Hollywood Be Thy Name : The Warner Brothers Story

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The real story of the Warner brothers has all the drama of a big screen production - a rags-to-riches tale with tension and strife between four brothers, love and marriage, death and divorce, plotting and betrayal. Harry, Sam, Albert, and Jack. Their father Ben insisted that by sticking together they could succeed and prosper. And stick together they did, until they were separated over the years by the death of one brother, and, ultimately, a shocking betrayal. Using family letters, interviews, and personal ...
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The real story of the Warner brothers has all the drama of a big screen production - a rags-to-riches tale with tension and strife between four brothers, love and marriage, death and divorce, plotting and betrayal. Harry, Sam, Albert, and Jack. Their father Ben insisted that by sticking together they could succeed and prosper. And stick together they did, until they were separated over the years by the death of one brother, and, ultimately, a shocking betrayal. Using family letters, interviews, and personal recollections, Cass Warner Sperling, granddaughter of Harry Warner, and co-author Cork Millner, along with Jack Warner Jr., have shaped a biography of the legendary Hollywood family. Interweaving cinematic style and present-tense voices of still-living family members and former Warner Brothers' associates, Hollywood Be Thy Name transports readers into the lives of Hollywood's most enduring legends.
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This book is what it claims to be: the lives of the brothers Warner from immigrant beginnings to fabulous wealth and the rise of Warner Brothers Pictures from a storefront theater to a massive empire. Sperling's name gives a clue to her insider status (she is Harry Warner's granddaughter). While she dutifully chronicles the deteriorating relationship between the brothers, for the most part the family dirt is kept under the rug. There are reports of deception both business and personal, with a few affairs thrown in for spice, but all in all these folks don't appear capable of amassing the power that they wielded. Family sentiment definitely clouds the picture. However, the book records an important part of Hollywood lore, and the ``Other Voices'' segments--personal remembrances of stars, studio employees, and family members--are a nice addition. Readers shouldn't expect an expose. A satisfactory addition to large film collections.-- Sherle Abramson, Williamsburg Regional Lib., Va.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780813109589
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    A Most Interesting Read for Movie Lovers

    This is a hard to put down book! I only learned about it because my husband and I just had a book publish unknowingly with the same headline title. Having worked at Warner Bros mainly through the 60s, I found all this background on the brothers extremely interesting and very well written. In fact, I couldn't put it down! I do believe the title of another chapter in their book would have made a better title for their book though: BUILDING THE DREAM, because that is what it really is all about. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in movies since their inception. I have read many books on the subject, and besides our newly published book - which is quite different from this one - this is the most enjoyable and informative one of all. Shirley Lawrence

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