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- A Tribute to 'Warner Brothers'
Description: As part of our Tribute to Warner Brothers, we are showing The Jazz Singer (1927), with Cass Warner, the grand daughter of Harry M. Warner in person, with her own documentary The Brothers Warner.
Warner Brothers, one of Hollywood's most famous studios, was founded in 1923 by four actual brothers: Jack, Sam, Harry & Albert Warner. The siblings never seemed to get along with each other, but Warner Bros Studios managed to produce some of the most memorable movies in the history of Hollywood, including the world's first "talkie" with Al Jolson, "The Jazz Singer" (1927), "The Adventures Robin Hood" (1938), "Casablanca" (1942), "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942), "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), "Deliverance" (1972), "The Exorcist" (1973), "Chariots of Fire" (1981), "Body Heat" (1981), and the current string of "Batman" films.
The four founding Warner brothers, Harry Warner (1881-1958), Albert Warner (1883-1967), Sam Warner (1887-1927) and Jack L. Warner (1892-1978). The three elder brothers began in the exhibition business in 1903, having acquired a projector with which they showed films in the mining towns of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Within a few years this led to the distribution of pictures across a four-state area. By the time of World War I they had begun producing films, and in 1918 the brothers opened the Warner Brothers Studio on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Sam and Jack Warner produced the pictures, while Harry and Albert handled finance and distribution in New York.
The first Warner Bros Studio (where they made "The Jazz Singer") was located in Hollywood, on Sunset Boulevard, in what is now KTLA Television studios. In 1928, with the success of that famous Al Jolson talkie, Warners moved to this 110-acre Burbank lot, in the east San Fernando Valley, and it has been their home now for 70 years.
Photo: WB, circa 1928.
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