Los Angeles: RKO Radio Pictures Studios, 1932. Original 1932 Publicity Pass to RKO Radio Pictures for Hollywood Columnist Jimmy Starr. Light orange cardstock, 3 1/2” x 2 1/4” with rounded corners. Studio passes were given to press and industry representatives, allowing the bearer access to the studio’s lot and sets. It reads in full: “RKO Radio Pictures Studios, Hollywood, Calif., Publicity Pass, Admit Jimmy Starr [typed], Representative for Herald-Express [typed], To Publicity Department Only, Date Issued 4/1, 1932, Good Until 8/31, 1932 [dates are typed]. Signed Val Paul P. [signed in ink].” On the verso it reads: “Please sign this pass and present it for admittance only at Gower Street Studio Entrance.” With the Radio Pictures logo and the typed number “14”. Not signed by Mr. Starr. Tiny worn spot 1/8” to the bottom edge and with a trace of use. Jimmy Starr (1902 - 1990) is best known as a Hollywood columnist, though he was also a writer and actor, known for The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947), A Night for Crime (1943) and Pink Pajamas (1929). RKO Radio Pictures was a motion picture production and distribution company. The company was originally established in 1929 as Radio Pictures during the founding of Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corporation. In 1931 the company merged with Pathé, and was renamed RKO Radio Pictures in 1932. Some of the RKO films from 1932 Mr. Starr may have enjoyed include such popular productions as What Price Hollywood directed by George Cukor starring Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman and Westward Passage starring Ann Harding, Laurence Olivier, and Zasu Pitts. (Inventory #: 20932E)
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