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"American Masters" You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (2008)

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Original Air Date:
May 2008 (Season 22, Episode 4)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Clint Eastwood ... Himself - Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Arliss ... Benjamin Disraeli / Montgomery Royle (archive footage: Disraeli [1929]) (also archive footage: The Man Who Played God [1932])

Carroll Baker ... Herself - Interviewee

John Barrymore ... Don Jose de Marana / Don Juan de Marana (archive footage: Don Juan [1926])
Jeanine Basinger ... Herself - Interviewee

Warner Baxter ... Julian Marsh (archive footage: 42nd Street [1933])

Warren Beatty ... Himself - Interviewee

Rudy Behlmer ... Himself - Interviewee

Andrew Bergman ... Himself - Interviewee

Busby Berkeley ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Eugenie Besserer ... Sara Rabinowitz (archive footage: The Jazz Singer [1927])

Joan Blondell ... Dot (archive footage: Central Park [1932])

Humphrey Bogart ... Harve (archive footage: Three on a Match [1932])

Ernest Borgnine ... Himself (archive footage)

Ray Bradbury ... Himself - Interviewee

Betty Bronson ... Grace (archive footage: The Singing Fool [1928])
Halbert Brown ... Ambassador James W. Gerard (archive footage: My Four Years in Germany [1918])

James Cagney ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

John Calley ... Himself - Interviewee
Charlotte Chandler ... Herself - Interviewee

George Clooney ... Himself - Interviewee
Donald Cook ... Mike Powers (archive footage: The Public Enemy [1931])
Richard Corliss ... Himself - Interviewee
Stanley Cortez ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Ernest Cossart ... Pa Monaghan (archive footage: Kings Row [1942])

Dolores Costello ... Esther Harper (archive footage: The Sea Beast [1926])

Joan Crawford ... (archive footage)

Frankie Darro ... Edward 'Eddie' Smith (archive footage: Wild Boys of the Road [1933])

Bette Davis ... Mary / Julie (archive footage: Marked Woman [1937]) (also archive footage: Jezebel [1938])

Olivia de Havilland ... Maid Marian / Hermia, In love with Lysander (archive footage: The Adventures of Robin Hood [1938]) (also archive footage: A Midsummer Night's Dream [1935])
Stanley Donen ... Himself - Interviewee

Josephine Dunn ... Molly Winton (archive footage: The Singing Fool [1928])

Ann Dvorak ... Vivian Revere Kirkwood (archive footage: Three on a Match [1932])
John Eldredge ... Gordon Heath (archive footage: Dangerous [1935])
Julius J. Epstein ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Glenda Farrell ... Marie (archive footage: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang [1932])

Errol Flynn ... Robin Hood / Wade Hatton (archive footage: The Adventures of Robin Hood [1938]) (also archive footage: Dodge City [1939])

Henry Fonda ... Preston Dillard (archive footage: Jezebel [1938])
Neal Gabler ... Himself - Interviewee
Gary Giddins ... Himself - Interviewee
Molly Haskell ... Herself - Interviewee

Howard Hawks ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Paul Henreid ... Jerry Durrance (archive footage: Now Voyager [1942])

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Arthur Hohl ... Ed Sipple (archive footage: Baby Face [1933])

William Holden ... Himself (archive footage)

Miriam Hopkins ... Millie Drake (archive footage: Old Acquaintance [1943])

Kim Hunter ... Herself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Allen Jenkins ... John 'Johnny' (archive footage: I've Got Your Number [1934])

Ben Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)

Al Jolson ... Jakie Rabinowitz / Al Stone (archive footage: The Jazz Singer [1927]) (also archive footage: The Singing Fool [1928])

Alex Karras ... Mongo (archive footage: Blazing Saddles [1974])

Elia Kazan ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Ruby Keeler ... Peggy Sawyer / Barbara Hemingway, aka Joan Grey (archive footage: 42nd Street [1933]) (also archive footage: Dames [1934])

Margot Kidder ... Herself - Interviewee

Patric Knowles ... Will Scarlett (archive footage: The Adventures of Robin Hood [1938])
Howard Koch ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Henry Kolker ... J.P. Carter (archive footage: Baby Face [1933])
Eric Lax ... Himself - Interviewee

Mervyn LeRoy ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Dorothy Mackaill ... Gilda Carlson, aka Gilda Erickson (archive footage: Safe in Hell [1931])

Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Interviewee
Giovanni Martinelli ... Canio in 'Pagliacci' (archive footage: Vesti la giubba [1926])
Paul McAllister ... Noah (archive footage: Noah's Ark [1928])

Paul Muni ... James Allen (archive footage: I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang [1932])

Jack Nicholson ... Himself - Interviewee

Pat O'Brien ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Warren Oates ... Himself (archive footage)

Warner Oland ... The Cantor (archive footage: The Jazz Singer [1927])
Susan Orlean ... Herself - Interviewee

Gregory Orr ... Interviewee

William T. Orr ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Eugene Pallette ... Joseph 'Joe' Flood (archive footage: I've Got Your Number [1934])

Arthur Penn ... Himself - Interviewee
Edwin Phillips ... Tommy Gordon (archive footage: Wild Boys of the Road [1933])

Frank Pierson ... Himself - Interviewee

Dick Powell ... Billy Lawler / James 'Jimmy' Higgens (archive footage: 42nd Street [1933]) (also archive footage: Dames [1934])
Peter Rainer ... Himself - Interviewee

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Robert Redford ... Himself - Interviewee

Christopher Reeve ... Superman (archive footage: Superman [1978])
Rin Tin Tin ... Lobo - Leader of the Wolf Pack (archive footage: Clash of the Wolves [1925])

Edward G. Robinson ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Ginger Rogers ... Fay (archive footage: Gold Diggers of 1933 [1933])

Andrew Sarris ... Himself - Interviewee

Martin Scorsese ... Himself - Interviewee
A.O. Scott ... Himself - Interviewee

Ann Sheridan ... Randy Monaghan (archive footage: Kings Row [1942])
Vincent Sherman ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Alexis Smith ... Herself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Steven Spielberg ... Himself - Interviewee

Barbara Stanwyck ... Lily Powers (archive footage: Baby Face [1933])
George Stoll ... Himself, Violinist (archive footage: The Jazzmania Quintette [1928]) (as Stoll Flynn & Company)
David Thomson ... Himself - Interviewee

Robert Towne ... Himself - Interviewee

Claire Trevor ... Herself - Interviewee (archive footage)

Stephen Tropiano ... Himself
Kenneth Turan ... Himself - Interviewee
Arthur Vinton ... Captain Joyce (archive footage: Heroes for Sale [1933])
Hal B. Wallis ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Raoul Walsh ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Jack Warner Jr. ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Minor Watson ... Sam Winters (archive footage: Kings Row [1942])

Joan Weldon ... Dr. Patricia 'Pat' Medford (archive footage: Them [1954])

William A. Wellman ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Warren William ... Raymond Harding (archive footage: Under 18 [1931])
Edward Woods ... Matt Doyle (archive footage: The Public Enemy [1931])

Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself - Interviewee

Billy Barty ... Baby in 'Pettin' in the Park' Number (archive footage: Gold Diggers of 1933 [1933]) (uncredited)

Mae Clarke ... Kitty (archive footage: The Public Enemy [1931]) (uncredited)
Maynard Holmes ... Pratt - Personnel Office (archive footage: Baby Face [1933]) (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Second Trial Judge (archive footage: Marked Woman [1937]) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard Schickel 
Writing credits
Richard Schickel (written by)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... executive producer
Douglas Freeman .... co-producer
Faith Ginsberg .... associate producer
Susan Lacy .... producer
Richard Schickel .... producer
Cass Warner .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Casey Cohen 
Cinematography by
Kris Denton 
Film Editing by
Faith Ginsberg 
Michael Van Buren 
Production Management
Bryan McKenzie .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Glenn Bates .... sound recordist (multiple segments)
Jean-Pierre Caner .... sound recordist (multiple segments)
Jessica Gaston .... sound assistant
Tara Paul .... sound re-recording mixer
Harry E. Snodgrass .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Carroll .... camera operator (episode)
Editorial Department
Terry Goins .... colorist (as Terry W. Goins)
Scott S. Parker .... on-line editor
Other crew
William Meny .... assistant to executive producer
Ike Stranathan .... film clip supervisor

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:228 min (long version)

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The original version, the short version, was broadcast on PBS in 2008, and ran ninety minutes in one episode. The later version, the long version, was broadcast on PBS in 2012, and ran two hundred twenty-eight minutes in (four) fifty-seven minute episodes.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Hard to shoe-horn everything about this studio into one documentary..., 17 October 2010
Author: calvinnme from United States

but I think it split the difference between being entertaining to those casually interested in film history and those that are professional students of such material.

I first saw this documentary on PBS, and it is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in film history and the history of the most successful entertainment empire today - Warner Brothers. It's much better than "Here's Looking At You", the documentary made in the 90's on the studio. For one, there is one consistent narrator - Clint Eastwood, rather than a series of personalities as there was in "Here's Looking at You". In "Here's Looking at You" it seems like these series of narrators are there to show themselves off rather than talk about studio history. Eastwood keeps the focus on the studio, its product, and its strategy.

Of course, as the studio moves into the era of special effects the documentary can't help but show off a little bit with some of their superhero and fantasy films, but I'll grant them that. Because so many of the directors that were around when Warners transformed from an upstart playing with sound to a major studio have passed on, they have interviews from the 60's and 70's with directors such as Mervin Le Roy talking about what it was like in the early days. Of course, there is a big focus on Jack Warner who turned out to be a much shrewder studio head than his nemesis Louis B. Mayer over at MGM. It shows how Warner made the decisions that got the studio through the depression, the war, and the competition of television.

I might have missed it, but I don't think the documentary talked too much about a very bad move that Jack Warner made that only the good fortune of the future managed to rectify. At one point Jack Warner sold the pre-1949 Warner film library to raise capital. Warner Bros. would today remain a studio with the finest part of its legacy no longer under its control had it not been for Ted Turner purchasing the RKO/pre-1949 WB/pre-1986 MGM film library in the 80's and then reuniting it under Warner Bros. control at the turn of the century when Ted Turner sold his interests in his cable network and film library back to Time-Warner. This is mentioned in "When the Lion Roared", the sister documentary on MGM, also recommended.

In conclusion, this is a very good documentary on the history of Warner Bros. and its lasting film legacy. Highly recommended.

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