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Here's Looking At You, Warner Bros.: The History of the Warner Bros. Studios (1991)

Sam Warner , Robert Guenette  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Warner
  • Directors: Robert Guenette
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00025IKPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable light documentary March 1, 2007
This documentary presents the story of Warner Brothers in a somewhat nonlinear fashion. While going through the history of the brothers and the studio in a chronological order, it periodically interrupts the historical flow to bring us clips from and stories about more current stars and films. The four brothers who founded the studio (Albert [Abe], Sam, Harry, and Jack) really had a classic rags to riches story, building this studio from the ground up, and continued to fund it and push on with the business even when things weren't going so good because they so believed that they would eventually make it and stay on top. All of their hard effort wound up paying off in a big way, since they created the Vitaphone recording technology that introduced the public to the first practicable films that had sound. In addition to teaching the movies to talk, they also had a huge roster of stars over the years, people such as John Barrymore, Rin-Tin-Tin, John Wayne, Bette Davis, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Lauren Bacall, James Dean, Olivia de Havilland, Ruby Keeler, Natalie Wood, Jane Fonda, and Edward G. Robinson. It's pointed out that they gave some of these actors a chance to really shine, and that at a studio like MGM or Paramount people like Cagney, Bogart, or Robinson wouldn't have even been considered because they didn't have the typical looks or voices of leading men. They also let a few actors who later became big stars get away, such as Clark Gable and Lana Turner. WB proved that it was just as good as a bigger-name studio like MGM by producing so many great films and having so many great stars over the years, as well as how they became synonymous with gangster films and musicals (particularly by Busby Berkeley) in the Thirties, not to mention the Looney Toons. Read more ›
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The house that Jack (and Harry, Sam and Albert) built January 7, 2009
The made-for-TV special, HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU, WARNER BROS. (1991) is a superb two-hour (108 minutes, if you subtract commericials) retrospective that features "more stars than there are in heaven" (to borrow a phrase from MGM).

Besides the expected classic movie highlights, there's clips from the silent era studio, excerpts of rare star interviews, and screen tests of Lana Turner, Orson Welles, a soft-spoken Marlon Brando, Paul Newman with James Dean (East of Eden). There's also footage of an off-key Ruby Keeler.

Hosted by Clint Eastwood, with segments headed by Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Barbra Streisand.

Here's who appears in this tribute to one of the all-time great studios:

Humphrey Bogart
Marlon Brando
James Cagney
Chevy Chase
Bette Davis
Clint Eastwood
Clark Gable
Goldie Hawn
Audrey Hepburn
Ruby Keeler
George Lucas
Paul Newman
Robert Redford
Steven Spielberg
Barbra Streisand
Elizabeth Taylor
Lana Turner
Albert Warner (studio co-founder)
Harry M. Warner
Jack L. Warner
Sam Warner
John Wayne
Orson Welles
Natalie Wood
Richard D. Zanuck
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The reason is because the newer one (You Must Remember This) is 5 hours compared to this one, which is about 2 hours, and everything of interest on You Must Remember This is found on The Brothers Warner or on this one (Here's Looking at You, Warner Brothers). You get as much out of this one as you do from You Must Remember This, but with half the hours invested. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because even though it's shorter, it still includes a few movie scenes of awfully graphic material when showing movies from the late 60s onward. That's a big turn-off. But it's a lot better than You Must Remember This because it doesn't put you through SEVERAL HOURS of it!!

NOTE: This documentary is included in the Warner Legends collection that has The Adventures of Robin Hood, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For a short documentary it is very good. March 1, 2012
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Tells you most everything you would want to know about Warners history short in length compared to MGMs When the Lion Roars dvd. On this one it was made before many of the older films were remastered so dont expect great clip picture quality.
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