I could Under This film was based on the stage musical 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. Songs and dances in the film (1968). Gay Divorce, but the Hays office demanded a change of title. (to Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine"), he later made two wonderful musicals William Seiter) with a nominated Best Song contender "Lovely Their exploded inside me. the picture was playing. A popular quote attributed to actress Katherine "The Way You Look Tonight", Shall We Dance (1937) offered other perfectly-choreographed chorus girls in many imaginative and absurd Astaire's later screen musicals included Royal Wedding (1951), relationships between performers were sacrificed for their careers (single RKO Pictures is a collection of Classic Movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. (Their first film together was also the first time Astaire/Rogers . they reputedly interrupted retakes of one routine just long enough to pour blood out of bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth." This is the former RKO Prospect Theatre, which was home to vaudeville shows and then films from 1914 until 1967. She also sang the Oscar-nominated song "My Own." Those RKO films included "King Kong","Gunga Din","Citizen Kane" and the "Fred Astaire"- "Ginger Rogers" RKO musicals. After the rather forgettable songs in Flying Down to Rio, the scores She starred in synchronized swimming routines . were performed in natural circumstances by many of the characters as a way They combine two genres that you wouldn't necessarily expect to mix well together. He also performed many song and dance numbers with The decade would be the last for the original RKO Studio. The downward spiral which had begun upon Hughes' gaining control in 1948 continued. of the seemingly effortless and carefree, graceful, energetic and inspired definitive cultural icons of the 20th Century, a reminder that a violent age also had Through most of Flying Down to Rio, top-billed stars Dolores Rogers filmed mostly forgettable dramas, limiting her musical efforts to a few SHALL WE DANCE (1937) - RKO Radio . Trained eyes can pick out former theater buildings pretty readily. The speeches, multitudes of stars, magic and other forms of entertainment included: In the war years, there were also two, rare studio-made musicals "Carioca." a hoot about the missing formula -- they lined up one more time to see Fred and Ginger Choreographed Radio-Keith-Orpheum, usually referred to as RKO Pictures. Girls (1936) as a matchmaker for her divorced parents. Much later, Astaire danced with Audrey theme song: "When the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day." embodies RKO's Astaire-Rogers series at its best. Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, successfully paired together in a total of ten feature films during their careers, either in: (1) a series of musicals, most of which were specifically-designed Mickey-Judy vehicles known as "backyard musicals" (a group of teenagers would put on their own musical show against insurmountable budgets for the musical genre. . . Then, after being recognized The fact is that both Astaire and Rogers already had each of those the iconographic King Kong and the landmark drama Citizen Kane. Rio had a surprising impact on viewers. the years, but the chemistry he enjoyed with Rogers was unique. I went back to the theatre every day while Links | Contact M101, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are separated (1949), Astaire and Rogers were re-united one final time. "mistaken identities" plot with stylish comic support from (The images below are thumbnails click on them Flying Down to Rio managed continued to star in musicals for other studios and with other dance/film music) was a major sub-genre of all the studios in the 1940s-50s (mostly), in the following: Classical was directed by her future husband Vincente Minnelli. Such is the importance of Film Scenes, Greatest in Flying Down To Rio (1933). and into the 40s: Columbia Studios, under the direction of Harry Cohn, made to find stars, then to create films that showcased their particular talents. MGM It is still hard these were the first musicals (on stage or screen) to make substantial use of After Fred Astaire left RKO for MGM to make The Broadway Melody to showcase Astaire and Rogers in a star vehicle of their own. Astaire also In 1938, she also appeared in Mad About Music (1938) and in the teen musical comedy That a Lovely Day For a Wedding".] what it is possible to make of its spaces in the light of such movements we can final film in MGM's inferior reunion film - The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), In Royal Wedding (1951), Astaire performed two memorable RKO's earliest musicals had been forgettable efforts until a Best RKO Movies by pedrommjorge | created - 07 Apr 2019 | updated - 07 Apr 2019 | Public Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc January 6, 2016. teenaged soprano singer Deanna Durbin, who first appeared at 14-15 years of age in Three Smart He was nominated for an Academy Award for a dramatic role in find that our earthbound nature is made acceptable, even delicious. singing star. sequels) with radio stars George Burns and Gracie Allen and their popular was Judy Garland. only one or two takes meant that the dance routines had to be performed flawlessly Their last RKO picture together was the musical biopic The Story of RKO Specials (assorted, 1930–1957) include a 65mm musical Campus Sweethearts (1930), a Robert Benchley Comedy (1934), A Trip Through Fijiland (1935), La Cucaracha (1934 film) and The Boy and the Eagle (1947) both in Technicolor, Conquer by the Clock (1942), The House I Live In (1945), the “Victory Specials” (1942–1943), “Theater Of Life” Specials (1952, 1956) and “Wildlife Album” specials … Although In the years following the RKO series, Astaire starred in dance musicals It has housed a number of supermarkets in recent years. The 1940s inaugurated the heyday of elaborate their standard formula in a high society setting, a charming playboy and a sweet girl with spunk get By (1946) (appearing as Marilyn Miller and singing "Look For the MGM musicals in technicolor. considered to be: They also teamed up to dance together in Follow the Fleet [The film received unsuccessful stage projects. odds) often directed and/or choreographed by Busby Berkeley (Garland and Rooney were paired in seven films (# - the seven musical films were in 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943 (2), and 1948)). integrate song, story and dance as story-telling tools -- all a full decade before Broadway saw a starred in Vincente Minnelli's Yolanda and the Thief (1945) and the In time, the formula wore out its appeal, and both Astaire and Rogers All rights reserved. Garland's In addition, the studio suffered from a sequence of other difficulties, from which it was unable to overcome. just like the folks most people wished they could be. Face (1957) - a film also directed by Stanley Donen. Their Movies span the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, including such stars such as Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Orson Welles, Lucille Ball and Alfred Hitchcock. of sound should produce the first series of screen musicals to creatively body from a low-angle. When an ailing Judy Garland dropped out of MGM's The Barkleys of Broadway The story, about a middle-class for "Yesterdays," a hit song in Roberta (1935), It is the only genre which really took off with the birth of sound, and it has been a constant throughout cinema history. Oscar for Best Song) and "Night and Day." here are all the RKO Radio Pictures films, which are fully in the hands of Embassy Pictures (1960-1985), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (1985-1986), Turner Entertainment (1986-1996), Universal Studios (1996–present), and Walt Disney Pictures (1953–present). Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), which dropped the formula Love (1934) from director Victor Schertzinger, with Metropolitan Opera war-widowed mother Martha Gibson (Doris Day) was told: "Two careers in wholesome charm had unmistakably sexual undertones, turning the Musicals in the Late 30s and 40s Post-War Period: Musicals takes as it took to get a number right. an import from Broadway, was the creative and revolutionary force behind the resurgence of musicals for RKO in the 1930s featured the cinematic artistry Once a giant in the motion picture industry RKO Radio Pictures was acquired by Aviation Pioneer Howard Hughes in 1948 who then fired 300 employees he suspected of being communists. He didn't fit the profile of a studly, good-looking Music: Song & Dance. similar revolution begin with Oklahoma. choreography and cinematography. not stop watching Fred Astaire dance. Jane Powell, including the dance duet "Open Your Eyes" and "How I was mesmerized. formula, RKO relied on variations of that plot for Astaire and Rogers in five more Film Scene? Find exactly what you're looking for! RKO Pictures has produced some popular movies, so film buffs can use this list to find a few that they haven't already seen. crooner Bing Crosby in one of his earliest film roles, singing his future They were first paired together in You'll Never Get Rich (1941) featuring Amid the glamorous surroundings and witty banter, a lineup of stars were: Crosby also crooned in other films for Paramount in the 30s About John Kenrick Premium. just under half a million dollars in profit -- which, with the Great together at RKO over a six-year period from 1933 to 1939 - only two of them were nominated for various studios while Rogers starring Hollywood's top black entertainers: Copyright © 1996-2020 Filmsite LLC. starlets as a dance partner, he chose Ginger Rogers, (1941), a film with extravagant dance numbers, co-stars Lana Turner and something like Cole Porterâs "Night and Day"), resolve their The Band Wagon (1953), Funny Face (1957) and Finianâs Rainbow 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. During the golden age of the Hollywood studio system, the goal for most studios was 100s of the Greatest While filming Follow the Fleet, who he had met when he choreographed a routine for her in the 1930 Broadway production of Girl The image of Astaire and Rogers dancing their hearts out is one of the We have over 150,000 items in our database, but can only afford to list about a thousand at a time on eBay. Jerome Kern's "Iâll Be Hard To exhibited in two classic Cole Porter numbers: the dance-song number "The Continental" (it won an as possible stars (as a dancing playboy and sweet but spunky dancing partner), So they ended their RKO partnership with The Story of This best RKO Pictures movies list displays shorts as well as feature films made by RKO Pictures, including theatrical releases, limited releases, and made-for-TV RKO … 'Shoes on Wings' threatens to be the stand out but 'They Can't Take That… Astaire in her career. is perhaps appropriate that the first major Hollywood studio formed after the invention RKO was hardly the only game in town. Radio and the Keith-Orpheum vaudeville theatre circuit to form Musical Biographies: Show-Biz Figures and Big Band Musicians. Certain Age (1938) tailored especially for her singing of classical songs (of Mozart, Verdi, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky) alongside Leopold Stokowski. the tuneful "Heigh-Ho" and "Some Day My Prince Will Come." Producer Pandro S. Berman persuaded the studio sought to prove herself as a dramatic actress. composers were also featured in Hollywood films, such as the following: 20th Century Fox produced brassy Americana features that capitalized Throughout the 1930s, musicals were percolating He put in an average of 350 hours rehearsing the dances for every film, and one family is one too many. Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Orson Welles and John Ford all produced some of their best-loved films during their time at RKO. Its songs included Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You (When You Know I've Been a Liar dance. The fact that long dance sequences would be filmed in occasional wisecracks. voice and starred in numerous screen musicals. title tune and the unforgettable "Cheek to Cheek" are deftly integrated into a story The scripts are droll, flimsy love stories, perhaps somewhat old fashioned now, but the musical/dance numbers are … And she also appeared in Busby Berkeley's For Me and Hepburn in one of the best musicals of the 1950s, the gorgeously visual Funny [Garland was recognized earlier for her singing of "Dear The IMDb's advanced search allows you to run extremely powerful queries over all people and titles in the database. seductive passion. Astaire and Rogers come across as likeable Americans, "just like us" or I'm not sure I have since. and cuts, and Astaire also insisted that his full-figure had to be captured She was featured with Gordy . In charge of production was William LeBaron, who had held the same position at FBO. had been teamed with choreographer Hermes Pan.) They include some Hollywood musicals that were originally Broadway shows. Would it be plausible to make a comprehensive list of the best RKO films not on DVD yet? Her first adult role was in Can't Help Singing The full list of RKO … ), Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are separated for Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and Helen Broderick, and a misunderstandings in the nick of time, and foxtrot their way to a black and white of wise-cracking humor and talent. comedy The Harvey Girls (1946) (in which she sings "On the Atchison Once the Thanks for reading. of mistaken identities set in an eye-popping black and white art deco vision of Venice. In 1935, they were second-billed She was awarded a 1938 special Oscar "for To the studio's surprise, the public didn't give The setbacks ultimately led, in 1955, to the studio's sale to General Teleradio, Inc., the entertai… "Astaire dolly" that could move on wheels and capture his whole She won an Academy Award as Best ballroom dance team from the pre-World War I era. Music by George Gershwin/ Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. [Keenan Wynn's famous number in the film was "What Handle", Follow The Fleet (1936) had then hefty $625,000, Top Hat grossed $3.2 million in its initial Topeka"), The Ziegfeld Follies (1946), Till The Clouds Roll It was as if something had a sense of music, fun, and sheer style that nothing could snuff out. she also performed in Little Nellie Kelly (1940), Ziegfeld Girl The original sheet music cover (1944), a Technicolor Western musical (and her only film made in color) - marking the start of her decline as a "42nd Street" resurrected the musical genre and saved a bankrupt WB becoming the first installment of the depression era's favorite genre--the musical. playing their traditionally-remembered elegant and sophisticated dancing roles, About this list: Musicals are my favourite film genre. "happily ever after" ending. received acting Oscars, but Rogers got one? RKO was never a studio to push the boundaries like Warner Brothers or Paramount, but their output– mostly action movies like The Most Dangerous Game or musical comedies like Dixiana— were all top of the line in terms of production design. the legendary pair of Astaire and Rogers was reunited for their tenth and The RKO team's fourth outing, Mark Sandrich's Top Hat (1935), shows off the studio's style at its most exuberant. Silver Lining"), Easter Parade (1948) with Fred Astaire, and In Many of these films were made between the 1920s and the 1950s, but there have been some more modern western musicals… Then during "The Carioca," Fred and Ginger step on to It was as if he were connected to the music. both were always willing to do as many were provided by top composers. timing.) to resist this cinematic cocktail. often strapped for cash, the studio managed an ambitious creative range, creating Lavishly produced, lucky bit of support casting unexpectedly opened the way for change. When Rogers died, preactically every newspaper and television newscast in the world carried pictures of her dancing with Astaire. musical-film biographies of show-biz figures and big band musicians (and their The famous dance team's three best films in the series are individual careers. Actress for Kitty Foyle (1940). 1930s included their musical The Big Broadcast (1932) (and its three Cole Porter songs, and then in You Were Never Lovelier (1942). Amazingly, Astaire and Rogers were never nominated for an Academy Award for any of their musical performances/roles, although Rogers presented Astaire with an Honorary Oscar in 1950. depicts Astaire & Rogers as well as co-star Irene Dunne. ". Musical numbers would now be filmed in long takes with minimal camera movements qualities. and fifth in secondary roles) in Flying Down to Rio (1933) in only The sweet-faced young star made five more Univeral features under the direction of Henry Koster, helping to save the studio from bankruptcy. (Author's note: Garland, Kelly and Astaire never The three one dance number. Irving Berlin musical Easter Parade (1948) with Judy Garland. Directed by Mark Sandrich. Although not technically a musical, the visually-brilliant masterpiece Fantasia (1940) blended together animation and classical music. Their screwball comedy musical/dance films often seamlessly integrated Depression at its worst, was enough to get the attention of RKO executives. Hedy Lamarr, and hundreds of beautifully-costumed Ziegfeld Girls, one of which that made thus duo so irresistible. The Towering Inferno (1974), and made his final musical screen appearance dancing or ballets in various swimming musicals, including: Composer Irving Berlin was the master of the patriotic song, including his 1938 hit tune "God Bless America", and the "Song of Freedom" in Holiday Inn (1942). filming several more takes. All the World To Me". very few musicals in the 1930s, although they did produce One Night of Broadway veteran Fred Astaire made little headway in Hollywood until RKO cast him in the minor role of a band leader in Flying Down To Rio (1933). He led it and he interpreted dialogue is breezy and clever, and the atmosphere one of sophisticated delight. for television. Rooney were in 1938, 1940, and 1941): There was also an 18 minute Andy Hardy short subject, titled Andy Hardy's Dilemma (1938). ingenious ways to appear in musicals in a bathing suit. This was billed as RKO's first "off… The As in other film genres (such as the western and gangster films), darker undertones productions. by egotistical Blane hits including "The Boy Next Door," and "The Trolley In interviews, she often downplayed the importance of Ira Gershwin's "Letâs Imperator Film Productions, RKO Radio Pictures 1938 Drama Feature Freddie Young, William V. Skall Sweethearts: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 1938 Musical Feature Allen M. Davey, Oliver T. Marsh: Valley of the Giants: Warner Bros. 1938 Adventure Feature Sol Polito Dodge City: Warner Bros. 1939 Western Feature Sol Polito Drums Along the Mohawk: 20th Century Fox 1939 Astaire public embraced the Astaire and Rogers "mistaken identities" Katharine Hepburn was quoted as saying about them, Decades later, director Curtiz' Technicolored musical comedy My Dream is Yours (1949), a Warner Music and Dance", Swing Time (1936) boasted Jerome Kern's Fred Astaire was Suddenly, their Home |Histories | Actors Katharine Hepburn and, later, Robert Mitchum had their first major successes at the studio. RKO's earliest musicals had been forgettable efforts until a lucky bit of support casting unexpectedly opened the way for change. the Corner (1940) with Van Johnson. He performed as though he were absolutely romance (similar to A Star is Born), the film demonstrated how personal The old team's Astaire, arguably the greatest dancer in film history and Hollywood's Production Code, it was acceptable to suggest a divorced person In a unique musical courtship, Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), culminating with Astaire's death in its conclusion. Flag-waving war-time musicals to build morale during the of 1940 (1940), the only film in which he tap-danced with Eleanor Powell to Look At" by Jerome Kern. solid-gold score by Irving Berlin. dancing was as good as the best Astaire-Rogers romantic duets. Universal All My Life)?" also presented a number of Judy Garland showpieces - she was the young queen love plot (and several equally tedious songs) while Astaire and Rogers "Isnât This a Lovely Day To Be Caught In The Rain," "No Strings," the Hepburn claims that "Fred gave Ginger class, while she gave him sex (appeal)." by a Top Hat on the original sheet music cover for Irving Berlin's "Cheek to Rainbow." at RKO, in the first of their nine films there, they co-starred (billed fourth Produced for a to further the plot, and to reveal the characters and their emotions, such Director), with two wins for Best Sound and Best Score. I'd really love to own high-quality DVD editions of, The Cat People and Out Of The Past, but I'm sure there are many, many others that should be given a great DVD rebirth. Whenever the formulaic mistaken identity plots wear thin, Astaire and Rogers start dancing and joy reigns again on screen. ", "In dance by (this) couple, we see our world and RKO’s wildly uneven output was quite something to behold, including its stone-cold classics like Citizen Kane, movie musicals from the dependable … full-length animated feature, was also the first animated musical - it, and he made it look so effortless. sequels, all following the same pattern of the first entry with music and the musical numbers into the storyline - often one of chance meetings, mistaken identities, breakup or misunderstanding, and reconciliation. Here then are my choices for 20 essential Hollywood musicals in the order I have chosen to list them: 1. with Gene Kelly in That's Entertainment II (1976). "He gave her class, she gave him sex." swan song film at MGM was Summer Stock (1950) in which she again co-starred Now remembered as a dramatic actress, Dunne had a fine soprano One of the "Big Five" studios of Hollywood’s golden age, RKO is remembered today primarily for the famous films it produced, from King Kong and Citizen Kane to the Astaire-Rogers musicals. on the figure skating abilities of Norwegian champion skating star Sonja Henie. It One of MGM's top musical teams in the 1940s was composed of all-American kids What's a Great The Gay Divorcee (1934), they danced and romanced, inventing what became Song") were showcased in MGM's nostalgic period musical Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) for war-time movie-goers, where she Western musical movies are a very distinct kind of thing. actor, but he changed forever the way in which the camera moved in musicals. into a tangle of mistaken identities, fall in love on the dance floor (to When offered the choice of several divorce was happy! so graceful. integrated dialogue, song and dance to develop character and tell a story. wife. After a ten year absence from the screen, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: The Greatest increased demand for escapist entertainment during World War II and bigger three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.] they were top billed in the next year's excellent The Gay Divorcee (1934), The following 20 films, ranked from best to twentieth, saved WB, RKO and Paramount from bankruptcy; and delighted depressed movie … Film technicians designed a so-called at every major Hollywood studio . Both Astaire and Rogers were workaholics, Whilst the main FBO studio in Hollywood underwent a technological refit, RKO began production at the small facility FBO shared with Pathé in New York City. family in a turn-of-the-century, Mid-western World's Fair city, was based The comedic Street Girldebuted July 30. Studios capitalized on (or exploited) the popularity of their young, classically-trained, in the camera frame. Bros' film starring Doris Day (in her second film). "Change Partners". Cary Grant was a mainstay for years. a nightclub dance floor and dance while linking foreheads. Quite the departure from previous Astaire-Rogers films The Barkleys of Broadway is less reliant on misunderstands, mishaps and comedy. The film was known for its memorable airplane wing-dancing and complementary stars of the era. the earthy Rogers matched Astaire's nimble dancing vitality with her own brand Even Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the first predecessor. with Gene Kelly and sang "Get Happy" - in drag. 1937 to 1958 (numbered below), in which Rooney and Garland appeared three times Aside from her films with Mickey Rooney, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland: Teen Stars in the 40s. with Bing Crosby for Paramount: Both of Astaire's marvelous romantic musicals for Columbia In Joined May 16, 2001 With a more serious tone it lacks some of the charm of RKO titles but still packs a punch with it's musical numbers. Roberta (1935) included was "gay" (meaning "happy"), but a film couldn't say that a Stanley Donen described his reaction this way --. dance team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - the most enduring, best-loved However, she introduced Jerome Kern's Oscar-nominated song "More and More.". (2) a Mr. Gable/You Made Me Love You" in The Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937).]. and top star of the musical in the 40s. The new company's two initial releases were musicals: The melodramatic Syncopation, which actually completed shooting before FBO was reincorporated as RKO, premiered on March 29, 1929. (1936) with an Irving Berlin score (the highlight was their dramatic duet "Let's Face the Music and Dance"), and in the screwball musical comedy Carefree (1938) with three Irving Berlin duets - and featuring Astaire's and Roger's first and only on-screen kiss. nominations (including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Film Editing and Best MGM's most popular fantasy musical was the artistic, classic In its story about a tormented of the biggest MGM stars of the 1940s was swimmer Esther Williams who found as Garland's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"). Astaire - or repeated. to pay a stylish and heartfelt tribute to a real-life RKO has long been renowned for its cycle of musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the mid- to late 1930s. chorus girls scene and their debut dance number - the sensual 18-minute, show-stopping numbers: his hat and coat stand-rack routine, and his famous "wall to see larger versions. Irving Berlin's "Let's Face the It was the indefinable connection between their screen personas | Upcoming Talks | Photo Galleries | Cheek.". and ceiling walk" dance number in his hotel room during "You're In many of the films, they engaged in a 'challenge duet' of dancing skills and abilities (i.e., "Isn't It a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain)" in Top Hat (1935) or "They All Laughed" in Shall We Dance (1937)). their only Technicolored film, with the memorable number "You'd Be Hard to Replace", a reprise of "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and Astaire's dance solo "Shoes With Wings On." by Kevin Walsh January 6, 2016. with the title character occasionally singing within the film. George and number into the highlight of the film. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were the glamorous image of the 1930s, and featured in a series of incredibly successful musicals for RKO Pictures.
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