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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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Filmography

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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)
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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)
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 1991 Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. (TV Movie documentary)
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 1980 Hollywood (TV Mini-Series documentary)
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 1943 The Voice That Thrilled the World (Documentary short)
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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

S.L. Warner | Samuel L. Warner
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Personal Quote:

[on his suggestion of creating sound, so actors and actresses voices could be heard, to oldest brother Harry M. Warner and stop making silent movies] Harry M. Warner quickly replied back to Sam Warner with, Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? (almost as if in anger)

Trivia:

Sam's death resulted in the surviving 3 Warner brothers missing the premiere of The Jazz Singer (1927) (they were on a train headed to Los Angeles for the funeral), which would have been the greatest night of their professional lives. See more »

Trademark:

Father of Talking Films

Star Sign:

Leo

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