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RKO Classics King Kong and Citizen Kane heading to BBC iPlayer

RKO Classics

Story by Jack Foley

A WIDE selection of classic movies from Hollywood’s golden age are now available on the BBC’s iPlayer, including the definitive monster movie King Kong, quintessential musical Top Hat and Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, still regarded by some as the greatest movie ever made.

Viewers can now watch 23 films produced by RKO Pictures on iPlayer, discovering unseen cinematic gems from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, or revisiting past favourites.

RKO Pictures was one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood’s golden age, producing some of the best-loved and most revered films in cinema history, and working with some of the biggest stars and directors ever. Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Orson Welles and John Ford all produced some of their best-loved films during their time at RKO.

The full list of RKO films returning to iPlayer includes:

Angel Face
Beautiful But Dangerous
Blackbeard, The Pirate
Bringing Up Baby
Carefree
Citizen Kane
Fort Apache (1948)
King Kong (1933)
Kitty Foyle
Love Affair (1939)
Mr Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse
My Favourite Wife
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Suspicion
The Gay Divorce
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Miracle Of The Bells
The Sky’s The Limit
The Spanish Main
The Velvet Touch
Top Hat
Vivacious Lady
Wagon Master

The catalogue of films from RKO Pictures joins a number of box sets that have returned to iPlayer recently, including Dracula, Taboo, Peter Kay’s Car Share, My Family, Mystery Road, The A Word, Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, Tourist Trap, children’s show The Next Step and a selection of Royal Shakespeare Company productions.

Controller of BBC iPlayer, Dan McGolpin, said: “It’s really exciting to bring this fantastic selection of classic movies from RKO Pictures to viewers on BBC iPlayer. Many people can now discover these inspiring pieces of cinema for the first time and will see some of Hollywood’s finest performances from its best loved stars.

“This is the perfect complement to the classic TV series that we have recently added and together with our freshest shows, from Normal People to Killing Eve, it means that BBC iPlayer has more for you to choose from than ever before.”