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Behind the scenes at the legendary Warner Brothers film studio, where four immigrant brothers transformed themselves into the moguls and masters of American fantasy

Warner Bros charts the rise of an unpromising film studio from its shaky beginnings in the early 20th century through its ascent to the pinnacle of Hollywood influence and popularity. The Warner Brothers - Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack - arrived in America as unschooled Jewish immigrants, yet they founded a studio that became the smartest, toughest, and most radical in all of Hollywood. David Thomson provides fascinating and original interpretations of Warner Brothers pictures from the pioneering talkie The Jazz Singer through black-and-white musicals, gangster movies, and such dramatic romances as Casablanca, East of Eden, and Bonnie and Clyde. He recounts the storied exploits of the studio's larger-than-life stars, among them Al Jolson, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Doris Day, and Bugs Bunny. The Warner brothers' cultural impact was so profound, Thomson writes, that their studio became "one of the enterprises that helped us see there might be an American dream out there".

©2017 David Thomson (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Amazing.

Amazing. So hugely insightful. And touching and funny. Made me want to watch all those old movies again!

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  • 21-12-18

The late fifties, early sixties.

David Thomson presents so many backstories of the brothers and the studio; however, when he got to the issue of W T Orr, he made an error saying that when Orr was head of the TV division, he produced Route 66 which he never did. I assume he meant 77 Sunset Strip. I do believe the TV division helped keep them afloat in those stuggling times and actors like James Garner and Troy Donahue also kept the studio from going under completely. I just wished he emphasized more about that.

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