men and Fantasia, respectively. The studio lost the services of director George Stevens this year, and despite emerging from receivership, RKO would post an almost $1 million loss in 1940. Highlights of the year included Abe Lincoln in Illinois, My Favorite Wife, Irene, and Kitty Foyle (which won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Ginger Rogers). In addition, the studio continued its successful Saint series, and released two major successes from Walt Disney: Pinocchio, in addition to Fantasia.[493]

Screen capture from Pinocchio
Lobby card for Primrose Path
Poster for My Favorite Wife
Lobby card for The Saint Takes Over
Release date Film Notes
January 5, 1940 Legion of the Lawless [494]
January 12, 1940 Mexican Spitfire [495]
January 19, 1940 Married and in Love [496]
January 26, 1940 Saint's Double Trouble, TheThe Saint's Double Trouble [497]
February 9, 1940 Vigil in the Night [498]
February 16, 1940 Swiss Family Robinson [499]
February 23, 1940 Pinocchio Distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[500]
March 1, 1940 Little Orvie [501]
March 7, 1940 Marines Fly High, TheThe Marines Fly High [502]
March 8, 1940 Isle of Destiny [503]
March 15, 1940 Millionaire Playboy [504]
March 22, 1940 Primrose Path [505]
April 5, 1940 Courageous Dr. Christian, TheThe Courageous Dr. Christian [506]
April 12, 1940 Bullet Code [507]
April 19, 1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois [508]
April 26, 1940 Curtain Call [509]
May 3, 1940 Irene [510]
May 10, 1940 Beyond Tomorrow [511]
May 17, 1940 My Favorite Wife [512]
May 21, 1940 You Can't Fool Your Wife [513]
May 31, 1940 Bill of Divorcement, AA Bill of Divorcement [514]
June 7, 1940 Saint Takes Over, TheThe Saint Takes Over [515]
June 14, 1940 Prairie Law [516]
June 21, 1940 Pop Always Pays [517]
June 28, 1940 Anne of Windy Poplars [518]
July 5, 1940 Dr. Christian Meets the Women [519]
July 12, 1940 Cross-Country Romance [520]
July 12, 1940 Millionaires in Prison [521]
July 19, 1940 Tom Brown's School Days [522]
July 26, 1940 Stage to Chino [523]
August 2, 1940 Queen of Destiny [524]
August 2, 1940 Lucky Partners [525]
August 9, 1940 One Crowded Night [526]
August 16, 1940 Stranger on the Third Floor [527]
August 16, 1940 Ramparts We Watch, TheThe Ramparts We Watch [528]
August 23, 1940 Wildcat Bus [529]
August 30, 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance [530]
September 6, 1940 Men Against the Sky [531]
September 13, 1940 Dreaming Out Loud [532]
September 20, 1940 I'm Still Alive [533]
September 20, 1940 Triple Justice [534]
October 4, 1940 Wagon Train [535]
October 8, 1940 Too Many Girls [536]
October 11, 1940* Villain Still Pursued Her, TheThe Villain Still Pursued Her [537]
October 18, 1940 Laddie [538]
October 25, 1940 They Knew What They Wanted [539]
November 1, 1940 Li'l Abner [540]
November 13, 1940 Fantasia Distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions; premiered in New York City, followed by a premiere in Los Angeles on January 29, 1941 and went into wide release on April 10, 1942[541]
November 22, 1940 You'll Find Out [542]
November 29, 1940 Remedy for Riches [543]
November 29, 1940 Mexican Spitfire Out West [544]
December 6, 1940 Fargo Kid, TheThe Fargo Kid [545]
December 7, 1940 Little Men Premiered in New York city, wide release on January 10, 1941[546]
December 13, 1940 No, No, Nanette [547]
December 27, 1940 Kitty Foyle [548]

1941[edit]

Citizen Kane trailer
Lobby card for Sunny
Poster for Jungle Cavalcade
Theatrical poster for The Little Foxes
Screen capture from Dumbo
Lobby card for Look Who's Laughing
The main cast of Ball of Fire

RKO's year most likely will always be remembered for its release of Citizen Kane, which many consider to be the greatest film of all time. While the company saw a modest profit for the year, RKO lost the exclusive services of Ginger Rogers, the last great star of the studio, and Garson Kanin departed. Even the one bright spot, the signing of an agreement with the Samuel Goldwyn studios to distribute their films, was a double-edged sword, since the financial arrangements left little room for profits to be garnered by RKO. The studio released 45 films during the year, of which they produced 33. Highlights of the year, other than Citizen Kane, included Mr. and Mrs. Smith (a comedy directed by Alfred Hitchcock), the continuation of RKO's successful Saint franchise, The Devil and Miss Jones, The Little Foxes, Ball of Fire and Suspicion. A bit of trivia occurred this year when Bing Crosby's younger brother Bob made his film debut in Let's Make Music.[549]

Release date Film Notes
January 3, 1941* Convoy Produced by Ealing Studios and released in 1940 in Great Britain[550]
January 17, 1941 Let's Make Music [551]
January 24, 1941 Saint in Palm Springs, TheThe Saint in Palm Springs [552]
January 31, 1941 Mr. & Mrs. Smith [553]
February 7, 1941 Along the Rio Grande [554]
February 21, 1941 Scattergood Baines [555]
February 22, 1941* It Happened to One Man Premiered in Great Britain in October 1940 [556]
March 7, 1941* Play Girl [557]
March 14, 1941 Girl, a Guy and a Gob, AA Girl, a Guy and a Gob [558]
March 21, 1941 Footlight Fever [559]
March 28, 1941 Melody for Three [560]
April 4, 1941 Repent at Leisure [561]
April 11, 1941 Devil and Miss Jones, TheThe Devil and Miss Jones [562]
April 18, 1941 Robbers of the Range [563]
April 25, 1941 They Met in Argentina [564]
May 1, 1941 Citizen Kane Co-produced with Mercury Theatre, premiered NYC, wide release on September 5, 1941[565]
May 9, 1941 Saint's Vacation, TheThe Saint's Vacation [566]
May 23, 1941 Scattergood Pulls the Strings [567]
May 30, 1941 Sunny [568]
June 13, 1941 Tom, Dick and Harry [569]
June 13, 1941 Cyclone on Horseback [570]
June 13, 1941 Hurry, Charlie, Hurry [571]
June 27, 1941 Reluctant Dragon , TheThe Reluctant Dragon Distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[572]
June 27, 1941 Jungle Cavalcade [573]
July 11, 1941 They Meet Again One of six films in the Dr. Christian series[574]
July 18, 1941 Story of the Vatican, TheThe Story of the Vatican Distribution, The March of Time short[403]
August 1, 1941 My Life with Caroline [575]
August 8, 1941 Six-Gun Gold [576]
August 22, 1941 Scattergood Meets Broadway [577]
August 29, 1941 Little Foxes, TheThe Little Foxes Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[578]
September 12, 1941 Parachute Battalion [579]
September 26, 1941 Lady Scarface [580]
September 1941 Norway in Revolt Distribution, The March of Time feature[403]
October 3, 1941 Father Takes a Wife [581]
October 10, 1941 Bandit Trail, TheThe Bandit Trail [582]
October 17, 1941 Devil and Daniel Webster , TheThe Devil and Daniel Webster Aka All That Money Can Buy[583]
October 24, 1941 Gay Falcon, TheThe Gay Falcon [584]
October 31, 1941 Dumbo Distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[585]
November 7, 1941 Unexpected Uncle [586]
November 14, 1941 Suspicion [587]
November 21, 1941 Look Who's Laughing [588]
November 28, 1941 Mexican Spitfire's Baby, TheThe Mexican Spitfire's Baby [589]
December 2, 1941 Ball of Fire Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions
released in December, before its premiere in NYC on January 9, 1942[590]
December 12, 1941 Weekend for Three [591]
December 12, 1941 Dude Cowboy [592]
December 26, 1941 Playmates [593]

1942[edit]

In 1942, RKO was almost forced back into receivership, before Charles Koerner became head of production in March. The studio released 38 films in 1942, which included several films which they only distributed, such as Bambi. The year also saw the termination of the agreement between RKO and Orson Welles. There were few bright spots during the year, although one was the continuation of RKO's The Falcon series.[594]

Release date Film Notes
January 16, 1942 Date with the Falcon, AA Date with the Falcon [595]
January 23, 1942 Four Jacks and a Jill [596]
January 30, 1942 Obliging Young Lady [597]
February 6, 1942 Valley of the Sun [598]
February 13, 1942 Call Out the Marines [599]
February 20, 1942 Joan of Paris [600]
February 27, 1942 Riding the Wind [601]
March 6, 1942 Sing Your Worries Away [602]
March 13, 1942 Mexican Spitfire at Sea [603]
April 17, 1942 Land of the Open Range [604]
April 20, 1942 Suicide Squadron Released June 27, 1941 in Great Britain as Dangerous Moonlight[605]
April 24, 1942 Bashful Bachelor, TheThe Bashful Bachelor [606]
May 1, 1942 Tuttles of Tahiti, TheThe Tuttles of Tahiti [607]
May 8, 1942 Scattergood Rides High [608]
May 15, 1942 Mayor of 44th Street, TheThe Mayor of 44th Street [609]
May 22, 1942 Syncopation [610]
May 29, 1942 Falcon Takes Over, TheThe Falcon Takes Over [611]
June 5, 1942 Come on Danger [612]
June 12, 1942 My Favorite Spy [613]
June 19, 1942 Powder Town [614]
June 26, 1942 Mexican Spitfire Sees a Ghost [615]
July 10, 1942 Magnificent Ambersons, TheThe Magnificent Ambersons Co-produced with Mercury Theatre [616]
July 14, 1942 Pride of the Yankees Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions
Premiered in New York City and went into wide release on March 5, 1943[617]
July 24, 1942* Thundering Hoofs [618]
September 4, 1942 Big Street, TheThe Big Street [619]
September 11, 1942 Mexican Spitfire's Elephant [620]
September 18, 1942 Wings and the Woman [621]
August 21, 1942 Bambi Distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[622]
September 25, 1942 Bandit Ranger [623]
October 2, 1942 Highways by Night [624]
October 9, 1942 Here We Go Again [625]
October 16, 1942 Scattergood Survives a Murder [626]
October 30, 1942* Navy Comes Through, TheThe Navy Comes Through [627]
November 6, 1942 Falcon's Brother, TheThe Falcon's Brother [628]
November 6, 1942 Red River Robin Hood [629]
November 13, 1942 Seven Days' Leave [630]
November 18, 1942 Seven Miles from Alcatraz Premiered in New York City and went into wide release on January 8, 1943[631]
November 27, 1942 Once Upon a Honeymoon [632]
November 20, 1942 Pirates of the Prairie [633]
December 4, 1942 Army Surgeon [634]
December 17, 1942 Great Gildersleeve, TheThe Great Gildersleeve [635]
December 25, 1942 Cat People [636]

1943[edit]

1943 was a very profitable year for the studio, with 43 of the 46 films that were released during the year showing profits. The year also saw a few critical successes, such as Mr. Lucky, They Got Me Covered, Hitler's Children, and Behind the Rising Sun.[637]

Release date Film Notes
January 14, 1943 Hitler's Children Premiered in Cincinnati, OH; wide release March 19, 1943[638]
January 15, 1943 Fighting Frontier [639]
January 22, 1943* Cinderella Swings It [640]
January 27, 1943 They Got Me Covered Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions; premiered in San Francisco, wide release February 5, 1943[641]
February 6, 1943 Saludos Amigos World premiere in Rio de Janeiro, August 24, 1942; US premiere in Boston, with wide release on February 19, 1943; distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[642]
February 12, 1943 Journey into Fear [643]
February 19, 1943 Tarzan Triumphs [644]
February 26, 1943 Two Weeks to Live [645]
March 26, 1943 Forever and a Day [646]
March 26, 1943 Ladies' Day Premiered in New York City, wide release April 9, 1943[647]
April 1, 1943 Falcon Strikes Back, TheThe Falcon Strikes Back Premiered in New York City, wide release May 7, 1943[648]
April 2, 1943 Flight for Freedom [649]
April 2, 1943 Sagebrush Law [650]
April 21, 1943 I Walked with a Zombie Premiered in New York City, wide release April 30, 1943[651]
May 8, 1943 Leopard Man, TheThe Leopard Man [652]
May 10, 1943 Squadron Leader X Premiered March 1, 1943 in the U.K.[653]
May 14, 1943 Bombardier [654]
May 20, 1943* Avenging Rider, TheThe Avenging Rider [655]
May 28, 1943 Mr. Lucky [656]
June 10, 1943 Gildersleeve's Bad Day [657]
June 12, 1943 Spitfire Premiered in the U.K. (as the The First of the Few) on September 14, 1942[658]
July 17, 1943* Falcon in Danger, TheThe Falcon in Danger [659]
July 17, 1943* Mexican Spitfire's Blessed Event [660]
July 17, 1943* Petticoat Larceny [661]
July 29, 1943 Saint Meets the Tiger, TheThe Saint Meets the Tiger [662]
August 1, 1943* Behind the Rising Sun [663]
August 17, 1943 So This is Washington [664]
August 19, 1943 Fallen Sparrow, TheThe Fallen Sparrow [665]
August 20, 1943 Adventures of a Rookie, TheThe Adventures of a Rookie [666]
August 21, 1943 Seventh Victim, TheThe Seventh Victim [667]
September 2, 1943 Sky's the Limit, TheThe Sky's the Limit [668]
September 15, 1943 Lady Takes a Chance, AA Lady Takes a Chance [669]
October 25, 1943 Iron Major, TheThe Iron Major [670]
October 28, 1943* Gildersleeve on Broadway [671]
November 4, 1943* North Star, TheThe North Star Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[672]
November 10, 1943* Falcon and the Co-eds, TheThe Falcon and the Co-eds [673]
December 16, 1943 Gangway for Tomorrow [674]
December 24, 1943 Ghost Ship, TheThe Ghost Ship [675]
December 26, 1943 Tarzan's Desert Mystery [676]
December 29, 1943 Tender Comrade [677]
November 24, 1943 Around the World [678]
December 1943* Rookies in Burma [679]
May 7, 1943 This Land Is Mine [680]

1944[edit]

1944 was another profitable year for the studio, which released 36 films. In addition, there were quite a few notable occurrences for RKO that year. First, they entered into an agreement to release the films by the independent production house, International Pictures; second, two major stars would make their film debuts — Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck; and third, several notable writers would make their initial foray into directing: Clifford Odets, Howard Estabrook, and Herbert Biberman. The studio's film highlights of 1944 included Higher and Higher (Frank Sinatra's first film lead), The Princess and the Pirate, Tall in the Saddle, Murder, My Sweet, The Woman in the Window, and None But the Lonely Heart.[681]

Release date Film Notes
January 1, 1944 Higher and Higher [682]
January 6, 1944 Government Girl [683]
February 14, 1944 Escape to Danger World premiere in London on July 22, 1943[684]
February 18, 1944 Action in Arabia [685]
February 17, 1944 Up in Arms Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[686]
February 25, 1944 Passport to Destiny [687]
March 2, 1944 Curse of the Cat People, TheThe Curse of the Cat People [688]
March 17, 1944 Falcon Out West, TheThe Falcon Out West [689]
April 13, 1944 Yellow Canary World premiere in London on October 19, 1943[690]
April 18, 1944 Coastal Command [691]
April 25, 1944 Seven Days Ashore [692]
May 10, 1944 Show Business [693]
June 8, 1944 Days of Glory [694]
June 9, 1944 Night of Adventure, AA Night of Adventure [695]
June 30, 1944 Marine Raiders [696]
July 26, 1944 Step Lively [697]
July 28, 1944 Mademoiselle Fifi [698]
August 23, 1944 Casanova Brown World premiere in Western France, just after its liberation in WWII, on August 5, 1944[699]
September 1, 1944 Youth Runs Wild [700]
September 5, 1944 Gildersleeve's Ghost [701]
September 15, 1944 Bride by Mistake [702]
September 28, 1944 Goin' to Town [703]
October 6, 1944 Music in Manhattan [704]
October 8, 1944 My Pal Wolf [705]
October 17, 1944 Tall in the Saddle [706]
October 17, 1944 None but the Lonely Heart [707]
October 18, 1944 The Master Race [708]
October 20, 1944 Heavenly Days [709]
October 25, 1944 Girl Rush [710]
November 3, 1944 Woman in the Window, TheThe Woman in the Window [711]
November 4, 1944 Falcon in Mexico, TheThe Falcon in Mexico [712]
November 17, 1944 Princess and the Pirate, TheThe Princess and the Pirate Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[713]
December 8, 1944 Falcon in Hollywood, TheThe Falcon in Hollywood [714]
December 9, 1944 Murder, My Sweet [715]
December 20, 1944 Nevada [716]
December 27, 1944 Belle of the Yukon [717]
December 29, 1944 Experiment Perilous [718]

1945[edit]

Hampered by an industry-wide strike, RKO released only 34 films in 1945, but managed another profitable year. Two more independents agreed to distribution deals with the studio: Rainbow Productions and Liberty Films (Frank Capra's film company). The studio signed numerous stars during the year, such as: John Wayne, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Rosalind Russell, Paul Henreid, and the return of Ginger Rogers to the studio. Some of RKO's cinematic highlights of 1945 included, Along Came Jones, The Three Caballeros, The Enchanted Cottage, Johnny Angel, The Spanish Main, and what would become the biggest grossing film in RKO's history, The Bells of St. Mary's.[719]

Release date Film Notes
January 27, 1945 What a Blonde
February 22, 1945 Three Caballeros, TheThe Three Caballeros World premiere in Mexico City on December 21, 1944; distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[720]
March 3, 1945 It's a Pleasure [721]
March 22, 1945 Pan-Americana [722]
April 12, 1945 Having Wonderful Crime [723]
April 13, 1945 Two O'Clock Courage [724]
April 24, 1945 Betrayal from the East [725]
April 26, 1945 Zombies on Broadway [726]
April 28, 1945 Enchanted Cottage, TheThe Enchanted Cottage [727]
April 29, 1945 Tarzan and the Amazons [728]
May 10, 1945 Brighton Strangler, TheThe Brighton Strangler [729]
May 24, 1945 China Sky [730]
May 25, 1945 Body Snatcher, TheThe Body Snatcher [731]
June 8, 1945* Wonder Man Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[732]
June 19, 1945 Those Endearing Young Charms [733]
June 20, 1945 Along Came Jones [734]
June 25, 1945 Back to Bataan [735]
July 25, 1945 Falcon in San Francisco, TheThe Falcon in San Francisco [736]
August 1, 1945 Radio Stars on Parade [737]
August 8, 1945* Mama Loves Papa [738]
August 11, 1945 West of the Pecos [739]
September 7, 1945 Isle of the Dead [740]
September 11, 1945 First Yank into Tokyo [741]
September 28, 1945 Wanderer of the Wasteland [742]
October 4, 1945 Spanish Main, TheThe Spanish Main [743]
October 10, 1945 George White's Scandals [744]
October 25, 1945 Johnny Angel [745]
November 14, 1945* Sing Your Way Home [746]
November 16, 1945 Man Alive [747]
November 23, 1945 Game of Death, AA Game of Death [748]
December 6, 1945 Bells of St. Mary's, TheThe Bells of St. Mary's [749]
December 20, 1945 Dick Tracy [750]
December 22, 1945 Hotel Reserve World premiere in London on June 1, 1944[751]
December 25, 1945 Cornered [752]

1946[edit]

Perhaps the best overall year for the studio, it would rake in over $12M in profits, and release 38 films, some of which received high critical acclaim. Unfortunately for RKO, studio head Charles Koerner, the man responsible for this success, died of leukemia early in the year. Highlights of the year included The Spiral Staircase, The Kid from Brooklyn, Till the End of Time, Notorious, The Best Years of Our Lives, It's a Wonderful Life and Nocturne.[753]

Release date Film Notes
February 7, 1946 Spiral Staircase, TheThe Spiral Staircase [754]
February 13, 1946 Riverboat Rhythm [755]
February 18, 1946 Tarzan and the Leopard Woman [756]
February 20, 1946 Tomorrow Is Forever World premiere in London on January 18, 1946; distribution only; produced by International Pictures[757]
March 21, 1946 Kid from Brooklyn, TheThe Kid from Brooklyn Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[758]
April 3, 1946 Deadline at Dawn [759]
April 15, 1946 Ding Dong Williams [760]
April 19, 1946 From This Day Forward [761]
April 20, 1946 Make Mine Music Premiered in New York City, wide release on August 15, 1946; distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[762]
April 22, 1946 Falcon's Alibi, TheThe Falcon's Alibi [763]
April 25, 1946 Partners in Time [764]
April 22, 1946 Badman's Territory [765]
May 10, 1946 Bedlam [766]
May 10, 1946 Heartbeat [767]
May 13, 1946 Without Reservations [768]
July 2, 1946 Stranger, TheThe Stranger [769]
July 15, 1946 Bamboo Blonde, TheThe Bamboo Blonde [770]
July 23, 1946 Till the End of Time [771]
July 26, 1946 Truth About Murder, TheThe Truth About Murder [772]
August 15, 1946 Notorious Premiered in New York City, wide release on September 6, 1946[773]
August 30, 1946 Step by Step [774]
September 6, 1946 Crack-Up [775]
September 29, 1946 Sister Kenny Premiered in New York City, wide release on October 10, 1946[776]
October 1, 1946 Sunset Pass [777]
October 15, 1946 Child of Divorce [778]
October 18, 1946 Lady Luck [779]
October 20, 1946 Genius at Work [780]
October 29, 1946 Nocturne [781]
October 30, 1946 Great Day World premiere in London on April 13, 1945[782]
November 12, 1946 Song of the South Premiered in Atlanta, GA, wide release on November 20, 1946; Distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[783]
November 15, 1946 Criminal Court Premiered in New York City, wide release on November 20, 1946[784]
November 21, 1946 Best Years of Our Lives, TheThe Best Years of Our Lives Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[785]
November 22, 1946 Dick Tracy vs. Cueball Premiered in New York City, wide release on December 18, 1946[786]
December 5, 1946 San Quentin Premiered in Boston, wide release on December 17, 1946[787]
December 10, 1946 Vacation in Reno [788]
December 13, 1946 Falcon's Adventure, TheThe Falcon's Adventure [789]
December 20, 1946 It's a Wonderful Life Distribution only; produced by Liberty Films[790]
December 20, 1946 Locket, TheThe Locket [791]

1947[edit]

This year saw the beginning of activity by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in the film industry. Two of the infamous "Hollywood Ten" were the only director and producer among that group (Edward Dmytryk and Adrian Scott, respectively), and were also two of RKO's top talent. In addition, production costs were rising at the same time that revenues, both domestically and overseas, were declining. Despite those challenges, the studio saw another profitable year, releasing 35 films. Some of more notable films released during 1947 were: Trail Street, The Farmer's Daughter, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Crossfire (the last picture of Scott and Dmytryk before their blacklist), Out of the Past, The Bishop's Wife, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; while two of the largest disappointments (artistically and financially) were Mourning Becomes Electra and Tycoon.[792]

Release date Film Notes
January 13, 1947 Sinbad the Sailor [793]
February 19, 1947 Beat the Band [794]
February 19, 1947 Trail Street [795]
February 20, 1947 Devil Thumbs a Ride, TheThe Devil Thumbs a Ride [796]
February 20, 1947 Code of the West [797]
April 5, 1947 Tarzan and the Huntress [798]
April 16, 1947 Likely Story, AA Likely Story [799]
May 3, 1947 Born to Kill [800]
May 14, 1947 Thunder Mountain [801]
May 15, 1947 Banjo [802]
May 17, 1947 Desperate [803]
May 17, 1947 Honeymoon [804]
May 25, 1947 Farmer's Daughter, TheThe Farmer's Daughter Premiered in New York City, wide release on May 26, 1947[805]
June 7, 1947 Woman on the Beach, TheThe Woman on the Beach [806]
June 28, 1947 Riff-Raff Premiered in New York City, wide release on September 15, 1947[807]
July 12, 1947 Dick Tracy's Dilemma [808]
July 16, 1947* They Won't Believe Me [809]
July 22, 1947 Crossfire Premiered in New York City, wide release on August 15, 1947[810]
July 24, 1947 Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, TheThe Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Premiered in New York City, wide release on September 1, 1947[811]
July 30, 1947 Seven Keys to Baldpate Premiered in Los Angeles, wide release on October 1, 1947[812]
August 1, 1947 Under the Tonto Rim [813]
August 4, 1947 Secret Life of Walter Mitty, TheThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions; premiered in Chicago, wide release on September 1, 1947[814]
August 6, 1947 Long Night, TheThe Long Night [815]
September 26, 1947 Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome [816]
September 27, 1947 Fun and Fancy Free Distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[817]
October 7, 1947 Magic Town Premiered in New York City, wide release on October 12, 1947[818]
October 21, 1947 Man About Town World premiere in Paris, May 21, 1947[819]
November 4, 1947 So Well Remembered Premiered in London on July 8, 1947[820]
November 3, 1947 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive [821]
November 13, 1947 Wild Horse Mesa [822]
November 13, 1947 Out of the Past [823]
November 19, 1947 Mourning Becomes Electra [824]
December 9, 1947 Bishop's Wife, TheThe Bishop's Wife Premiered in New York City, wide release on February 16, 1948; distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[825]
December 27, 1947 Tycoon [826]

1948[edit]

1948 marked the beginning of the slow end of the studio when Howard Hughes purchased enough stock to gain control of RKO. This precipitated another shake-up in the creative control at the production company, which in turn led to seventy-five percent of the studio's workforce being terminated in July, and production coming to a virtual standstill. RKO managed to release 32 films during the year, but most were either through distribution deals, or had been finished prior to Hughes' takeover. Despite the light release schedule, the studio did have a few highlights, which included Fort Apache, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Rachel and the Stranger, A Song is Born, and Every Girl Should Be Married. In addition, I Remember Mama and The Pearl were critical, if not financial, successes. The biggest disappointment was Joan of Arc.[827]

Release date Film Notes
January 20, 1948 Night Song [828]
January 24, 1948 Western Heritage [829]
February 7, 1948 If You Knew Susie [830]
February 17, 1948 Pearl, TheThe Pearl Spanish version premiered in Mexico City on September 12, 1947, English version premiered in New York City[831]
March 11, 1948 I Remember Mama Premiered in New York City, wide release on March 17, 1948[832]
March 16, 1948 Miracle of the Bells, TheThe Miracle of the Bells Premiered in New York City, wide release on March 27, 1948[833]
March 23, 1948 Arizona Ranger, TheThe Arizona Ranger [834]
March 27, 1948 Fort Apache World premiere in Phoenix, Arizona[835]
April 13, 1948 No Orchids for Miss Blandish [836]
April 14, 1948 Design for Death Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary of 1947[837][838]
April 27, 1948 Tarzan and the Mermaids Premiered in Los Angeles, wide release on May 15, 1948[839]
May 7, 1948 Berlin Express [840]
May 27, 1948 Melody Time Distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[841]
June 4, 1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House [842]
June 19, 1948 Fighting Father Dunne [843]
June 18, 1948 Guns of Hate [844]
June 22, 1948 Race Street [845]
July 1, 1948 Mystery in Mexico [846]
July 17, 1948 Return of the Bad Men [847]
August 21, 1948 Variety Time [848]
August 25, 1948 Velvet Touch, TheThe Velvet Touch [849]
September 1, 1948 Good Sam [850]
September 4, 1948 Bodyguard [851]
September 18, 1948 Rachel and the Stranger Premiered in New York City, wide release on October 2, 1948[852]
October 19, 1948 Station West [853]
October 19, 1948 Song is Born, AA Song is Born Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions; premiered in New York City, wide release on November 6, 1948[854]
November 9, 1948 Blood on the Moon [855]
November 9, 1948 Every Girl Should Be Married [856]
November 11, 1948 Joan of Arc [857]
December 2, 1948 Green Promise, TheThe Green Promise Premiered in Chicago, wide release on March 22, 1949[858]
December 11, 1948 Indian Agent [859]
December 11, 1948 Enchantment Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[860]
December 27, 1948 Boy With Green Hair, TheThe Boy With Green Hair [861]
December 28, 1948 Gun Smugglers [862]

1949[edit]

This was not a banner year for the studio, as Hughes continued to interfere with the creative people underneath him. RKO only began production on 12 films during the year, although they would release 34. The few highlights of 1949 included The Set-Up, The Big Steal, Mighty Joe Young, and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. A critical success, but box-office failure, was They Live By Night.[863]

Release date Film Notes
January 19, 1949 So Dear to My Heart Premiered in Indianapolis, wide release on January 30, 1949; distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[864]
February 5, 1949 Tarzan's Magic Fountain [865]
February 7, 1949 Woman's Secret, AA Woman's Secret [866]
February 8, 1949 Brothers in the Saddle [867]
February 11, 1949 Riders of the Range [868]
February 14, 1949 Clay Pigeon, TheThe Clay Pigeon [869]
March 29, 1949 Set-Up, TheThe Set-Up Premiered in New York City, wide release on April 2, 1949[870]
April 19, 1949 Adventure in Baltimore [871]
May 4, 1949 Arctic Fury Premiered in New York City, wide release on April 2, 1949[872]
May 14, 1949 Rustlers [873]
May 17, 1949 Window, TheThe Window Premiered in Los Angeles, wide release on October 1, 1949[874]
June 11, 1949 Judge Steps Out, TheThe Judge Steps Out [875]
June 16, 1949 Roughshod [876]
June 27, 1949 Stagecoach Kid [877]
July 1, 1949 Big Steal, TheThe Big Steal [878]
July 7, 1949 Follow Me Quietly [879]
July 26, 1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Premiered in Kansas City, KS, wide release on October 22, 1949[880]
July 27, 1949 Mighty Joe Young Premiered in New York City, wide release on July 30, 1949[881]
August 11, 1949 Make Mine Laughs [882]
August 18, 1949 Roseanna McCoy Premiered in Wheeling, WV, wide release on August 20, 1949; distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[883]
September 10, 1949 Mysterious Desperado, TheThe Mysterious Desperado [884]
September 17, 1949 Savage Splendor [885]
September 29, 1949 Strange Bargain Premiered in New York, wide release on November 5, 1949[886]
October 5, 1949 Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, TheThe Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[887]
October 7, 1949 Woman on Pier 13, TheThe Woman on Pier 13 Previewed in Los Angeles, wide release on June 3, 1950[888]
October 8, 1949 Easy Living [889]
October 15, 1949 Masked Raiders [890]
November 3, 1949 They Live by Night Premiered in London in August 1948[891]
November 12, 1949 Bride for Sale Distribution only; produced by Crest Productions[892]
November 23, 1949 Holiday Affair Premiered in New York, wide release on December 24, 1949[893]
November 26, 1949 Threat, TheThe Threat [894]
November 26, 1949 Dangerous Profession, AA Dangerous Profession [895]
December 25, 1949 My Foolish Heart Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions; premiered in Los Angeles, wide release on January 21, 1950[896]

1950s[edit]

The decade would be the last for the original RKO Studio. The downward spiral which had begun upon Hughes' gaining control in 1948 continued. In addition, the studio suffered from a sequence of other difficulties, from which it was unable to overcome. These included a failed sale of the studio to several racketeers, the loss of RKO's chain of movie theaters (due to government regulation), and a multitude of lawsuits. The setbacks ultimately led, in 1955, to the studio's sale to General Teleradio, Inc., the entertainment subsidiary of General Tire and Rubber Company. Ironically, General Teleradio was basically a radio and television company, and it was competition with television which put the final nails in RKO's coffin, which ended production in 1958.[897]

1950[edit]

Of the 30 films released by the studio during the year, approximately half were actually produced by the studio. In addition, not a single picture would generate profits greater than $100,000, the first time this happened in the history of RKO, and resulted in the first net loss for the studio ($5.8M) in over a decade. Hope was raised when Hughes hired what many considered the top producer-writer team in Hollywood, Jerry Wald and Norman Krasna, who were contracted to produce 60 films over the next five years. The few highlights were all films which were not produced by RKO: Cinderella, The Outlaw (Jane Russell's debut — and a re-release of the film which had seen limited release as an independent Hughes' production in 1943 and 1946, so is not included in the below list), and Treasure Island.[898]

Release date Film Notes
January 28, 1950 Man on the Eiffel Tower, TheThe Man on the Eiffel Tower World premiere in Montreal, Quebec on January 19, 1950, premiered in New York City in the US, with wide release on February 4, 1950[899]
February 9, 1950 Tattooed Stranger, TheThe Tattooed Stranger [900]
February 15, 1950 Stromboli Premiered in New York City, wide release on February 18, 1950[901]
February 15, 1950 Cinderella Premiered in Boston, wide release on March 4, 1950; distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[902]
March 18, 1950 Tarzan and the Slave Girl [903][904]
April 8, 1950 Capture, TheThe Capture [905]
April 8, 1950 Golden Twenties, TheThe Golden Twenties [906]
April 22, 1950 Wagon Master [907]
April 22, 1950 Storm Over Wyoming [908]
May 27, 1950 Secret Fury, TheThe Secret Fury Distribution only[909]
June 6, 1950 Destination Murder [910]
June 7, 1950 Rider from Tucson [911]
June 7, 1950 Armored Car Robbery [912]
June 15, 1950 Dynamite Pass [913]
June 24, 1950 White Tower, TheThe White Tower [914]
July 8, 1950 Where Danger Lives [915]
July 15, 1950 Born to Be Bad [916]
July 27, 1950* Our Very Own Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions
July 29, 1950 Treasure Island World premiere in London on June 22, 1950; distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[917]
August 2, 1950 Edge of Doom Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions; premiered in New York City, wide release on August 30, 1950[918]
August 5, 1950* Border Treasure [919]
September 1, 1950 Bunco Squad [920]
September 27, 1950 Outrage [921]
October 14, 1950 Walk Softly, Stranger Premiered in New York City, wide release on November 4, 1950[922]
October 21, 1950* Rio Grande Patrol [923]
November 21, 1950 Experiment Alcatraz [924]
November 21, 1950 Never a Dull Moment Premiered in New York City, wide release on November 22, 1950[925]
December 1, 1950 Double Deal [926]
December 25, 1950 Vendetta [927]
December 27, 1950 Law of the Badlands [928]

1951[edit]

The studio's slow slide to oblivion continued in 1951, exacerbated by the government requirement that they split off their theater operations from their film operations. The RKO Story, by Richard Jewell with Vernon Harbin, states that RKO had "... become the combination laughing stock and pariah of the entire industry."[929] Barely showing a profit, the studio released 39 films, the highlights being: Payment on Demand, The Racket, The Thing from Another World (aka The Thing), Flying Leathernecks, and The Blue Veil. The biggest financial and critical disappointment was Disney's Alice in Wonderland, distributed by RKO.[930]

Release date Film Notes
January 6, 1951 Company She Keeps, TheThe Company She Keeps [931]
January 20, 1951 Gambling House [932]
February 3, 1951 Payment on Demand [933]
February 3, 1951 Cry Danger [934]
February 16, 1951 Hunt the Man Down [935]
March 10, 1951 Tarzan's Peril [936]
March 21, 1951 Footlight Varieties [937]
April 3, 1951 Kon-Tiki Received Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature[938]
April 20, 1951 Saddle Legion [939]
April 21, 1951 My Forbidden Past [940]
April 24, 1951 Gunplay [941]
April 29, 1951 Thing from Another World, TheThe Thing from Another World Co-produced with Winchester Pictures Corporation[942]
May 4, 1951 Jungle Headhunters [943]
May 5, 1951 Tokyo File 212 [944]
May 19, 1951 Sealed Cargo [945]
May 23, 1951 Hard, Fast and Beautiful Premiered in San Francisco, wide release on June 9, 1951[946]
July 23, 1951* Lilli Marlene [947]
July 8, 1951 Happy Go Lovely World premiere in London on June 7, 1951; U.S. distribution only; produced by Excelsior Films[948]
July 27, 1951 Pistol Harvest [949]
July 28, 1951 Alice in Wonderland World premiere in London on July 26, 1951; distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[950]
July 30, 1951 Roadblock [951]
June 9, 1951 Best of the Badmen [952]
August 15, 1951 His Kind of Woman Premiered in Philadelphia, wide release on August 25, 1951[953]
August 28, 1951 Flying Leathernecks [954]
September 5, 1951 Blue Veil, TheThe Blue Veil [955]
September 19, 1951 Behave Yourself! [956]
September 28, 1951 On the Loose [957]
October 4, 1951 Tembo Documentary; premiered in Dallas, wide release on January 4, 1952[958]
October 11, 1951 Slaughter Trail [959]
October 16, 1951 Drums in the Deep South [960]
October 24, 1951 Whip Hand, TheThe Whip Hand [961]
October 25, 1951 Racket, TheThe Racket [962]
October 30, 1951 Hot Lead [963]
November 1, 1951 Two Tickets to Broadway [964]
December 15, 1951* Overland Telegraph [965]
December 17, 1951 On Dangerous Ground [966][967]
December 22, 1951 I Want You Distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[968]
December 25, 1951 Double Dynamite [969]
December 25, 1951* Rashomon Distribution only, produced by Daiei Film; received an Academy Honorary Award for Foreign Film

1952[edit]

According to The RKO Story, "... 1952 was the most tempestuous year in the history of an altogether tempestuous enterprise."[970] The studio was plagued by lawsuits, and Howard Hughes would eventually sell his stock in the company. However, the group he sold it to was involved in scandal, and was forced to back out of the deal prior to year's end, leaving the studio virtually ownerless. RKO lost over $10 million on the release of 31 films, half of which were not produced by the studio. In fact, the studio only produced one film in the last five months of the year. 1952 saw few cinematic highlights, the only two being Rashomon (which had opened in December of the prior year) and Hans Christian Andersen.[971]

Release date Film Notes
January 8, 1952 Girl in Every Port, AA Girl in Every Port [972]
January 30, 1952 Las Vegas Story, TheThe Las Vegas Story [973]
February 4, 1952 At Sword's Point [974]
February 13, 1952* Trail Guide [975]
February 14, 1952* Road Agent [976]
March 13, 1952 Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, TheThe Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men Co-produced with Walt Disney Productions[977]
March 14, 1952* Tarzan's Savage Fury [978]
March 20, 1952* Whispering Smith vs. Scotland Yard Premiered in London in January 31, 1952; aka Whispering Smith Hits London[979]
March 21, 1952 Pace That Thrills, TheThe Pace That Thrills [980]
March 23, 1952* Rancho Notorious [981]
April 7, 1952* Faithful City, TheThe Faithful City [982]
April 11, 1952* Target [983]
April 30, 1952 Macao [984]
May 2, 1952 Narrow Margin, TheThe Narrow Margin [985]
May 4, 1952* Half-Breed, TheThe Half-Breed [986]
May 13, 1952* Desert Passage [987]
May 28, 1952 Wild Heart, TheThe Wild Heart
June 16, 1952 Clash by Night [988]
July 29, 1952 Big Sky, TheThe Big Sky Premiered in Chicago, wide release August 19, 1952[989]
July 21, 1952* One Minute to Zero [990]
August 7, 1952* Sudden Fear [991]
September 12, 1952 Beware, My Lovely [992]
October 2, 1952* Under the Red Sea [993]
October 10, 1952* Captive Women [994]
October 24, 1952 Lusty Men, TheThe Lusty Men [995]
October 30, 1952 Androcles and the Lion Premiered in Los Angeles, wide release January 9, 1953[996]
November 7, 1952 Montana Belle Premiered in New York City, wide release November 11, 1952[997]
November 14, 1952 Face to Face [998]
November 25, 1952 Hans Christian Andersen Premiered in New York City, wide release December 19, 1952; distribution only; produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions[999]
December 24, 1952 Blackbeard the Pirate [1,000]
December 25, 1952 No Time for Flowers Premiered in New York City, wide release January 31, 1953[1,001]

1953[edit]

The year was another disaster for the studio, which was mired in lawsuits. The company returned to the control of Howard Hughes, but the studio released only 24 films during the year, the fewest total since their inaugural year of 1929, which had not been a full year. Of those 24 films, only 8 were actual RKO productions. Disney's Peter Pan, the Academy Award-winning documentary The Sea Around Us, and the 3-D Second Chance were the few highlights for the studio.[1,002]

Release date Film Notes
January 13, 1953 Decameron Nights Premiered London, wide release on November 16, 1953[1,003]
January 21, 1953 Sword of Venus Premiered Los Angeles, wide release on February 20, 1953[1,004]
January 28, 1953 Never Wave at a WAC [1,005]
February 4, 1953 Angel Face Premiered Los Angeles, wide release on February 11, 1953[1,006]
February 5, 1953 Peter Pan Distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[1,007]
March 20, 1953 Hitch-Hiker, TheThe Hitch-Hiker Premiered Boston, wide release on March 21, 1953[1,008]
April 1, 1953 Count the Hours [1,009]
April 3, 1953 Port Sinister Premiered Los Angeles, wide release on April 10, 1953[1,010]
April 25, 1953* Big Frame, TheThe Big Frame [1,011]
May 2, 1953 Split Second [1,012]
May 23, 1953 Sea Devils [1,013]
June 8, 1953 Tarzan and the She-Devil [1,014]
June 20, 1953 Affair with a Stranger [1,015]
July 5, 1953* Night Without Stars
July 7, 1953* Sea Around Us, TheThe Sea Around Us [1,016]
July 18, 1953 Second Chance [1,017]
July 29, 1953 Below the Sahara Premiered Los Angeles, wide release on September 1, 1953[1,018]
August 8, 1953 Sword and the Rose, TheThe Sword and the Rose Distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[1,019]
August 15, 1953 Devil's Canyon [1,020]
October 14, 1953 Louisiana Territory Premiered in New Orleans, wide release on October 16, 1953[1,021]
October 16, 1953 Appointment in Honduras [1,022]
October 22, 1953 Marry Me Again [1,023]
October 26, 1953 Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue Premiered London, wide release on February 27, 1954; distribution only; produced by Walt Disney Productions[1,024]
December 29, 1953 French Line, TheThe French Line Premiered London, wide release on February 8, 1954[1,025]

1954[edit]

Although Howard Hughes purchased all the outstanding shares of stock of the company, becoming the first individual to own a major studio, the downward trajectory of RKO continued. Only 14 films were released, and there was not a single notable one among them.[1,026]

Publicity photo from Killers from Space
Publicity photo of Debbie Reynolds for Susan Slept Here
Release date Film Notes
January 23, 1954 Killers from Space [1,027]
February 15, 1954* She Couldn't Say No [1,028]
February 25, 1954 Dangerous Mission Premiered Salt Lake City, wide release on March 6, 1954[1,029]
April 15, 1954 Saint's Girl Friday, TheThe Saint's Girl Friday [1,030]
April 16, 1954 Carnival Story [1,031]
June 1954* Sins of Rome
June 24, 1954 Silver Lode [1,032]
July 14, 1954 Susan Slept Here [1,033]
September 28, 1954 Africa Adventure [1,034]
October 6, 1954 Passion [1,035]
November 3, 1954 This Is My Love Premiered Los Angeles, wide release on November 11, 1954[1,036]
November 18, 1954 Cattle Queen of Montana [1,037]
October 10, 1954 Hansel and Gretel Premiered in New York City, wide release on December 25, 1954; distribution only[1,038]
December 14, 1954 Naked Sea Premiered Long Beach, CA, wide release on December 13, 1955[1,039]

1955[edit]

Howard Hughes sold RKO to General Teleradio in the middle of the year. Teleradio was the entertainment arm of the General Tire and Rubber Company, and had purchased the studio to gain access to its film library, which it intended to air on its small network of television stations. RKO became a division in the new company, RKO Teleradio Pictures. While the studio came up with its own version of the wide screen format, called Superscope, they would only release 14 films during the year, the only one of which was notable was the musical, Oklahoma!, which RKO distributed.

Release date Film Notes
January 19, 1955 Americano, TheThe Americano Premiered in New York City, wide release on January 29, 1955[1,040]
February 9, 1955 Underwater! [1,041]
February 16, 1955 Tarzan's Hidden Jungle [1,042]
March 26, 1955 Rage at Dawn [1,043]
April 9, 1955 Escape to Burma [1,044]
May 4, 1955 Quest for the Lost City [1,045]
June 1, 1955 Son of Sinbad [1,046]
June 29, 1955 Wakamba! [1,047]
July 4, 1955 Pearl of the South Pacific [1,048]
September 14, 1955 Bengazi [1,049]
September 21, 1955 Tennessee's Partner [1,050]
October 11, 1955 Oklahoma! Distribution only, and only for its first run; distributed for its second run by 20th Century Fox[1,051]
October 19, 1955 Treasure of Pancho Villa, TheThe Treasure of Pancho Villa [1,052]
November 30, 1955 Texas Lady [1,053]

1956[edit]

Theatrical poster for The Conqueror
Publicity still of director Allan Dwan, Arlene Dahl, and cinematographer John Alton for Slightly Scarlet

While the studio increased its number of releases to 20 in 1956, by year's end the fact that RKO was looking to sell part of its distribution arm was a signal that the death knell was tolling for the studio. There were, however, a few notable films released, such as Fritz Lang's final two American films, While the City Sleeps, and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. The studio's highest-grossing film of the year, The Conqueror, was also its biggest financial flop, since its $4.5 million in North American rentals did not come close to covering its $6 million cost.[1,054][1,055]

Release date Film Notes
January 11, 1956 Glory [1,056]
January 18, 1956 Postmark for Danger Released in Great Britain as Portrait of Alison[1,057]
January 25, 1956 Cash on Delivery Released in Great Britain as To Dorothy a Son[1,058]
February 8, 1956 Slightly Scarlet [1,059]
February 22, 1956 Conqueror, TheThe Conqueror Premiered Los Angeles, wide release on March 28, 1956[1,060]
February 1956* Brain Machine, TheThe Brain Machine
April 11, 1956 The Way Out [1,061]
April 18, 1956 Bold and the Brave, TheThe Bold and the Brave [1,062]
May 16, 1956 While the City Sleeps Premiered in New York City, wide release on May 30, 1956; distribution only[1,063]
May 16, 1956 Great Day in the Morning [1,064]
May 30, 1956* Murder on Approval
August 15, 1956* First Traveling Saleslady, TheThe First Traveling Saleslady [1,065]
September 8, 1956 Back from Eternity [1,066]
September 13, 1956 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt [1,067]
October 3, 1956* Tension at Table Rock [1,068]
October 17, 1956* Finger of Guilt Released in Great Britain as The Intimate Stranger
October 26, 1956 Brave One, TheThe Brave One [1,069]
November 5, 1956 Death of a Scoundrel [1,070]
December 19, 1956 Bundle of Joy [1,071]
December 21, 1956 Man in the Vault [1,072]

1957[edit]

This was the end of production for the original RKO Radio Pictures. All production was halted in January, and distribution was handled by Universal-International. Only 11 films were released, and none were noteworthy.[1,073]

Release date Film Notes
April 7, 1957 Young Stranger, TheThe Young Stranger [1,074]
May 17, 1957 Public Pigeon No. 1 Premiered in Los Angeles, wide release June 5, 1957[1,075]
September 2, 1957* Cartouche
July 25, 1957 Run of the Arrow [1,076]
September 25, 1957 Jet Pilot Premiered in Los Angeles, wide release October 4, 1957[1,077]
August 22, 1957 That Night! [1,078]
October 1957 Unholy Wife, TheThe Unholy Wife [1,079]
November 13, 1957 All Mine to Give Premiered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; wide release January 1958[1,080]
November 27, 1957 Violators, TheThe Violators [1,081]
October 17, 1957 Escapade in Japan Premieredin San Francisco, wide release November 1957[1,082]
1957 Guilty?

1958–60[edit]

While the studio was no longer producing films, it would release the 12 it had already made over the three-year period from 1958 to 1960.[1,083]

Release date Film Notes
February 5, 1958 Girl Most Likely, TheThe Girl Most Likely Production only; distributed by Universal Pictures[1,084]
March 6, 1958* Stage Struck Production only; distributed by Buena Vista Distribution[1,085]
May 14, 1958 I Married a Woman Production only; distributed by Universal Pictures[1,086]
August 6, 1958 Naked and the Dead, TheThe Naked and the Dead Production only; distributed by Warner Bros.; final RKO release[1,087]
November 6, 1958* From the Earth to the Moon Production only; distributed by Warner Bros.[1,088]
November 8, 1958 Enchanted Island Production only; distributed by Warner Bros.[1,089]
March 13, 1959 Verboten! Production only; distributed by Columbia Pictures[1,090]
May 15, 1959* Mysterians, TheThe Mysterians Production only; made in Japan in 1957 by Toho; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
June 1959 Home is the Hero Production only[1,091]
July 16, 1959* Desert Desperadoes Distribution only; produced by Venturini Express and Nasht Productions[1,092]
August 1959* City After Midnight Production only[1,093]
February 15, 1960* Poacher's Daughter, TheThe Poacher's Daughter Production only[1,077]

1960s – 1970s[edit]

RKO Pictures dissolved in 1959, and was reconstituted in 1978 by its parent corporations RKO General.

1980s – RKO Pictures Inc.[edit]

In 1978 RKO General created a subsidiary, RKO Pictures Inc. Three years later they began to produce a number of feature films and television projects.[1,094][9] In collaboration with Universal Studios, RKO put out half a dozen films during the first half of the decade, although none met with much success. from 1985 to 1987 the studio produced several more films on their own, some with more acclaim such as Plenty (1985), Half Moon Street (1986) and Hamburger Hill (1987), but production ended when RKO General underwent a massive reorganization following an attempted hostile takeover,[1,095] and the production company was eventually sold to Wesray Capital Corporation in late 1987.[1,096][1,097]

Release date Film Notes
September 25, 1981 Carbon Copy
January 31, 1982 Border, TheThe Border co-produced
July 23, 1982 Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, TheThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texas co-produced
July 23, 1982 Cat People Remake of the 1942 film Cat People
December 16, 1983 D.C. Cab co-produced
1983 Brass Ring, TheThe Brass Ring Television film
June 1, 1984 Streets of Fire co-produced
September 20, 1985 Plenty co-produced
August 13, 1986 Half Moon Street
1986 My Letter to George Also released under the titles Mesmerized and Shocked
April 10, 1987 Campus Man co-production with and distributed by Paramount Pictures
May 8, 1987 Hot Pursuit co-production with and distributed by Paramount Pictures
August 28, 1987 Hamburger Hill co-production with and distributed by Paramount Pictures
September 10, 1987 Lighthorsemen, TheThe Lighthorsemen Released in the United States: April 8, 1988
1987 Dark Age Australian release

1990s—current: RKO Pictures LLC[edit]

In 1989 Wesray sold the company to Pavilion Communications, which renamed the entity RKO Pictures LLC.[11][12] In its latest incarnation, the studio has been involved with several notable films, including Laws of Gravity (1992) and Mighty Joe Young (1998).

Release date Film Notes
June 8, 1990 False Identity
October 17, 1991 It's All True Documentary; co-producer
March 21, 1992 Laws of Gravity
October 19, 1996 Milk & Money co-producer
December 15, 1996 Holiday Affair Television film
December 25, 1998 Mighty Joe Young co-production with Walt Disney Pictures
January 13, 2002 Magnificent Ambersons, TheThe Magnificent Ambersons television film
May 4, 2003 Gin Game, TheThe Gin Game television film
June 21, 2003 Shade
May 2, 2006 Ritual, TheThe Ritual in the U.S., directly to cable
September 22, 2006 Laura Smiles
April 4, 2007 Are We Done Yet? co-production with Revolution Studios, Cube Vision and Columbia Pictures; remake of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
September 11, 2009 Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
November 2, 2012 Late Quartet, AA Late Quartet co-production with Entertainment One
April 30, 2015 Barely Lethal

Bibliography[edit]

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  247. ^ "Wednesday's Child: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  248. ^ "Kentucky Kernels: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  249. ^ "By Your Leave: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  250. ^ "Woman in the Dark: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  251. ^ "Anne of Green Gables: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  253. ^ "The Silver Streak: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  254. ^ "Red Morning: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  258. ^ Fielding, Raymond. The March of Time, 1935–1951. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-502212-2. 
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  260. ^ "Grand Old Girl: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  261. ^ "Enchanted April: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  262. ^ "Murder on a Honeymoon: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  263. ^ "Gigolette: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  264. ^ "Captain Hurricane: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  265. ^ "Roberta: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  266. ^ "The People's Enemy: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  267. ^ "A Dog of Flanders: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  268. ^ "Strangers All: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  269. ^ "Laddie: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  270. ^ "Star of Midnight: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  271. ^ "Chasing Yesterday: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  272. ^ "The Informer: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  273. ^ "Village Tale: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  274. ^ "Break of Hearts: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  275. ^ "The Nitwits: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  276. ^ "Becky Sharp: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  277. ^ "Hooray for Love: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  278. ^ "The Arizonian: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  279. ^ "She: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  280. ^ "Old Man Rhythm: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  281. ^ "Jalna: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  282. ^ "Alice Adams: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  283. ^ "Hot Tip: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  286. ^ "Powdersmoke Range: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  287. ^ "His Family Tree: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  288. ^ "Freckles: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  289. ^ "Hi, Gaucho!: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  290. ^ "The Last Days of Pompeii: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  291. ^ "The Rainmakers: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  292. ^ "The Three Musketeers: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  293. ^ "To Beat the Band: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  294. ^ "Annie Oakley: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  295. ^ "In Person: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  296. ^ "I Dream Too Much: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  297. ^ "Seven Keys to Baldpate: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  298. ^ "Another Face: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  299. ^ "Fang and Claw: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  300. ^ "We're Only Human: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  301. ^ "Sylvia Scarlett: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  303. ^ "Chatterbox: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  304. ^ "Muss 'Em Up: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  305. ^ "The Lady Consents: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  306. ^ "Follow the Fleet: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  307. ^ "Yellow Dust: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  308. ^ "Love on a Bet: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  309. ^ "The Farmer in the Dell: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  310. ^ "Silly Billies: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  311. ^ "Two in Revolt: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  312. ^ "Murder on a Bridle Path: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  313. ^ "The Witness Chair: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  314. ^ "Special Investigator: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  315. ^ "The Ex-Mrs. Bradford: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  316. ^ "Dancing Pirate: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  317. ^ "The Bride Walks Out: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  318. ^ "Let's Sing Again: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  319. ^ "The Last Outlaw: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  320. ^ "Bunker Bean: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  321. ^ "M'Liss: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  322. ^ "Grand Jury: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  323. ^ "Second Wife: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  324. ^ "Mary of Scotland: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  325. ^ "Swing Time: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  326. ^ "Walking on Air: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  327. ^ "Don't Turn 'Em Loose: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  328. ^ "Mummy's Boys: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  329. ^ "The Big Game: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  330. ^ "Daniel Boone: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  331. ^ "Without Orders: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  332. ^ "A Woman Rebels: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  333. ^ "Make Way for a Lady: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  334. ^ "Winterset: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  335. ^ "Smartest Girl in Town: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  336. ^ "Wanted! Jane Turner: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  337. ^ "The Plot Thickens: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  338. ^ "Night Waitress: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  339. ^ "Rainbow on the River: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  341. ^ "That Girl from Paris: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  342. ^ "We Who Are About to Die: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  343. ^ "Racing Lady: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  344. ^ "The Plough and the Stars: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  345. ^ "Criminal Lawyer: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  346. ^ "They Wanted to Marry: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  347. ^ "We're on the Jury: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  348. ^ "When's Your Birthday: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  349. ^ "Sea Devils: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  350. ^ "Park Avenue Logger: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  351. ^ "Don't Tell the Wife: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  352. ^ "China Passage: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  353. ^ a b "Quality Street: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  354. ^ "The Man Who Found Himself: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  355. ^ "The Soldier and the Lady: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  356. ^ "Too Many Wives: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  357. ^ "The Outcasts of Poker Flat: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  358. ^ "The Woman I Love: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  359. ^ "You Can't Buy Luck: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  360. ^ "Behind the Headlines: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  362. ^ "Hollywood Cowboy: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  363. ^ "Border Cafe: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  364. ^ "Meet the Missus: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  365. ^ "Riding on Air: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  366. ^ "You Can't Beat Love: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  367. ^ "New Faces of 1937: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  368. ^ "On Again-Off Again: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  369. ^ "Super-Sleuth: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  371. ^ "The Toast of New York: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  372. ^ "Windjammer: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  373. ^ "Hideaway: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  374. ^ "Flight from Glory: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  375. ^ "Make a Wish: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  376. ^ "The Life of the Party: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  377. ^ "Annapolis Salute: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  378. ^ "Forty Naughty Girls: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  379. ^ "Saturday's Heroes: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  380. ^ "Stage Door: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  381. ^ "Music for Madame: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  382. ^ "Fit for a King: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  383. ^ "Breakfast for Two: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  384. ^ "There Goes the Groom: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  385. ^ "Fight for Your Lady: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  386. ^ "The Rat: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  387. ^ "Living on Love: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  388. ^ "Victoria the Great: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  389. ^ "A Damsel in Distress: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  390. ^ "High Flyers: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  391. ^ "Danger Patrol: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  392. ^ "Quick Money: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  393. ^ "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  394. ^ "Hitting a New High: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  395. ^ "Wise Girl: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  396. ^ "She's Got Everything: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  397. ^ "AFI's 100 YEARS". American Film Institute. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  398. ^ Carr, Jay (January 2002). The A List: The National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films. Da Capo Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-306-81096-1. 
  399. ^ Laham, Nicholas (January 1, 2009). Currents of Comedy on the American Screen: How Film and Television Deliver Different Laughs for Changing Times. McFarland. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-7864-5383-2. 
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  402. ^ "Everybody's Doing It: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  403. ^ a b c "Synopsis" (PDF). The March of Time Newsreels. HBO Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 6, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
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  405. ^ "Radio City Revels: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  406. ^ "Bringing Up Baby: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  407. ^ "She's Got Everything: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  408. ^ "Maid's Night Out: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  409. ^ "Hawaii Calls: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  410. ^ "Condemned Women: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  411. ^ "This Marriage Business: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  412. ^ "Go Chase Yourself: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  413. ^ "Law of the Underworld: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  414. ^ "Joy of Living: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  415. ^ "Vivacious Lady: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  416. ^ "Gun Law: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  417. ^ "Blind Alibi: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  418. ^ "The Saint in New York: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  419. ^ "Blond Cheat: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  420. ^ "Border G-Man: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  421. ^ "Having Wonderful Time: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  422. ^ "Crime Ring: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  423. ^ "Sky Giant: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  424. ^ "Mother Carey's Chickens: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  425. ^ "I'm From the City: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  426. ^ "Painted Desert: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  427. ^ "Smashing the Rackets: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  428. ^ "Breaking the Ice: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  429. ^ "Carefree: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  430. ^ "The Affairs of Annabel: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  431. ^ "The Renegade Ranger: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  432. ^ "Fugitives for a Night: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  433. ^ "Room Service: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  434. ^ "Mr. Doodle Kicks Off: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  435. ^ "A Man to Remember: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  436. ^ "The Mad Miss Manton: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  437. ^ "Tarnished Angel: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  438. ^ "Lawless Valley: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  439. ^ "Annabel Takes a Tour: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  440. ^ "The Law West of Tombstone: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  441. ^ "Peck's Bad Boy with the Circus: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  442. ^ "Next Time I Marry: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  444. ^ "Pacific Liner: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  445. ^ "The Great Man Votes: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  446. ^ "Arizona Legion: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  447. ^ "Boy Slaves: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  448. ^ "Fisherman's Wharf: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  449. ^ "Gunga Din: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  450. ^ "Beauty for the Asking: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  451. ^ "Twelve Crowded Hours: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  452. ^ "The Saint Strikes Back: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  453. ^ "Trouble in Sundown: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  454. ^ "They Made Her a Spy: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  455. ^ a b "Almost a Gentleman: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  456. ^ "Love Affair: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  457. ^ "The Flying Irishman: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  458. ^ "Fixer Dugan: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  459. ^ "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  460. ^ "The Rookie Cop: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  461. ^ "Sorority House: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  462. ^ "Panama Lady: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  463. ^ "The Girl from Mexico: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  464. ^ "The Girl and the Gambler: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  465. ^ "Five Came Back: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  466. ^ "Timber Stampede: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  467. ^ "The Saint in London: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  468. ^ "Career: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  469. ^ "Way Down South: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  470. ^ "The Spellbinder: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  471. ^ "Bachelor Mother: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  472. ^ "The Fighting Gringo: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  473. ^ "In Name Only: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  474. ^ "Conspiracy: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  475. ^ "Bad Lands: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  476. ^ "Full Confession: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  477. ^ "The Day the Bookies Wept: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  478. ^ "5th Avenue Girl: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  479. ^ "Nurse Edith Cavell: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  480. ^ "Everything's on Ice: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  481. ^ "Three Sons: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  482. ^ "Sued for Libel: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  483. ^ "The Marshal of Mesa City: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  484. ^ "The Flying Deuces: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  485. ^ "Allegheny Uprising: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  486. ^ "Meet Dr. Christian: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  487. ^ "That's Right-You're Wrong: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  488. ^ "Reno: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  489. ^ "Two Thoroughbreds: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  490. ^ "Escape to Paradise: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  491. ^ "The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  493. ^ Jewell 1982, pp. 144, 147, 155.
  494. ^ "Legion of the Lawless: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  495. ^ "Mexican Spitfire: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  496. ^ "Married and in Love: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  497. ^ "The Saint's Double Trouble: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  498. ^ "Vigil in the Night: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  499. ^ "Swiss Family Robinson: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  500. ^ "Pinocchio: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  501. ^ "Little Orvie: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  502. ^ "The Marines Fly High: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  503. ^ "Isle of Destiny: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  504. ^ "Millionaire Playboy: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  505. ^ "Primrose Path: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  506. ^ "The Courageous Dr. Christian: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  507. ^ "Bullet Code: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  508. ^ "Abe Lincoln in Illinois: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  509. ^ "Curtain Call: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  510. ^ "Irene: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  511. ^ "Beyond Tomorrow: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  512. ^ "My Favorite Wife: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  513. ^ "You Can't Fool Your Wife: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  514. ^ "A Bill of Divorcement: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  515. ^ "The Saint Takes Over: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  516. ^ "Prairie Law: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  517. ^ "Pop Always Pays: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  518. ^ "Anne of Windy Poplars: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  519. ^ "Dr. Christian Meets the Women: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  520. ^ "Cross-Country Romance: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  521. ^ "Millionaires in Prison: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  522. ^ "Tom Brown's School Days: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  523. ^ "Stage to Chino: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  524. ^ "Queen of Destiny: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  525. ^ "Lucky Partners: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  526. ^ "One Crowded Night: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  527. ^ "Stranger on the Third Floor: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  528. ^ "The Ramparts We Watch: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  529. ^ "Wildcat Bus: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  530. ^ "Dance, Girl, Dance: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  531. ^ "Men Against the Sky: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  532. ^ "Dreaming Out Loud: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  533. ^ "I'm Still Alive: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  534. ^ "Triple Justice: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  535. ^ "Wagon Train: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  536. ^ "Too Many Girls: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  537. ^ "The Villain Still Pursued Her: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  538. ^ "Laddie: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  539. ^ "They Knew What They Wanted: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  541. ^ "Fantasia: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  579. ^ "Parachute Battalion: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  581. ^ "Father Takes a Wife: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  582. ^ "The Bandit Trail: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  583. ^ "All That Money Can Buy: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  584. ^ "The Gay Falcon: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  585. ^ "Dumbo: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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  597. ^ "Obliging Young Lady: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  598. ^ "Valley of the Sun: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
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