RKO Studio's business records, opened briefly to researchers in the 1970s, detailed the company's strategies for surviving and prospering during the worst years of the Great Depression, 1932-1933. They also revealed the workings of the Motion Picture Producers Association, the cartel linking the leading Hollywood studios. David O. Selznick and Benjamin Kahane engineered significant budget reductions while maintaining the quantity and improving the quality of movie output. Their hugely successful King Kong (1933), often given sole credit for RKO'S survival, was only one factor and serves to illustrate the studio's various strategies.

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