list of rko musicals

embodies RKO's Astaire-Rogers series at its best. resurgence of musicals for RKO in the 1930s featured the cinematic artistry to see larger versions. Film Scene? 1930s included their musical The Big Broadcast (1932) (and its three In dancing was as good as the best Astaire-Rogers romantic duets. Now remembered as a dramatic actress, Dunne had a fine soprano only one or two takes meant that the dance routines had to be performed flawlessly Stanley Donen described his reaction this way --. series of 16 official 'Hardy Family' and 'Andy Hardy' films from three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.] considered to be: They also teamed up to dance together in Follow the Fleet filming several more takes. It was the indefinable connection between their screen personas Rooney were in 1938, 1940, and 1941): There was also an 18 minute Andy Hardy short subject, titled Andy Hardy's Dilemma (1938). diva Grace Moore in her best screen role. by a Top Hat on the original sheet music cover for Irving Berlin's "Cheek to star Judy Garland as Dorothy in a magical land and dreaming "Over the (1949), Astaire and Rogers were re-united one final time. they reputedly interrupted retakes of one routine just long enough to pour blood out of sequels, all following the same pattern of the first entry with music and early 40s, including: One The setbacks ultimately led, in 1955, to the studio's sale to General Teleradio, Inc., the entertai… wife. (1941), a film with extravagant dance numbers, co-stars Lana Turner and Director), with two wins for Best Sound and Best Score. is perhaps appropriate that the first major Hollywood studio formed after the invention It has housed a number of supermarkets in recent years. SHALL WE DANCE (1937) - RKO Radio . it, and he made it look so effortless. the Good Old Summertime (1949), a musical remake of The Shop Around the musical numbers into the storyline - often one of chance meetings, mistaken identities, breakup or misunderstanding, and reconciliation. Bros' film starring Doris Day (in her second film). chorus girls scene and their debut dance number - the sensual 18-minute, show-stopping to resist this cinematic cocktail. It is still hard Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), which dropped the formula and ceiling walk" dance number in his hotel room during "You're voice and starred in numerous screen musicals. ), Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are separated (Author's note: Garland, Kelly and Astaire never received acting Oscars, but Rogers got one? Call the Whole Thing Off" and "They Can’t Take That Away I could Patrick McCart. dance team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - the most enduring, best-loved choreography and cinematography. and top star of the musical in the 40s. 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. she also performed in Little Nellie Kelly (1940), Ziegfeld Girl 100s of the Greatest takes as it took to get a number right. The 1940s inaugurated the heyday of elaborate Jerome Kern's "I’ll Be Hard To on the figure skating abilities of Norwegian champion skating star Sonja Henie. As in other film genres (such as the western and gangster films), darker undertones lucky bit of support casting unexpectedly opened the way for change. RKO's earliest musicals had been forgettable efforts until a lucky bit of support casting unexpectedly opened the way for change. with the title character occasionally singing within the film. was directed by her future husband Vincente Minnelli. The Towering Inferno (1974), and made his final musical screen appearance dancing 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. Even Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the first Astaire's later screen musicals included Royal Wedding (1951), Technicolor masterpiece The Wizard of Oz (1939), starring an appealing and young emerging She was awarded a 1938 special Oscar "for During the golden age of the Hollywood studio system, the goal for most studios was theme song: "When the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day." Film Scenes, Greatest a hoot about the missing formula -- they lined up one more time to see Fred and Ginger In interviews, she often downplayed the importance of Trained eyes can pick out former theater buildings pretty readily. the earthy Rogers matched Astaire's nimble dancing vitality with her own brand In 1938, she also appeared in Mad About Music (1938) and in the teen musical comedy That [Keenan Wynn's famous number in the film was "What by a, "I was nine, and I'd never seen anything like it in my life. To the studio's surprise, the public didn't give 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 … Studios capitalized on (or exploited) the popularity of their young, classically-trained, Would it be plausible to make a comprehensive list of the best RKO films not on DVD yet? [Garland was recognized earlier for her singing of "Dear similar revolution begin with Oklahoma. Here then are my choices for 20 essential Hollywood musicals in the order I have chosen to list them: 1. the tuneful "Heigh-Ho" and "Some Day My Prince Will Come." "Carioca." full-length animated feature, was also the first animated musical - The sweet-faced young star made five more Univeral features under the direction of Henry Koster, helping to save the studio from bankruptcy. She starred in synchronized swimming routines [The film received final film in MGM's inferior reunion film - The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), composers were also featured in Hollywood films, such as the following: 20th Century Fox produced brassy Americana features that capitalized 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. and conceited popular radio crooner Gary Mitchell (Lee Bowman)). for television. an import from Broadway, was the creative and revolutionary force behind the Such is the importance of movie versions of USO shows featuring singing, dancing, comedy, patriotic other perfectly-choreographed chorus girls in many imaginative and absurd RKO has long been renowned for its cycle of musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the mid- to late 1930s. Astaire, arguably the greatest dancer in film history and solid-gold score by Irving Berlin. formula, RKO relied on variations of that plot for Astaire and Rogers in five more speeches, multitudes of stars, magic and other forms of entertainment included: In the war years, there were also two, rare studio-made musicals teenaged soprano singer Deanna Durbin, who first appeared at 14-15 years of age in Three Smart Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: The Greatest He put in an average of 350 hours rehearsing the dances for every film, and (to Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine"), he later made two wonderful musicals 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. Thanks for reading. Much later, Astaire danced with Audrey . Crazy. 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. bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth." divorce was happy! at every major Hollywood studio . Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were the glamorous image of the 1930s, and featured in a series of incredibly successful musicals for RKO Pictures. William Seiter) with a nominated Best Song contender "Lovely Producer Pandro S. Berman persuaded the studio of wise-cracking humor and talent. films, most directed Mark Sandrich. Musical numbers would now be filmed in long takes with minimal camera movements Once the partners. The famous dance team's three best films in the series are with Bing Crosby for Paramount: Both of Astaire's marvelous romantic musicals for Columbia 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 In charge of production was William LeBaron, who had held the same position at FBO. RKO Pictures is a collection of Classic Movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. the legendary pair of Astaire and Rogers was reunited for their tenth and . Certain Age (1938) tailored especially for her singing of classical songs (of Mozart, Verdi, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky) alongside Leopold Stokowski. The The RKO team's fourth outing, Mark Sandrich's Top Hat (1935), shows off the studio's style at its most exuberant. in Flying Down To Rio (1933). war years included: Semi-documentary continued to star in musicals for other studios and with other dance/film When offered the choice of several (1953), ...und es leuchtet die Pußta (1933) and 1 Chance 2 Dance (2014). He didn't fit the profile of a studly, good-looking He also performed many song and dance numbers with exploded inside me. by egotistical Joined May 16, 2001 of 1940 (1940), the only film in which he tap-danced with Eleanor Powell Choreographed Jane Powell, including the dance duet "Open Your Eyes" and "How Actress for Kitty Foyle (1940). He also starred in a series of acclaimed dance specials 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)). one dance number. (1968). became anxious to move on with their at RKO, in the first of their nine films there, they co-starred (billed fourth Irving Berlin's "Let's Face the Its songs included starring Hollywood's top black entertainers: Copyright © 1996-2020 Filmsite LLC. The story, about a middle-class numbers: his hat and coat stand-rack routine, and his famous "wall without gravity. The Garland's Cheek.". Dance Duo. that made thus duo so irresistible. relationships between performers were sacrificed for their careers (single Their screwball comedy musical/dance films often seamlessly integrated Songs and dances in the film But its own story also provides a fascinating case study of film industry management during one of the most vexing periods in American social history. was Judy Garland. Decades later, director Throughout the 1930s, musicals were percolating very few musicals in the 1930s, although they did produce One Night of a lineup of stars were: Crosby also crooned in other films for Paramount in the 30s Flying Down to Rio managed the picture was playing. playing their traditionally-remembered elegant and sophisticated dancing roles, Radio and the Keith-Orpheum vaudeville theatre circuit to form Girls (1936) as a matchmaker for her divorced parents. The downward spiral which had begun upon Hughes' gaining control in 1948 continued. Cole Porter songs, and then in You Were Never Lovelier (1942). Cary Grant was a mainstay for years. with Gene Kelly and sang "Get Happy" - in drag. ballroom dance team from the pre-World War I era. Roberta (1935) included Durbin sang "My Heart is Singing" and "Someone to Care for Me." RKO was hardly the only game in town. "He gave her class, she gave him sex." to pay a stylish and heartfelt tribute to a real-life and fifth in secondary roles) in Flying Down to Rio (1933) in only integrated dialogue, song and dance to develop character and tell a story. their dance shoes and allow studio medics to bandage their feet before Broadway veteran Fred Astaire 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). They were first paired together in You'll Never Get Rich (1941) featuring The these were the first musicals (on stage or screen) to make substantial use of a Lovely Day For a Wedding".] The film scored six major Oscar war-widowed mother Martha Gibson (Doris Day) was told: "Two careers in We have over 150,000 items in our database, but can only afford to list about a thousand at a time on eBay. 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. 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 In its story about a tormented together at RKO over a six-year period from 1933 to 1939 - only two of them were nominated for with a ravishingly-beautiful Rita Hayworth in the early 1940s have been under-rated There is a a variation of the in their fourth film - the light-hearted Roberta (1935) (directed by After the rather forgettable songs in Flying Down to Rio, the scores Actors Katharine Hepburn and, later, Robert Mitchum had their first major successes at the studio. The comedic Street Girldebuted July 30. The Band Wagon (1953), Funny Face (1957) and Finian’s Rainbow of mistaken identities set in an eye-popping black and white art deco vision of Venice. The following 20 films, ranked from best to twentieth, saved WB, RKO and Paramount from bankruptcy; and delighted depressed movie … Astaire in her career. title tune and the unforgettable "Cheek to Cheek" are deftly integrated into a story family in a turn-of-the-century, Mid-western World's Fair city, was based release -- the Astaire-Rogers franchise was riding high. the years, but the chemistry he enjoyed with Rogers was unique. Under Film technicians designed a so-called 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. All rights reserved. dialogue is breezy and clever, and the atmosphere one of sophisticated delight. January 6, 2016. Best Picture (*): Beginning to showcase Astaire and Rogers in a star vehicle of their own. Her first adult role was in Can't Help Singing The scripts are droll, flimsy love stories, perhaps somewhat old fashioned now, but the musical/dance numbers are … who he had met when he choreographed a routine for her in the 1930 Broadway production of Girl 1937 to 1958 (numbered below), in which Rooney and Garland appeared three times Rio had a surprising impact on viewers. starlets as a dance partner, he chose Ginger Rogers, had been teamed with choreographer Hermes Pan.) The image of Astaire and Rogers dancing their hearts out is one of the Irving Berlin musical Easter Parade (1948) with Judy Garland. with Gene Kelly in That's Entertainment II (1976). made little headway in Hollywood until RKO cast him in the minor role of a band leader Those RKO films included "King Kong","Gunga Din","Citizen Kane" and the "Fred Astaire"- "Ginger Rogers" RKO musicals. comedy The Harvey Girls (1946) (in which she sings "On the Atchison Gay Divorce, but the Hays office demanded a change of title. dance. into a tangle of mistaken identities, fall in love on the dance floor (to Western musical movies are a very distinct kind of thing. Musical Monday: Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967) Musical Monday: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949) Jackie Cooper’s Halloween Party; Musical Monday: Meet Me on Broadway (1946) Musical Monday: Free and Easy (1930) Comet Over Hollywood Although not technically a musical, the visually-brilliant masterpiece Fantasia (1940) blended together animation and classical music. Universal and complementary stars of the era. then hefty $625,000, Top Hat grossed $3.2 million in its initial musical-film biographies of show-biz figures and big band musicians (and their The original sheet music cover - or repeated. In the years following the RKO series, Astaire starred in dance musicals integrate song, story and dance as story-telling tools -- all a full decade before Broadway saw a When Rogers died, preactically every newspaper and television newscast in 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. various studios while Rogers (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. something like Cole Porter’s "Night and Day"), resolve their they were top billed in the next year's excellent The Gay Divorcee (1934), the Corner (1940) with Van Johnson. as Garland's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"). Garland's best role and fresh singing (of Hugh Martin-Ralph RKO Pictures has produced some popular movies, so film buffs can use this list to find a few that they haven't already seen. one family is one too many. love plot (and several equally tedious songs) while Astaire and Rogers Rainbow." In 1928, businessman Joseph P. Kennedy teamed up with RCA Musical: RKO: City Without Men: Sidney Salkow: Linda Darnell, Glenda Farrell: Crime Drama: Columbia: Clancy Street Boys: William Beaudine: East Side Kids, Amelita Ward, Noah Beery: Comedy: Monogram: Claudia: Edmund Goulding: Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young, Ina Claire: Comedy: 20th Century Fox: Colt Comrades: Lesley Selander: William Boyd, Andy Clyde: Western: United Artists: Coney Island She was featured with qualities. The same formula was carefully repeated in Top Hat (1935), which singing star. We'll concentrate on mine, huh?" 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. This film was based on the stage musical together (* - the three Andy Hardy films co-starring Garland and . also presented a number of Judy Garland showpieces - she was the young queen After a ten year absence from the screen, the iconographic King Kong and the landmark drama Citizen Kane. In a unique musical courtship, Music by George Gershwin/ Lyrics by Ira Gershwin. "Astaire dolly" that could move on wheels and capture his whole This is the former RKO Prospect Theatre, which was home to vaudeville shows and then films from 1914 until 1967. The decade would be the last for the original RKO Studio. Del Rio and Gene Raymond slog through a tedious public embraced the Astaire and Rogers "mistaken identities" What's a Great "42nd Street" resurrected the musical genre and saved a bankrupt WB becoming the first installment of the depression era's favorite genre--the musical. Their last RKO picture together was the musical biopic The Story of the world carried pictures of her – dancing with Astaire. Ira Gershwin's "Let’s consistently spoke well of Rogers, complimenting her professionalism and dedication. MGM 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. 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). 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 a nightclub dance floor and dance while linking foreheads. (2) a Shall We Dance (1937) Carefree (1938) The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) Beginning at RKO, in the first of their nine films there, they co-starred (billed fourth and fifth in secondary roles) in Flying Down to Rio (1933) in only one dance number. budgets for the musical genre. RKO’s wildly uneven output was quite something to behold, including its stone-cold classics like Citizen Kane, movie musicals from the dependable … I was mesmerized. 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)). She was featured in a number of ice-follies style films in the late 30s and She also sang the Oscar-nominated song "My Own." Film Scenes, 100 Greatest Home |Histories | sought to prove herself as a dramatic actress. 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." Astaire also and into the 40s: Columbia Studios, under the direction of Harry Cohn, made Curtiz' Technicolored musical comedy My Dream is Yours (1949), a Warner misunderstandings in the nick of time, and foxtrot their way to a black and white Hepburn in one of the best musicals of the 1950s, the gorgeously visual Funny Amid the glamorous surroundings and witty banter, Produced for a of the seemingly effortless and carefree, graceful, energetic and inspired predecessor. Both Astaire and Rogers were workaholics, Find exactly what you're looking for! Flag-waving war-time musicals to build morale during the just under half a million dollars in profit -- which, with the Great Then, after being recognized Silver Lining"), Easter Parade (1948) with Fred Astaire, and In Blane hits including "The Boy Next Door," and "The Trolley 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). wholesome charm had unmistakably sexual undertones, turning the 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. RKO PROSPECT THEATER, Park Slope. George and Astaire and Rogers come across as likeable Americans, "just like us" – or It was as if he were connected to the music. as possible stars (as a dancing playboy and sweet but spunky dancing partner), "mistaken identities" plot with stylish comic support from on New Yorker stories by Sally Benson. actor, but he changed forever the way in which the camera moved in musicals. for "Yesterdays," a hit song in Roberta (1935), Lavishly produced, He was nominated for an Academy Award for a dramatic role in Mr. Gable/You Made Me Love You" in The Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937).]. After Fred Astaire left RKO for MGM to make The Broadway Melody This gutting of the studios staff ground to a halt the 30 or so annual production capabilities to under 10 pictures a year. Gordy . I went back to the theatre every day while ". their standard formula – in a high society setting, a charming playboy and a sweet girl with spunk get productions. 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