Promoted as the studio's most extravagant production to date, it was to be photographed entirely in Technicolor.
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The business was formed after the Keith-Albee-Orpheum (KAO) theater chain 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.
and Fox, Hollywood's other vanguard sound studio, were already financially and technologically aligned with ERPI, a subsidiary of AT&T's Western Electric division.
The industry's two largest companies, Paramount and Loew's/MGM, with two other major studios, Universal and First National, were poised to contract with ERPI for sound conversion as well.
The original RKO Pictures ceased production in 1957 and was effectively dissolved two years later.