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Birth of a Titan 



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


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3 July 1987 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Interviews were filmed with Cary Grant (filmed only a few months before his death), Joel McCrea, James Stewart, Frank Capra, Ann Miller, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino, Loretta Young, Eve Arden, Victor Mature, Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, Joseph Cotten, Harriet Nelson, Buddy Rogers, Cornel Wilde, Maureen O'Hara, Simone Simon, Kim Hunter, and Dorothy Lee, but due to time and budget constraints, were not included in the final cut of this miniseries. Laurence Olivier, Jean Arthur, Olivia de Havilland and Claudette Colbert all declined to be interviewed. See more »


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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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