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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Dennis Hopper ... Himself - Actor

Sherry Lansing ... Herself - Former President, Paramount Pictures

Debbie Reynolds ... Herself - Actor

Haskell Wexler ... Himself - Filmmaker

Norman Lear ... Himself - Producer

George Segal ... Himself - Actor

Angie Dickinson ... Herself - Actor

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself - Film Producer

Tab Hunter ... Himself - Actor

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Himself - Actor

Frank Pierson ... Himself

Robert Greenwald ... Himself - Filmmaker
Betty Warner Sheinbaum ... Herself - Harry's daughter, Mother of Cass
Michael Birdwell ... Himself - Historian (as Dr. Michael Birdwell)
Steven J. Ross ... Himself - USC Film Professor / USC History Professor
Stephen Farber ... Himself - Film Historian / Author
Johanna Blakey ... Herself - Entertainment Researcher at The Norman Lear Center (as Johanna Blakey PhD)
Nancy Snow ... Herself - Author / Professor
Leo Braudy ... Himself - USC Film Historian
Lois McGrew ... Herself - Harry's former Secretary
John Steel ... Himself - Albert's Grandson
Lita Heller ... Herself - Sam's daughter
Eddie Bockser ... Himself - 55 Year Warner Bros. Employee
Harry M. Warner ... Himself (archive sound) (also archive footage)
Albert Warner ... Himself (archive footage)
Sam Warner ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack L. Warner ... Himself (archive footage) (as Jack Warner Snr.)
Jack Warner Jr. ... Himself (also archive footage) (archive sound)
Bette-Ann Warner ... Herself (voice)

Jim Meskimen ... Himself (voice)

Cass Warner ... Herself - Host / Narrator (as Cass Warner Sperling)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lina Basquette ... Herself - Sam's wife (also archive footage)

Joan Crawford ... Herself (archive footage)

Roy Edward Disney ... Himself (as Roy Disney Jr.)
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself (archive footage)

Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage)
Benjamin Warner ... Himself (archive footage)
Lewis Warner ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Cass Warner  (as Cass Warner Sperling)
Writing credits
Cass Warner  (as Cass Warner Sperling)

Produced by
Eliza Steel .... associate producer
Cass Warner .... producer
Original Music by
David Campbell 
Cinematography by
Arlene Nelson (director of photography) (as Arlene Donnelly Nelson)
Film Editing by
Kate Amend 
Stephan Malik (co-editor)
Production Management
A.J. Ullman .... post-production supervisor (as AJ Ullman)
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Doug Ball .... sound
Alan Barker .... sound
Rick Brush .... sound
D.W. Ferranti .... sound (as Dan Ferranti)
Wes Kobernick .... sound engineer
Anthony Krajchir .... sound engineer
John Lusitana .... sound (as John Lusitiana)
Steven Romero Jr. .... dialogue editor
Steven Romero Jr. .... sound re-recording
Camera and Electrical Department
Joan Churchill .... additional cinematographer
Shana Hagan .... additional cinematographer
Larry Malloy .... additional cinematographer
Gay Ribisi .... still photographer
Massimo Zeri .... additional cinematographer
Animation Department
Brad Burkhart .... animator
Brad Burkhart .... digital artist
Daniel E. Smith .... animator
Daniel E. Smith .... digital artist
Editorial Department
James Betteridge .... graphics
Joseph K. Chen .... editorial assistant
Luke Guidici .... on-line editor
Nate Holbrook .... editorial assistant
Mindy Johnson .... post-production coordinator
John Sellars .... color correction
Drew Vaeth .... editorial assistant
Music Department
Tom Brechtlin .... musician: drummer
David Campbell .... music leader
David Campbell .... musical arrangements
David Campbell .... orchestrator
Steve Churchyard .... music mixer
Larry Corbett .... musician: principal cello
Rose Corrigan .... musician: bassoon
Mario De Leon .... musician: violin
Earl Dumler .... musician: oboe (as Earle Dumler)
Dan Fornero .... musician: trumpet
Matt Funes .... musician: viola
Armen Garabedian .... musician: violin
Gary Gray .... musician: clarinet
Alan Grunfeld .... musician: violin
Ali Helnwein .... assistant to composer
Alyssa Park .... musician: concert mistress
Vladimir Polimatidi .... musician: violin
Shanti D. Randall .... musician: principal viola (as Shanti Randall)
Bettie Ross .... musician: pianist
Rick Shaw .... musician: bass cello
Bobby Shulgold .... musician: flute (as Robert Shulgold)
Buck Snow .... music mixer
Audrey Solomon .... musician: violin
Rudy Stein .... musician: cello
Philip Vaiman .... musician: violin
John Wittenberg .... musician: violin
Other crew
Laurie Alexander .... production assistant
Benny Blocc .... intern
Andrew Bloch .... voice coach (as Andy Bloch)
Amy K. Bostrom .... production assistant (as Amy Bostrom)
Rebecca E. Bozzo .... production assistant (as Rebecca Bozzo)
Jacob Burack .... production assistant
Kathleen Bush .... intern
Rebecca Cebulsky .... production assistant (as Rebecca Cebulski)
Ruili Chen .... production accountant
Crystal Cupp .... production assistant
Andrew Cybulska .... transcriber
Joanne Dorn .... production accountant
Eric Elder .... intern
Brian Elkins .... intern
Brian Elkins .... transcriber
Dave Emmendorfer .... production assistant
Barry Ennis .... clearances
Barry Ennis .... researcher
Josh Franer .... intern
Josh Franer .... production assistant
Barbara Gregson .... clearances
Barbara Gregson .... researcher
Molly Hahn .... intern
Mark Jonathan Harris .... story consultant
Julie Heath .... clearances
Julie Heath .... researcher
Stacy Lander .... production assistant
Emily Moore .... production assistant
Eric R. Negandank .... intern
Stephan S. Placial .... production assistant
Stephen S. Placial .... intern
Diego Robles .... production assistant
Tiffany Roohani .... production assistant
Shane Scrimager .... production assistant
Mollie Sheridan .... intern
Diana Siegel .... intern
Kristen Renee Smith .... production assistant (as Kristen Smith)
Amy Willoughby .... intern (as Amy L. Willoughby)
Ted Adams .... special thanks: for his loving support
Glenn Aveni .... special thanks
Lucia Bay .... special thanks
Doug Blake .... special thanks
Sean Burke .... special thanks
Vivian Byrne .... special thanks
David Charmatz .... special thanks
Deborah Chenoweth .... special thanks (as Debbie Chenoweth)
Ned Comstock .... special thanks
Jean Dale .... special thanks
Randall P. Dark .... special thanks
Johanna Demetrakas .... special thanks
Ray Erlenborn .... special thanks
Katie Flint .... special thanks
Nathan Gardels .... special thanks
Benjamin Goldhirsh .... special thanks
Lee Guttman .... special thanks
Jim Hardy .... special thanks
Jesse Haskell .... special thanks
Cole Hauser .... special thanks
Salome Heusel .... special thanks
David Holmes .... special thanks
Elizabeth Kanski .... special thanks
Chris Larsen .... special thanks
Karen Lavender .... special thanks
Robert Lopez .... special thanks
Dick Mason .... special thanks
Mike Medavoy .... special thanks
Monica Melsbury .... special thanks
Gordon Morris .... special thanks (as Gordy Morris)
Marissa O'Neal .... special thanks
Paula Paiewonsky .... special thanks
Bernard Percy .... special thanks
Roberta Perry .... special thanks
Howard Prouty .... special thanks
Lee Purcell .... special thanks
Lucia Ribisi .... special thanks
Brad Roberts .... special thanks
Eddie Schmidt .... special thanks
Terry Semel .... special thanks
Betty Warner Sheinbaum .... special thanks
Stanley K. Sheinbaum .... special thanks
Analee Simon .... special thanks
Daniel Smith .... special thanks
Morgan Spurlock .... special thanks
Bunny Steel .... special thanks
John Steel .... special thanks
Kitty Steel .... special thanks
Alicia Tunberg .... special thanks
Virginia Vincent .... special thanks
Debbie Walch .... special thanks
Jay Walch .... special thanks
Leslie Ward .... special thanks
Ralph Woolsey .... special thanks

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Additional Details

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USA:90 min
Color | Black and White (film clips and archive photographs)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Johanna Blakey is credited two different ways on screen, first as "Johanna Blakey," and second as "Johanna Blakley."See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A member of the Warner family looks into the history of Warner Bros., 10 March 2010
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Cass Warner Sperling, granddaughter of Harry Warner, took on the subject of Warner Brothers Studio and the brothers behind it and has made an excellent documentary. She goes into the history of the family, from its emigration from Russia, the kinds of jobs they could get, and the family finally entering the nickelodeon business. Sperling tells the story with a lot of warmth and a nice lack of formality.

The brothers were as different as any four people could be - the outlandish Jack, the good businessman Harry, the kind-hearted Sam, and the quiet Albert - but the main characters are Jack and Harry.

Naturally, since this is done by a family member, the emphasis is on the positive aspects of the studio - the risk-taking to get into sound, the tough social topics the studio tackled, their work against Naziism before World War II, and their wartime contributions. The difficulties with Sam Warner's widow, Lina Basquette, are soft-pedaled. It is noted that Sam's and Lina's child was taken from her and raised by the Warners. If that strikes people as odd, it's because it's not mentioned how much power and influence the family wielded against an actress. What also isn't mentioned is that the Warners had Lina blacklisted, and she never met her daughter until she reached adulthood.

Another thing left out is exactly how Sam Warner acquired Vitaphone, but it's possible that Cass Warner doesn't know the story. The anti-Semitism was rampant in Hollywood in the '20s, and in fact, Joseph Kennedy was one of the people determined to get the Jews out of the film-making business. Therefore, when Sam, who was a big redheaded guy, went to meet the Vitaphone people, he asked Lina to wear her Catholic cross. Unaware that Sam was Jewish, Warner Brothers was able to acquire Vitaphone.

No words are minced regarding Jack's ultimate betrayal of brother Harry and his whole family, a very shocking and sad page in the family scrapbook.

Some of the people interviewed include Lina Basquette, George Segal, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Debbie Reynolds, Roy Disney, Sherry Lansing, film historian Jeanine Basinger, Dennis Hopper, Tab Hunter, and ex-staff members at Warner Brothers - all very good and insightful.

Jack Warner used to call Raoul Walsh into his office and moan to him that he needed him to direct a film. Who's in it? Walsh would ask, and Warner would answer, "some bum." That's probably what he thought of his actors in general; unfortunately, he seemed to view his family the same way. A fascinating story and highly recommended.

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