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Sam Warner (I) (1887–1927)

Sam Warner could rightly be called "The Father of Talking Pictures". Of the four Warner brothers, Sam was the most in favor of using synchronized sound with movies. He was the driving force behind the studio's partnership with Western Electric to create Vitaphone. At first, he only wanted to use Vitaphone to provide music and sound effects. (This ... See full bio »

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 1923 Girl from the West (executive producer)
 1920 The Lost City (producer)
 1918 Kaiser's Finish (producer - as S.L. Warner)
 1912 Raiders of the Mexican Border (Short) (producer - uncredited)
 1912 Peril of the Plains (producer - uncredited)
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 1922 A Dangerous Adventure (screenplay)
 1919 Open Your Eyes (story - as S.L. Warner)
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 2007 The Brothers Warner (Documentary)
 1991 Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. (TV Movie documentary)
 1980 Hollywood (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 1943 The Voice That Thrilled the World (Short)
Himself (uncredited)

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 8 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

S.L. Warner | Samuel L. Warner

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Of all the Warners, Sam was the studio's driving force behind technological innovation, literally dragging his reluctant brothers into the future of film. Somewhat ironically, however, he never envisioned the Vitaphone process being used for dialog. By all accounts he saw it as a cost-saving device to theaters that would enable them to eliminate live orchestras (or, in rural theaters, a piano ... See more »


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