Living on Love

Living on Love (1937) is a feature film released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film is a remake of the RKO film Rafter Romance (1933).

Living on Love
Lobby card
Directed byLew Landers
Produced byMaury M. Cohen
Screenplay byFranklin Coen
Based onRafter Romance
1932 novel
by John K. Wells
StarringJames Dunn
Whitney Bourne
Joan Woodbury
Edited byHarry Marker
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • November 12, 1937 (1937-11-12)
CountryUnited States
Box office$135,000[1]



Preservation status

This is one of the "lost RKO films" owned by Merian C. Cooper and only re-released in April 2007 when Turner Classic Movies acquired the rights and showed all six films on TCM.

Cooper accused RKO of not paying him all the money contractually due for the films he produced in the 1930s. A settlement was reached in 1946, giving Cooper complete ownership of six RKO titles:

According to an interview with a retired RKO executive, shown as a promo on TCM, Cooper withdrew the films, only allowing them to be shown on television in 1955-1956 in New York City.

In 2006, Turner Classic Movies, which had acquired the rights to the six films after extensive legal negotiations, broadcast them on TCM in April 2007, their first full public exhibition in over 70 years. TCM, in association with the Library of Congress and the Brigham Young University Motion Picture Archive, had searched many film archives throughout the world to find copies of the films in order to create new 35mm prints.[2][3][4]


The film recorded a loss of $28,000 in its original release.[1]


  1. Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p57
  2. Fristoe, Roger. "Rafter Romance" (TCM article)
  3. Osborne, Robert. Turner Classic Movies broadcast on April 4 and 11, 2007.
  4. Eder, Bruce "Rafter Romance" (AMG review)
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