/Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO) logo
1941, during WWII, Samuel
Goldwyn, who had maintained an independent production company
since 1922, fell out with his then distribution company United Artists
and signed a distribution deal with Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO). At
RKO studios in 1940, the previous year, Walt Disney had made the
acclaimed feature cartoon, Fantasia.
The film Fantasia also incorporated into its soundtrack Modest
Mussorgsky's composition, Night
on Bald Mountain.
(Radio-Keith-Orpheum) Pictures is an American film company. The
company was formed in 1928 as a combination of the Keith-Albee-Orpheum
(KAO) theater chains, Joe Kennedy's Film Booking Office (FBO) studio,
the small American studio of Pathé, and the Radio Corporation of
America's Photophone division. Kennedy had bought FBO in 1925, and
taken control of KAO and its subsidiary, American Pathe, in 1927.
RCA approached Kennedy about using Photophone for FBO pictures;
from this came further talks, and the creation of Radio-Keith-Orpheum,
announced in October, 1928.
role in the new company was to drive up the share price; he and
his associates did so successfully, pushing RKO's price into the
stratosphere even before film production had begun. Kennedy sold
the last of his RKO stock in 1931, as the country, and RKO, tumbled
prominence of the word "radio" in the corporate name "Radio-Keith-Orpheum"
66% holding. It was claimed that the broadcasting-tower logo of
the production arm, "Radio Pictures," was suggested by David Sarnoff
viewing drawing/RKO-Radio Keith Orpheum Sound Studios, Fantasound,
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