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Warner at War (2008)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  11 November 2008 (USA)
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Warner Bros. uses the movies to prepare the US for war and keep up morale on the home front during World War II.


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Documentary centering on how Warner Brothers studios made movies prior to, during and just after World War II; it touches on the history of the four Warner sons, and begins with brief information about some World War I movies' then it quickly goes through the 1920's and into film made during the depression, and focuses on 1939's Confessions of A Nazi Spy. Then, as the government requested, more propagandized films were churned out to life morale during the early days of the war. The documentary finishes up with Pride of the Marines, which helped prepare America for the homecomings of wounded vets, and mentions the ramifications of Mission to Moscow on the Warner Brothers, a film made on request of FDR to help convince Americans that an alliance with the Soviet Union was a good idea. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Routine documentary with lots of film clips narrated by Steven Spielberg...
27 November 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Apparently Jack Warner and his brothers were patriotic Americans and wanted everyone to know it, producing a series of films at Warner Bros. that put the spotlight on the American spirit.

The viewer is treated to a number of clips from famous early Warner films like LITTLE CESAR, 42nd STREET, I WAS A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG and FOOTLIGHT SERENADE (which was obviously endorsing Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency).

But their bravest foray into taking a stand against the threat of World War II was CONFESSIONS OF A NAZI SPY ('39), which told a compelling story about a man caught up in an espionage plot involving Nazis just shortly before America's involvement in WWII. It starred FRANCIS LEDERER as the spy and PAUL LUKAS as his Nazi mentor.

The documentary goes on to explain that Warner Bros. had many other films during the '40s with a war background, such as SERGEANT YORK, CASABLANCA, ACTION IN THE NORTH Atlantic, THIS IS THE ARMY, MISSION TO MOSCOW, DESTINATION TOKYO, EDGE OF DARKNESS, OBJECTIVE BURMA and PRIDE OF THE MARINES, all of which are represented by brief clips.

The commentary by Steven Spielberg is nothing special and overall the documentary is good but not great.

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