RKO Radio Pictures of Italy

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


RKO Radio Films of Italy (aka Radio Pictures of Italy) was a division of RKO Radio Pictures targeted to releasing films for the Italian market.

1st Logo (1934-1959)

Visuals: Same as the 1929 RKO Radio Pictures logo, but the text either says "La Radio Pictures presenta" (1934-late 1930s) or "la RKO Radio Films presenta" (1940s-1959) in a slightly different font.


  • Depending on the film, it can be slightly toned in different colors, like in green commonly seen in the 1930s and in gray.
  • Starting in the 1940s, the text is smaller, and "presenta" is underneath the tower.

Technique: Live-action and cel animation.

Audio: Same as its American counterpart.

Availability: It was only seen on Italian prints of RKO Radio Pictures movies such as It Happened Tomorrow (alongside the next logo). The "Radio Pictures" version was seen on films like the Italian print of the once-lost film Deluge. It has also been spotted at the start of the 1955 Italian-Spanish co-production Revelation.

2nd Logo (October 1, 1946)

Visuals: Same as the 1929 RKO closing logo, but with the text "FINE" cheaply placed in front. Also, "FILMS" replaces "PICTURES".

Technique: A painting filmed by a cameraman.

Audio: The closing theme of the film.

Availability: Only seen on the closing of a Rai 1 airing of It Happened Tomorrow, with the previous logo. Its unknown if other films have this logo.

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