1926-1927 1927-1928 1928-1929 1929-1930 1930-1931 1931-1932 1932-1933 1933-1934 1934-1935 1935-1936 1936-1937 1937-1938 1938-1939
26 Alice Comics (1rl) 12 H. C. Witwer Beauty Parlor Series (2rl) 12 Barney Google Comedies (2rl) - - - - - - - - - -
12 Bill Grimm's Progress (2rl) 12 Karnival Komedies (2rl) 26 Curiosities (1rl)
26 Krazy Kat Cartoons (1rl) 12 Mickey McGuire Comedies (2rl) 12 Mickey McGuire Comedies (2rl)
12 Standard Comedies (2rl) 24 Newslaffs by Bill Nolan (1rl) 12 Racing Blood Adventures (2rl)
12 Whirlwind Comedies (Charley Bowers) (2rl) 12 Standard Fat Men Comedies (2rl) 12 Toots and Casper Comedies (2rl)
12 Wisecrackers (2rl)


One of the “little five” studios of silent-era Hollywood, Film Booking Office began life as the Robertson-Cole production-distribution outfit, founded by Harry Robertson and Rufus Cole in 1918. In 1922, R-C’s distribution wing was reorganized as Film Booking Offices of America, which had become the primary identity – and name – of the organization when it was purchased by Boston financier Joseph P. Kennedy in 1926. With an emphasis on cheap genre films (including a popular series of westerns starring Fred Thomson and his horse Silver King) as well as occasional prestige pictures (under the Gold Bond moniker), FBO also distributed a number of inventive short-subject series from the mid- to late 1920s. It was through FBO, for instance, that Charley Bowers’s surreal live-action/stop-motion hybrids were first distributed; and it was FBO that picked up Walt Disney’s Alice films (which similarly combined live-action and animation techniques) when Disney’s distribution deal with Winkler Pictures was terminated. During the mid-1920s, FBO also distributed the comedies of independent producer Joe Rock, including a series of twelve Stan Laurel solo shorts (1924-1925) and the Ton of Fun series starring heavyweight comedians Hilliard “Fat” Karr, Kewpie Ross, and Frank “Fatty” Alexander (1925-1927). In October 1928, FBO was purchased by Radio Corporation of America, which merged the outfit with the Keith-Albee-Orpheum theater chain to create RKO (Radio-Keith-Orpheum).