I think I've harped on this so much that it's time to make this subject into its own thread and set the record straight, and I invite those of you to correct me if I am wrong. R & H initiated their own film distribution/production system when they planned to make the film versions of "Oklahoma!" and "South Pacific". Their company was called Magna Film Distribution, which is why these two films were made independent from the studio(s) that have distributed them in some form over the years. Magna themselves was responsible for the distribution of the original roadshow versions of the two films (which is why you see the Magna credit on some prints). Once "Oklahoma!" went into wide release, they enlisted RKO Radio Pictures to handle its distribution (we're talking about the 70MM Todd-AO version here). At that time, RKO was beginning to fold as a production/distribution unit. When the alternate CinemaScope version went into release, Magna/R&H licensed 20th Century Fox to distribute. As for "South Pacific", Magna too handled distribution of the original 70MM version, while Fox handled the 35MM release (when you saw either the Fox credit or the Goldwyn credit [we'll explain Goldwyn's part in all of this in a moment], you knew that this was a 35MM reduction print). "South Pacific" was originally released in a version longer than what you currently see in the general release version, and, as I understand, that longer roadshow version is under restoration at the moment. Now, to explain how CBS came into the picture...at the dawn of the home video era, CBS joined with MGM to create the venture MGM/CBS Home Video (though under license with the newly created CBS Video). The video rights to "SP" and "O!", purchased from the R & H estates, began with CBS under the old CBS Video company. Enter the Samuel Goldwyn Company, in the late 1980s, which purchased most of the R & H material produced independently. As it turned out, Goldwyn only reissued to theatres "O!", in both 70MM Todd-AO and 35MM CinemaScope versions. Because of the CBS deal, Goldwyn was unable to acquire the video rights, which is why you do not see Goldwyn's logo on the video boxes of recent video releases of "SP" and "O!". In 1996, the Goldwyn company was purchased by MGM, so now it is MGM that is responsible for the theatrical and television distribution of these films. Which brings us to the rights issues confusion. One of the R & H films in the MGM holdings is "Flower Drum Song", or at least in terms of theatrical and television distribution. Universal still holds the video rights, and also renewed its copyright, so technically speaking "FDS" is still a Universal Picture, if not on video. As for "South Pacific", its copyright was renewed not by the R & H estates, but by 20th Century-Fox. MGM also owns the rights to the 1965 television version of "Cinderella", even though (in another twist of irony) CBS owns the copyright. More confusion, folks...MGM was recently sold to a venture headed by Sony Pictures Entertainment...calling Grover Crisp! So why does Fox still own the video rights to "O!" and "SP"? Simple...as a result of the prior licensing deal with CBS, which is why you still see the CBS/Fox imprint on video releases of "SP" and "O!". All this, of course, is not counting the film versions of "State Fair", "Carousel", "The King And I" (the original live-action version, not the WB animated remake), and "The Sound Of Music", that was produced outright by Fox, and is therefore owned outright by Fox. Any questions, class?