Citizen Kane, Top Hat and King Kong among classic films now on iPlayer

Classic movies have arrived on iPlayer this week to entertain families in lockdown.

Viewers can watch the definitive monster movie King Kong, quintessential musical Top Hat and Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, still regarded by some as the greatest movie ever made.

Cinematic gems from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s feature in the selection of 23 films produced by RKO Pictures.

One of the big five studios of its time in Hollywood, RKO Pictures produced some of the most revered films in history, working with the biggest stars and directors. Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Orson Welles and John Ford produced some of their best-loved films at RKO.

The full list on iPlayer is:

Angel FaceBeautiful But DangerousBlackbeard, The PirateBringing Up BabyCarefreeCitizen KaneFort Apache (1948)King Kong (1933)Kitty FoyleLove Affair (1939)Magnificent AmbersonsMr Blandings Builds His DreamhouseMy Favourite WifeShe Wore a Yellow RibbonSuspicionThe Gay DivorceThe Miracle of the BellsThe Sky’s the LimitThe Spanish MainThe Velvet TouchTop HatVivacious LadyWagon Master

Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, said: “It’s exciting to bring this fantastic selection of classic movies from RKO Pictures to viewers on BBC iPlayer.

“Many people can now discover these inspiring pieces of cinema for the first time and will see some of Hollywood’s finest performances from its best-loved stars.

“This is the perfect complement to the classic TV series that we have recently added and together with our freshest shows, from Normal People to Killing Eve, it means that BBC iPlayer has more for you to choose from than ever before,” added Mr McGolpin.

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