RKO

Famous for launching the careers of Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and the production of the Astaire-Rogers musicals… Oh, and a bunch of “B” movies…

Located at the corner of Gower and Melrose…

3 comments

  1. Brings back a bit of nostalgia for me. Sometime in the 1950s when extra work was really slow I applied for a job with Desilu Productions who then owned the RKO Gower facility. I got the job as a multhilit operator. The multhilit was a very sophisticated Xerox type of machine. RKO had two machines in the reproduction dept. We made multiple copies of all scripts as needed by the productions. But in addition we also made copies of all contracts. When a contract was to be copied, an executive would bring in the contract on a multilith typed master. He would watch me carefully to make sure I never read the contract. As soon as the copies were finished he would take the master and all garbage copies with him. However, unknown to him, there was always a residual image on the drum which I promptly read and was able to see the actual salaries of the various principals. I could say more but that might be injudicious….. Suffice it to say I made a friend at Variety who would plant short notices about me in the magazine. I worked there for about a year when I finally could not resist the siren call to return to the front of the camera.

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