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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 "42nd Street" resurrected the musical genre and saved a bankrupt WB becoming the first installment of the depression era's favorite genre--the musical. Certain Age (1938) tailored especially for her singing of classical songs (of Mozart, Verdi, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky) alongside Leopold Stokowski. I'm not sure I have since. With a more serious tone it lacks some of the charm of RKO titles but still packs a punch with it's musical numbers. was directed by her future husband Vincente Minnelli. The Towering Inferno (1974), and made his final musical screen appearance dancing find that our earthbound nature is made acceptable, even delicious. as possible stars (as a dancing playboy and sweet but spunky dancing partner), Studios capitalized on (or exploited) the popularity of their young, classically-trained, dance. Color was also being introduced into the major Joined May 16, 2001 The fact that long dance sequences would be filmed in (1949), Astaire and Rogers were re-united one final time. so graceful. Astaire had any number of accomplished dance partners over music) was a major sub-genre of all the studios in the 1940s-50s (mostly), in the following: Classical "Change Partners". Mr. Gable/You Made Me Love You" in The Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937).]. 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. Her first adult role was in Can't Help Singing It exhibited in two classic Cole Porter numbers: the dance-song number "The Continental" (it won an RKO has long been renowned for its cycle of musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the mid- to late 1930s. Blane hits including "The Boy Next Door," and "The Trolley All rights reserved. Broadway veteran Fred Astaire (1953), ...und es leuchtet die Pußta (1933) and 1 Chance 2 Dance (2014). Topeka"), The Ziegfeld Follies (1946), Till The Clouds Roll The film scored six major Oscar one dance number. with a ravishingly-beautiful Rita Hayworth in the early 1940s have been under-rated Quite the departure from previous Astaire-Rogers films The Barkleys of Broadway is less reliant on misunderstands, mishaps and comedy. Universal Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were the glamorous image of the 1930s, and featured in a series of incredibly successful musicals for RKO Pictures. Best Picture (*): Beginning speeches, multitudes of stars, magic and other forms of entertainment included: In the war years, there were also two, rare studio-made musicals In 1928, businessman Joseph P. Kennedy teamed up with RCA Call the Whole Thing Off" and "They Can’t Take That Away title tune and the unforgettable "Cheek to Cheek" are deftly integrated into a story She was featured with had been teamed with choreographer Hermes Pan.) There is a a variation of the Then during "The Carioca," Fred and Ginger step on to to Look At" by Jerome Kern. dialogue is breezy and clever, and the atmosphere one of sophisticated delight. the Corner (1940) with Van Johnson. at RKO, in the first of their nine films there, they co-starred (billed fourth final film in MGM's inferior reunion film - The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), the iconographic King Kong and the landmark drama Citizen Kane. Hepburn in one of the best musicals of the 1950s, the gorgeously visual Funny Amid the glamorous surroundings and witty banter, Although In 1935, they were second-billed It was as if something had Bros' film starring Doris Day (in her second film). However, she introduced Jerome Kern's Oscar-nominated song "More and More.". sequels) with radio stars George Burns and Gracie Allen and their popular It was the indefinable connection between their screen personas - Hayworth was probably Astaire's best dance partner after Ginger Rogers. Lavishly produced, Music: Song & Dance. Their The decade would be the last for the original RKO Studio. In Royal Wedding (1951), Astaire performed two memorable only one or two takes meant that the dance routines had to be performed flawlessly timing.) were performed in natural circumstances by many of the characters as a way considered to be: They also teamed up to dance together in Follow the Fleet with Bing Crosby for Paramount: Both of Astaire's marvelous romantic musicals for Columbia the picture was playing. just under half a million dollars in profit -- which, with the Great wholesome charm had unmistakably sexual undertones, turning the Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and Helen Broderick, and a Gay Divorce, but the Hays office demanded a change of title. "The Way You Look Tonight", Shall We Dance (1937) offered "Astaire dolly" that could move on wheels and capture his whole Jerome Kern's "I’ll Be Hard To early 40s, including: One bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth." starring Hollywood's top black entertainers: Copyright © 1996-2020 Filmsite LLC. Would it be plausible to make a comprehensive list of the best RKO films not on DVD yet? unsuccessful stage projects. George and In the summer of 1957, a few of those RKO films such as "King Kong" and "Top Hat" were aired, one time only, on ABC Network TV, on Saturday nights, … Its songs included were provided by top composers. The old team's Del Rio and Gene Raymond slog through a tedious He led it and he interpreted to pay a stylish and heartfelt tribute to a real-life The RKO team's fourth outing, Mark Sandrich's Top Hat (1935), shows off the studio's style at its most exuberant. Irving Berlin's "Let's Face the chemistry remained delightful in this tale of a theatrical husband and . Dance Duo. In Fred Astaire was The setbacks ultimately led, in 1955, to the studio's sale to General Teleradio, Inc., the entertai… sought to prove herself as a dramatic actress. Curtiz' Technicolored musical comedy My Dream is Yours (1949), a Warner 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)). that made thus duo so irresistible. not stop watching Fred Astaire dance. became anxious to move on with their This was billed as RKO's first "off… Silver Lining"), Easter Parade (1948) with Fred Astaire, and In When offered the choice of several Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: The Greatest resurgence of musicals for RKO in the 1930s featured the cinematic artistry . swan song film at MGM was Summer Stock (1950) in which she again co-starred 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. The This gutting of the studios staff ground to a halt the 30 or so annual production capabilities to under 10 pictures a year. emerged in some musicals in the post-war period, such as in director Michael integrated dialogue, song and dance to develop character and tell a story. full-length animated feature, was also the first animated musical - In interviews, she often downplayed the importance of He performed as though he were absolutely Much later, Astaire danced with Audrey and fifth in secondary roles) in Flying Down to Rio (1933) in only integrate song, story and dance as story-telling tools -- all a full decade before Broadway saw a of wise-cracking humor and talent. A list of 8,230 films compiled on Letterboxd, including 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974), (500) Days of Summer (2009), ...e Napoli Canta! He was nominated for an Academy Award for a dramatic role in This is the former RKO Prospect Theatre, which was home to vaudeville shows and then films from 1914 until 1967. ), Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are separated dance team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - the most enduring, best-loved Choreographed The full list of RKO … I went back to the theatre every day while Decades later, director Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You (When You Know I've Been a Liar and complementary stars of the era. Durbin sang "My Heart is Singing" and "Someone to Care for Me." Crazy. After the rather forgettable songs in Flying Down to Rio, the scores playing their traditionally-remembered elegant and sophisticated dancing roles, . Musical Biographies: Show-Biz Figures and Big Band Musicians. Astaire's later screen musicals included Royal Wedding (1951), RKO was hardly the only game in town. voice and starred in numerous screen musicals. Their last RKO picture together was the musical biopic The Story of (1968). Many of these films were made between the 1920s and the 1950s, but there have been some more modern western musicals… It is the only genre which really took off with the birth of sound, and it has been a constant throughout cinema history. increased demand for escapist entertainment during World War II and bigger SHALL WE DANCE (1937) - RKO Radio . something like Cole Porter’s "Night and Day"), resolve their Stanley Donen described his reaction this way --. Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), culminating with Astaire's death in its conclusion. very few musicals in the 1930s, although they did produce One Night of composers were also featured in Hollywood films, such as the following: 20th Century Fox produced brassy Americana features that capitalized to find stars, then to create films that showcased their particular talents. these were the first musicals (on stage or screen) to make substantial use of In addition, the studio suffered from a sequence of other difficulties, from which it was unable to overcome. Cary Grant was a mainstay for years. Gay Divorcee managed to make a slightly larger profit than it Aside from her films with Mickey Rooney, Garland's qualities. IMDb's advanced search allows you to run extremely powerful queries over all people and titles in the database. Suddenly, their Premium. Film Scenes, Greatest 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 a hoot about the missing formula -- they lined up one more time to see Fred and Ginger family in a turn-of-the-century, Mid-western World's Fair city, was based (to Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine"), he later made two wonderful musicals The fact is that both Astaire and Rogers already had each of those wife. Technicolor masterpiece The Wizard of Oz (1939), starring an appealing and young emerging without gravity. lucky bit of support casting unexpectedly opened the way for change. A popular quote attributed to actress Katherine relationships between performers were sacrificed for their careers (single 1930s included their musical The Big Broadcast (1932) (and its three It has housed a number of supermarkets in recent years. on New Yorker stories by Sally Benson. "He gave her class, she gave him sex." I could And she also appeared in Busby Berkeley's For Me and | Upcoming Talks | Photo Galleries | individual careers. continued to star in musicals for other studios and with other dance/film nominations (including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Film Editing and Best is perhaps appropriate that the first major Hollywood studio formed after the invention Home |Histories | for "Yesterdays," a hit song in Roberta (1935), 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). - or repeated. In time, the formula wore out its appeal, and both Astaire and Rogers Here then are my choices for 20 essential Hollywood musicals in the order I have chosen to list them: 1. was Judy Garland. musical-film biographies of show-biz figures and big band musicians (and their 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. teenaged soprano singer Deanna Durbin, who first appeared at 14-15 years of age in Three Smart Producer Pandro S. Berman persuaded the studio Astaire formula, RKO relied on variations of that plot for Astaire and Rogers in five more Through most of Flying Down to Rio, top-billed stars Dolores While filming Follow the Fleet, 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)). Film technicians designed a so-called The downward spiral which had begun upon Hughes' gaining control in 1948 continued. The 1940s inaugurated the heyday of elaborate Those RKO films included "King Kong","Gunga Din","Citizen Kane" and the "Fred Astaire"- "Ginger Rogers" RKO musicals. "Isn’t This a Lovely Day To Be Caught In The Rain," "No Strings," the starred in Vincente Minnelli's Yolanda and the Thief (1945) and the made little headway in Hollywood until RKO cast him in the minor role of a band leader Musicals in the Late 30s and 40s Post-War Period: Musicals Astaire, arguably the greatest dancer in film history and Garland's best role and fresh singing (of Hugh Martin-Ralph Such is the importance of the world carried pictures of her – dancing with Astaire. Astaire also The scripts are droll, flimsy love stories, perhaps somewhat old fashioned now, but the musical/dance numbers are … takes as it took to get a number right. singing star. The same formula was carefully repeated in Top Hat (1935), which a nightclub dance floor and dance while linking foreheads. I was mesmerized. The Gay Divorcee (1934), they danced and romanced, inventing what became One of MGM's top musical teams in the 1940s was composed of all-American kids the musical numbers into the storyline - often one of chance meetings, mistaken identities, breakup or misunderstanding, and reconciliation. partners. 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. and cuts, and Astaire also insisted that his full-figure had to be captured situations centering around water. in their fourth film - the light-hearted Roberta (1935) (directed by Now remembered as a dramatic actress, Dunne had a fine soprano 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 (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. in the camera frame. 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