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The Brothers Warner Paperback – June 12, 2008
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I rate it 5 stars because the story and writing style paints an incredible picture of not just another "rags to riches" story but one of tragedy and great sacrifice leading to an enduring legend of the motion picture industry directly because of the "can do and make it go right" attitudes of the Warners.
From the family gold watch (later to be hocked in order to secure payment for the brothers first projector) placed in 1883 into the secret pocket of Benjamin Warner for his immigration to America into New York and the arrival of wife Pearl and children less than a year later, to a realization of a movie empire that had as its motto "Educate, entertain, and enlighten" which is a Hollywood legacy.
A must read for movie buffs and those interested in the beginnings of Hollywood. This is a book that has "all the right stuff" for the making of a fascinating mini-series as told by granddaughter Cass and others.
Shelley Abate, movie buff and avid reader.
What an amazing story. I loved learning about the first days of film, hearing about the family that had so much to do with the first films and learning the true story of how the Warner Bros. came to be! Captivating.
Like many families, the Warners had their roots in eastern Europe (presumably Poland, but let's face it.....boundaries in those countries changed all the time). Jewish and poor, they landed in this country with not much more than the clothes on their backs. Pulling together, they got by on a variety of low paying jobs until they pieced together enough money to buy a small movie theater/nickolodeon.
Because syndicates controlled what films were available to small operators, the Warners came up with their own solution: make movies. By the seats of their pants more than real money, the Warners managed to hold things together and stay one step ahead of their creditors. Unlike their counterparts who were larger, more prestigious, and financially solvent, the Warners had chutzpah and ideas. Throwing themselves into the idea of pioneering sound films when other studios viewed the move as insanity, their bet paid off with the release of Don Juan and The Jazz Singer. However, it was a move that was not without a cost. Brother Sam Warner died from a compromised immune system (among other things) on the cusp of the theatrical release of The Jazz Singer. The remaining brothers.....Harry, Al, and Jack carried on with the shared vision and became fabulously successful and Warner Brothers emerged as one of the premier Hollywood studios that was later categorized as having its own style.Read more ›
For anyone who has a dream and a family, this book is an inspiration and a lesson worth learning.
I can't reccomend this book, there are other more scholarly books on early Hollywood, and Los Angeles, if someone is interested read one of them, don't bother with this book.
This was probably one of the worst books I've ever read. It would never have been published if Harry Warner's grandaughter hadn't written it, although it's probably self- published which would explain a lot of the poor quality, errors, choppy writing style ( if one can even call it that, and that's being very kind) and generally very bad writing, laughable bad, this isn't a book to take seriously. I got rid of my copy immediately, it wasn't worth keeping, it said nothing, and nothing of value, I was expecting a scholarly, researched account, which could also in addition have had some family accounts, that would have been fine.
This book is so terrible and so badly written, that really one star is being far too kind. Too bad I couldn't have given it zero stars, or minus zero , but I gave the lowest rating I was able to do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very entertaining...much like a Warner Brothers' film. A bit prejudiced against Jack Warner but an essentially a family member's truthful retelling of the Brothers' fascinating... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Linda Prince
Well written. Insight into what an ugly persona Jack Warner had; success obviously isn't everything. He used, and "reviled" women, if not everyone except (?) D. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ROLEX
Cass gave a presentation about the brothers -- it was o kPublished 11 months ago by Isabelle Petrathelis
Loved the work. Really excellent insight to the world of HollywoodPublished 13 months ago by Jessica Sherr
The book is entertaining. I read it when it came out about 10 years ago and reread it free on Kindle Unlimited this weekend. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mary H
I really enjoyed reading this story. I love classic cinema, and it's nice to have the point of view of a family member. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kindle Customer