Stingaree (1934 Film) - Preservation Status and Release On Home Video

Preservation Status and Release On Home Video

In 1946, Stingaree, in addition to several other films, were sold out of the RKO library to producer Merian C. Cooper. On 4 April and 11 April 2007, Turner Classic Movies premiered films produced by Cooper at RKO but out of distribution for more than 50 years.

According to TCM host Robert Osborne, Cooper agreed to a legal settlement with RKO in 1946, after accusing RKO of not giving him all the money due him from his RKO producer's contract in the 1930s. The settlement gave Cooper complete ownership of several RKO titles, including Rafter Romance (1933) with Ginger Rogers, Double Harness (1933), The Right to Romance (1933), One Man's Journey (1933) with Lionel Barrymore, Living on Love (1937), and A Man to Remember (1938). According to an interview with a retired RKO executive, used as a promo on TCM for the premiere, Cooper allowed these films to be shown in 1955-1956 in a limited re-release and only in New York City.

Turner Entertainment purchased the rights to Stingaree, Turner Classic Movies remastered and released the films on DVD as part of their Lost RKO Collection. Until the rights were purchased by Turner and released on DVD, Stingaree had not been seen since a single television viewing in the late 1950s.

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