History of The Moving Picture

After the onset of World War I, Hollywood begins turning out movies such as Intolerance and Civilization to help promote peace. However, after the U.S. gets involved in the war, stars such as Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and Charlie Chaplin help the effort by selling war bonds. Propaganda films come into play.

RKO pictures was a creation of The U.S. Navy and Wall Street. RKO was an RCA Radio enterprise. Government controlled monopolies are nothing new. Bell Labs was another example of a very important governmental monopoly that would pretty much go on to create the 21st century digital age.

Bell Labs - Wikipedia


"RKO Pictures Inc., also known as RKO Radio Pictures and in its later years RKO Teleradio Pictures, was an American film production and distribution company. It was one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood's Golden Age. The business was formed after the Keith-Albee-Orpheum (KAO) vaudeville theatre circuit and Joseph P. Kennedy's Film Booking Offices of America (FBO) studio were brought together under the control of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in October 1928.[a] RCA chief David Sarnoff engineered the merger to create a market for the company's sound-on-film technology, RCA Photophone. By the mid-1940s, the studio was under the control of investor Floyd Odlum."

RKO Pictures - Wikipedia

"After World War I began in August 1914, radio traffic across the Atlantic Ocean increased dramatically after the western Allies cut the German transatlantic telegraph cables. Germany, Austria-Hungary, and their allies in Europe (collectively known as the Central Powers) maintained contact with neutral countries in the Americas via long-distance radio communications, as well as telegraph cables owned by neutral countries such as the Netherlands and Denmark.

In 1917 the government of the United States took charge of the patents owned by the major companies involved in radio manufacture in the United States to devote radio technology to the war effort. All production of radio equipment was allocated to the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The War Department and the Navy Department sought to maintain a federal monopoly of all uses of radio technology. The wartime takeover of all radio systems ended late in 1918, when the U.S. Congress failed to pass a bill which would have extended this monopoly. The war ended in November of that year."


This is the first episode of a six-part television documentary produced by BBC-TV in 1987 and hosted by Ed Asner, which tells the story of RKO Pictures, one of the "Big Five" Hollywood film studios.

"The ending of the federal government's monopoly in radio communications did not prevent the War and Navy Departments from creating a national radio system for the United States. On 8 April 1919, naval Admiral W. H. G. Bullard and Captain Stanford C. Hooper met with executives of the General Electric Corporation (GE) and asked them to discontinue selling the company's Alexanderson alternators (used in the high-power AM radio transmitters of that era) to the British-owned Marconi Company, and to its subsidiary, the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America.

The proposal presented by the government was that if GE created an American-owned radio company, then the Army and Navy would effect a monopoly of long-distance radio communications via this company. This marked the beginning of a series of negotiations through which GE would buy the American Marconi company and then incorporate what would be called the Radio Corporation of America.[6]"

"The incorporation of the assets of Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America (including David Sarnoff, the Pan-American Telegraph Company, and those already controlled by the United States Navy led to a new publicly held company formed by General Electric (which owned a controlling interest) on October 17, 1919. The following cooperation among RCA, General Electric, the United Fruit Company, the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) brought about innovations in high-power radio technology, and also the founding of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in the US. The Army and the Navy granted RCA the former American Marconi radio terminals that had been confiscated during the War. Admiral Bullard received a seat on the Board of Directors of RCA for his efforts in establishing RCA. The result was federally-created monopolies in radio for GE and the Westinghouse Corporation and in telephone systems for the American Telephone & Telegraph Company."



Hollywood The Golden Years: The RKO Story - Episode 6: Howard’s Way

This is the final episode of a six-part television documentary produced by BBC-TV in 1987 and hosted by Ed Asner, which tells the story of RKO Pictures, one of the "Big Five" Hollywood film studios.

Howard Hughes: Film Director and Frontman. a Public Newsreel Persona

Hollywood's Mythic History is filled with fibs and truth. Public relations and matinee idol personalities are Hollywood product sold to the mass public as iconic images of behavior to emulate. Government and Hollywood are one at the highest levels. People like Howard Hughes themselves are more showmen than real businessmen and inventors. Howard Hughes himself would seem to be more of an actor and public persona fiction than a real person. Howard Hughes was a film director. 

Today television is populated with all sorts of talking heads, this practice has its origin with the newsreels that were shown in theaters back during the early half of the 20th century. The News is a lot more manufactured and crafted than most people realize. More of us seem to be becoming aware that the News and Governments cannot be trusted. We are starting to see that the News and related media and Hollywood work together with Government to create a false impression of the world and to shape human behavior and imagination so we keep believing we need Government in the first place. Hollywood exists to create propaganda. All major commissioned art is propaganda. This does not mean that all of that commissioned art does not have any other value. 



Hollywood - Ep 11 : Trick of the Light

This episode is all about cameramen, cameras, developments in lighting techniques, and trick photography. The information on how they pulled off some of those trick photography shots is incredible.

Eric Dollard - A History of the Marconi and R.C.A. Station, Bolinas, California

The opening episode of this epic, landmark series belies the commonly held misconception that silent films are crudely-made historical curiosities but a vibrant art form that had reached a high degree of sophistication by the late 1920s. Film clips from silent classics as well as interviews with surviving silent stars and filmmakers are featured.