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      Founded
      1929
      (as Radio Pictures Inc., subsidiary of Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corp.)

      Defunct
      1959 (de facto)

      Headquarters
      1270 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

      For more information:-
      RKO Pictures- Wikipedia

      RKO Radio Pictures
      (Radio-Keith-Orpheum) is an American film production and distribution company.
      As Radio Pictures Inc. and then RKO Radio Pictures Inc.,
      it was one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood's Golden Age.

      The business was formed after the Keith-Albee-Orpheum (KAO)
      theater chains and Joseph P. Kennedy's Film Booking Offices of America (FBO)
      studio were brought together under the control of the
      Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in October 1928.RCA chief David Sarnoff
      engineered the merger to create a market for the company's sound-on-film

      technology, RCA Photophone. By the mid-1940s,
      the studio was under the control of investor Floyd Odlum.

      RKO has long been celebrated for its cycle of musicals starring
      Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the mid- to late 1930s.
      Actors Katharine Hepburn and, later, Robert Mitchum had their first major successes
      at the studio. Cary Grant was a mainstay for years.

      The work of producer Val Lewton's low-budget horror unit and RKO's
      many ventures into the field now known as film noir have been acclaimed,
      largely after the fact, by film critics and historians.

      The studio produced two of the most famous films in motion picture history:
      King Kong and Citizen Kane.

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      Jet Pilot, a Hughes pet production launched in 1949.
      Shooting wrapped in May 1951, but it was not released until 1957
      due to his interminable tinkering.
      RKO was by then out of the distribution business.
      The movie was released by Universal-International.

      Maverick industrialist Howard Hughes took over RKO in 1948.
      After years of decline under his control, the studio was acquired by the
      General Tire and Rubber Company in 1955.

      The original RKO Pictures ceased production in 1957 and was effectively
      dissolved two years later. In 1981, broadcaster RKO General, the corporate heir,
      revived it as a production subsidiary, RKO Pictures Inc.
      In 1989, this business with its few remaining assets,
      the trademarks and remake rights to many classic RKO films,
      was sold to new owners, who now operate the small independent company
      RKO Pictures LLC.
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      RKO Culver City Studios

      RKO Forty Acres/Desilu Studios
      Culver City, California

      Scenes from
      The Searchers, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,
      The Flying Leathernecks, Tall In The Saddle
      amongst others were filmed here

      40 Acres

      The Lost Studio Backlot of Movie & Television Fame(1926-1976)


      Gone With The Wind" Atlanta set built for that film.

      Known as the Forty Acres even though the actual acreage is little more than 28 acres
      (the backlot and the Culver City Studio sites cover approximately 40 acres),
      this primary backlot for the RKO Studio
      (another one existed in the San Fernando Valley community of Encino)
      came into existence around 1926/27.

      The history of the Culver City Studio and backlot actually goes back
      to September 1918 when Thomas Ince purchased property from Henry Culver.
      The Ince Studios were in business from 1919 to 1924.
      In 1925, Cecil B. DeMille acquired Ince's holdings.
      To film his "King of Kings", DeMille leased 28 1/2 acres of land close to the studio.
      This property became known as the Forty Acres backlot.
      On this property, DeMille built the biblical city of Jerusalem.

      In 1928, RKO was created and took over the ownership of the Culver City property.
      For the movie "The Bird of Paradise", they built a jungle and native village.
      This jungle became the nucleus of the future Tarzan jungle.
      The native village and the Jerusalem gates can be see in "King Kong".



      In 1935, David O. Selznick leased the property from RKO
      for his Selznick International Pictures. On the backlot, he constructed
      the town of Atlanta, a railroad station,
      and the Tara mansion for "Gone With The Wind".
      Portions of the Jerusalem sets, including the gates,
      were dressed to appear as Atlanta and they were burned to the ground.
      Portions of the Atlanta sets were later used in "The Andy Griffith Show" television show
      as the town of Mayberry.
      To see where the Mayberry portion of the set was in comparison
      to the entire Atlanta set, watch the film "The Magnificent Ambersons".

      Across Ballona Creek from the main backlot, the lake and jungle for the Tarzan features
      was created. It was here that Sol Lesser recreated the MGM treehouse,
      but only one half. The right portion was a matte painting.



      Selznick at the train depot gazing at Tara

      In 1948, Howard Hughes purchased the property.
      In 1955, the General Tire and Rubber Company became the new owners,
      while in 1957, Desilu gained ownership of the lot.
      Paramount purchased the Desilu holdings in 1967 and sold off
      the Culver City property in 1968 to Perfect Film and Chemical.
      In 1969, OSF Industries Limited became the new owners; in 1977,
      Laird Industries; in 1986, Grant Tinker and Gannett Company; and finally in 1991,
      Sony Corporation.

      The stalag in "Hogan Heroes" was also located on the backlot.
      In 1976, the Forty Acres backlot was bulldozed and turned into an industrial park. On the opposite side of Ballona Creek, a fire station occupies the area of the jungle.
      The Studio is located at 9336 Washington Blvd in Culver City.
      The nearby backlot location is bounded by Ince Street, Lucerne Avenue,
      Higuera Street, and Jefferson Blvd.

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      In the view above from 1958, one can see a number of "40 Acres" landmarks,
      including the "Mayberry" courthouse (right edge, center) and the mansion
      from Scarlett O'Hara's plantation "Tara," from the film Gone With The Wind

      Please see, for lots of facts and photos
      40 Acres
      The Lost Studio Backlot of Movie & Television Fame(1926-1976)

      For more information:-
      RKO Forty Acres Studios

      For more information:-
      RKO Pictures- Wikipedia

      For more information
      Studios, Backlots and Ranches

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      N.B
      All information correct at original posting, for updated information
      please click on Wikipedia link
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Movie Studios- RKO/Culver City

      Duke made the following movies for this studio,
      many of them filmed around the backlots in the previous posts.

      1939. ALLEGHENY UPRISING- (RKO)
      1943. A LADY TAKES A CHANCE- (RKO)
      1944. TALL IN THE SADDLE- (RKO)
      1945. BACK TO BATAAN- (RKO)
      1946. WITHOUT RESERVATIONS- (RKO)
      1947. TYCOON- (RKO)
      1948. FORT APACHE- (RKO)
      1949. SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON- (Argosy/RKO)
      1950. JET PILOT-(Howard Hughes/RKO/Universal)
      1951. FLYING LEATHERNECKS- (RKO)
      1954. THE CONQUEROR- (RKO)
      1957. I MARRIED A WOMAN- (Universal for RKO)
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England