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Birth of a Titan 



Episode complete credited cast:
Edward Asner ... Self - Host / Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pandro S. Berman ... Self
Joseph F. Biroc ... Self (as Joseph Biroc)
Katherine Brown Katherine Brown ... Self (as Kay Brown)
Linwood G. Dunn ... Self (as Linwood Dunn)
Edward Eliscu Edward Eliscu ... Self
Bert Granet Bert Granet ... Self
Vernon Harbin Vernon Harbin ... Self
Ray Harryhausen ... Self
Katharine Hepburn ... Self
Dorothy Jordan ... Self - Widow of Merian C. Cooper
Zoe Porter Zoe Porter ... Self - Secretary to Merian C. Cooper
Gene Raymond ... Self
Murray Spivack Murray Spivack ... Self
James G. Stewart James G. Stewart ... Self


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A must-see for anyone who considers themselves a film expert or fan of classic Hollywood.
14 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the first of six episodes about the history of RKO Studios. And, for anyone who considers themselves to be a film expert or lover of classic Hollywood, you MUST see this BBC-produced series! Unfortunately, that won't be so easy since it is NOT out on video or DVD...but fortunately it has been posted on YouTube. It is also fortunate that by 1987, a decent number of folks associated with the early days were still alive and participated in the documentary.

Episode one, not surprisingly, is about the founding of the studio and the early teething pains they encountered as well as their few successes (such as KING KONG and FLYING DOWN TO RIO). It features a lot of interviews with writers, directors, producers and a few stars...as well as narration by Ed Asner.

Overall, a terrific time capsule and a film worth seeing.

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3 July 1987 (UK) See more »

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