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The Brothers Warner (2007)

An intimate portrait and saga of four film pioneers--Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack who rose from immigrant poverty through personal tragedies persevering to create a major studio with a social conscience.

Director:

Cass Warner (as Cass Warner Sperling)

Writer:

Cass Warner (as Cass Warner Sperling)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Himself - Actor
Cass Warner ... Herself, Harry Warner's granddaughter, also narrator (as Cass Warner Sperling)
Bette-Ann Warner Bette-Ann Warner ... Herself (voice)
Harry M. Warner ... Himself (archive footage) (as Harry Warner)
Tab Hunter ... Himself
Norman Lear ... Himself - Producer
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Himself
Leo Braudy Leo Braudy ... Himself, film historian, University of Southern California
Nancy Snow Nancy Snow ... Herself , author and professor
Steven J. Ross Steven J. Ross ... Himself, history professor, University of Southern California (as Steven Ross)
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself (as Sam Goldwyn Jr.)
Benjamin Warner Benjamin Warner ... Himself (archive footage)
Betty Warner Sheinbaum Betty Warner Sheinbaum ... Herself, Harry Warner's daughter
Michael Birdwell Michael Birdwell ... Himself, historian
John Steel John Steel ... Himself, Albert Warner's grandson
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Storyline

Intimate portraits of brothers Albert Warner, Harry M. Warner, Jack L. Warner, and Sam Warner, the siblings who were close knit at the time of Warner Bros. Studios founding, but who later became estranged. This film, written and directed by Harry's granddaughter Cass, traces them from their humble, immigrant beginnings, to their breakthrough achievements, and their continuing imprint on American culture. This historic view of a family, and Hollywood's golden years offers invaluable and rare still photographs, classic film footage, and private access to relatives, friends, employees, and historians. Written by trivwhiz

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les frères Warner See more »

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Color:

Color | Black and White (film clips and archive photographs)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Steven J. Ross is credited two different ways on screen, first as "USC Film Professor," and second as "USC History Professor." See more »

Goofs

Cass Warner Sperling's commentary states that the 1927 film "The Jazz Singer," starring Al Jolson, grossed more than any movie made to that time and remained the all-time box-office champ until the release of "Gone With the Wind." It was actually Jolson's next film, "The Singing Fool," that set the box-office record that lasted until "Gone With the Wind." See more »

Connections

Features 8 Ball Bunny (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning
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Written and performed by Irving Berlin
From This Is the Army (1943)
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A fascinating look at four founders of the film industry
10 October 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Cass Warner, producer of this film, is actually the granddaughter of Harry Warner, one of the four original Warner Brothers. This documentary is not a retread of "You Must Remember This", the documentary which focused on the studio. This is the story of the four Warner Brothers themselves, starting back in the 19th century and their ventures into the entertainment industry that predate the forming of Warner Brothers the company by twenty years. It goes forward past the time that they exited the running of Warner Brothers the company and talks about the lives of the brothers themselves. Although Ms. Warner is a descendant, she doesn't get overly sentimental about her subject nor does she try to smooth over the real problems that the brothers had in their own private lives and with each other. The book by the same name has much more detail, of course, but this is still a very fascinating documentary for those interested in film history.


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