Early Warner Brothers Studios, California (Images of America Series)

Early Warner Brothers Studios, California (Images of America Series)

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by E. J. Stephens, Marc Wanamaker
     
 

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Since 1928, Warner Bros. has produced thousands of beloved films and television shows at the studio's magical 110-acre film factory in Burbank. This collection of evocative images concentrates on the Warner Bros. legacy from the 1920s to the 1950s, when timeless classics such as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and East of Eden came to life. It also looks at WB's…  See more details below

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Since 1928, Warner Bros. has produced thousands of beloved films and television shows at the studio's magical 110-acre film factory in Burbank. This collection of evocative images concentrates on the Warner Bros. legacy from the 1920s to the 1950s, when timeless classics such as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and East of Eden came to life. It also looks at WB's earlier homes along Hollywood's "Poverty Row," the birthplace of Looney Tunes, and the site of WB's pioneering marriage between film and sound in the 1920s. Early Warner Bros. Studios also tells the tale of four brothers--Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner--scions of a Polish Jewish immigrant family who rose from the humblest of origins to become Hollywood moguls of enormous and lasting influence.

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Title: Local Historian Chronicles Warner Bros. Studio

Author: Juliana Menchaca

Publisher: KHTS-AM 1220 hometownstation.com

Date: 9/8/2010

Try to imagine Santa Clarita in 1935, before Awesometown, before traffic congested our cityÂ's streets, and even before the establishment of this city. Now imagine Charlie Chaplin waddling down Sierra Highway, holding hands with co-star Paulette Goddard of the last silent film ever made, Â"Modern Times.Â" Who would have known that Santa Clarita is home to the end of an era?

Writer, historian, and director at the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, E.J. Stephens describes Santa Clarita as a city with a colorful background in film and media. In fact, Stephens says Santa Clarita is, Â"Truly the Old West. This was the spot were thousands of westerns were filmed and portrayed to the rest of the world.Â"

Originally from Indiana, Stephens has been a resident of Santa Clarita for almost 7 years, through the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, he learned that Santa Clarita was a place of film history.

Always with an interest in the film industry, Stephens worked for more than 20 years at Warner Bros. Studios and on break time he would explore the sets and be absolutely fascinated by the rich history behind it. This fascination led Stephens to create a book that showcases just that, the history behind Warner Bros. Studios.

Â"I became pretty interested in the history of this studio. I felt like I knew the place and I had a pretty good handle on it,Â" said Stephens who teamed up with Marc Wanamaker to put evocative images of Warner Bros. Studios to detail the fiery history behind the studios, Â"When I came to write the book, I really didnÂ't know anything about the place.Â"

As his co-author, Wanamaker, brought out unique images from his notable repository, Bison Archives, Stephens would work to find out the history behind the old black and white photographs. The book which was released last month is titled Â"Images of America Early Warner Bros. StudiosÂ" and features more than 200 unique photos that focus on the legacy of the Warner Brothers and their studios, home to such classics as Â"CasablancaÂ" and Â"East of Eden.Â"

Stephens explained that behind the infamous Â"WBÂ" symbol is the fascinating tale of Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner, poor Polish immigrants who started early in the theater business and climbed the ladder to become iconic film industry moguls.

Trouble was constantly brewing between the brothers as the studioÂ's notoriety grew and eventually created a schism between them.

E.J. Stephens will be signing copies of his newly released book at the Barnes and Nobles Bookstore in Valencia at 2 pm, Saturday, September 11 at 2 PM.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738580913
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
07/27/2010
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
734,511
Product dimensions:
9.52(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.35(d)

Meet the Author


E.J. Stephens, a former WB Studios worker as well as newspaper columnist and film-series host, volunteers with his wife, Kim, a 22-year WB employee, as a docent for the Warner Bros. Museum. Film historian and consultant Marc Wanamaker, a founder of the Hollywood Heritage Museum, established Bison Archives in 1973, which is one of Southern California's most notable repositories of entertainment heritage.

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