7.2/10
402
8 user 13 critic

The Brothers Warner (2007)

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.

Director:

Cass Warner (as Cass Warner Sperling)

Writer:

Cass Warner (as Cass Warner Sperling)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a gentlewoman is found dead with her throat torn out, the villagers blame a supernatural monster. But Sherlock Holmes, who gets drawn into the case from nearby Quebec, suspects a human murderer.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gerald Hamer
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The life of spoiled rich Robert Merrick is saved through the use of a hospital's only resuscitator, but because the medical device cannot be in two places at once, it results in the death ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Irene Dunne, Robert Taylor, Charles Butterworth
Alfie (1966)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An unrepentant ladies' man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro
Frenzy (1972)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt
An Inspector Calls (TV Movie 2015)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A mysterious Inspector investigates the wealthy Birling family and their dinner guests following the suicide of a young woman.

Director: Aisling Walsh
Stars: Sophie Rundle, Lucy Chappell, Miranda Richardson
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone
Zaza (1923)
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Zaza is an actress and the favorite at an open-air theater in a small French town. When diplomat Bernard Dufresne comes to the village, he stays away for fear he will fall for her. But when Zaza is badly injured, he has no choice.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Gloria Swanson, H.B. Warner, Ferdinand Gottschalk
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Himself - Actor
Cass Warner ... Herself, Harry Warner's granddaughter, also narrator (as Cass Warner Sperling)
Bette-Ann Warner Bette-Ann Warner ... Herself (voice)
Harry M. Warner ... Himself (archive footage) (as Harry Warner)
Tab Hunter ... Himself
Norman Lear ... Himself - Producer
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Himself
Leo Braudy Leo Braudy ... Himself, film historian, University of Southern California
Nancy Snow Nancy Snow ... Herself , author and professor
Steven J. Ross Steven J. Ross ... Himself, history professor, University of Southern California (as Steven Ross)
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Himself (as Sam Goldwyn Jr.)
Benjamin Warner Benjamin Warner ... Himself (archive footage)
Betty Warner Sheinbaum Betty Warner Sheinbaum ... Herself, Harry Warner's daughter
Michael Birdwell Michael Birdwell ... Himself, historian
John Steel John Steel ... Himself, Albert Warner's grandson
Edit

Storyline

Intimate portraits of brothers Albert Warner, Harry M. Warner, Jack L. Warner, and Sam Warner, the siblings who were close knit at the time of Warner Bros. Studios founding, but who later became estranged. This film, written and directed by Harry's granddaughter Cass, traces them from their humble, immigrant beginnings, to their breakthrough achievements, and their continuing imprint on American culture. This historic view of a family, and Hollywood's golden years offers invaluable and rare still photographs, classic film footage, and private access to relatives, friends, employees, and historians. Written by trivwhiz

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les frères Warner See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color | Black and White (film clips and archive photographs)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Johanna Blakey is credited two different ways on screen, first as "Johanna Blakey," and second as "Johanna Blakley." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Features A Wild Hare (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! That We Two Were Maying
(uncredited)
Music by Ethelbert Nevin
Lyrics by Charles Kingsley
Played during the dawn of sound segment
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Just the sort of film I like...but unfortunately a bit too short.
20 March 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This documentary is about the Warner Brothers and their studio. However, unlike other documentaries about film studios, this was more like a home movie in many ways--with one of the granddaughters of the original Warner Brothers narrating and talking with some family members about their recollections (in addition to all the film historians who comment). This gives it a rather intimate feel but also made you wonder how objective the production was. For example, I often find that autobiographies are FAR less interesting than biographies because they tend to tell the tale from a far from neutral point of view. Now I am NOT saying this film does this exactly. There is quite a bit of dirt in the film about the animosity between Jack and Harry--making Harry sound like a swell guy and Jack akin to Satan. But I did wonder about the film at times--especially concerning Harry Warner's adoption of his niece, Lina. What would a neutral party say about all this?

There were a lot of neat facts about the studio. I loved learning how the KKK sued Warner for their depiction in "Black Legion"! Or, how the studio was the first to refuse to sell movies in Germany and made the first anti-Nazi film from Hollywood--even when the nation was firmly in the isolationist camp. Interestingly, the film really didn't focus so much on the stars of the day--but more on the day to day behind the scenes events. I liked this, as if you want to see more about Cagney or Bette Davis, a documentary about them would make a lot more sense.

Overall, this is the sort of film that movie lovers like myself love--especially those who adore Hollywood during the classic years of the 1920s-40s. Fascinating--as it's filled with wonderful little stories and facts that film buffs will love. My only real problem with the film is that there is just too much material for a film that's just a bit over 90 minutes long. A mini-series would really due more justice to the history of this amazing studio.

Oddly, while the documentary was filled with a lot of film clips, some of them were of pretty poor quality--particularly the grainy and washed out one from "Giant". I am really not sure why this was the case.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed