Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

Warner  Bros.  Pictures


Movie Studios Page

Minor & Historic Studios Page

History of Cinema Page
History of Radio & TV Pages

Industry Page
Reference & Technical Page
Film Businesses Page

            color postcard of the First National / Warner Bros. Studios lot in Burbank, California (looking southeastward)            short history

books about Warner Bros.
movies about Warner Bros.

major divisions
Vitaphone Sound
studio facilities

film & music library

moguls & execs

links

“I don't see what Jack Warner can do with an Oscar - it can't say yes.”
— Al Jolson


        Three brothers from Poland - Harry & Albert & Sam Warner - began exhibiting motion pictures in towns across Pennsylvania & Ohio in 1903; in 1904, they incorporated the Duquesne Amusement & Supply Co. in Pittsburgh; by 1918, they were producing silent films and had opened a studio on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California; Sam & youngest brother Jack produced while Harry & Albert ran the business side; formally incorporated as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. in 1923; bought New York studio & distributor Vitagraph in 1925; bought the Vitaphone sound-on-disk process from Western Electric in 1925; bought the Stanley Co. theater chain in 1928, which included a stake in First National Pictures.
        Warner merged with First National in 1930 and moved to the latter's studio lot in Burbank; Technicolor musicals thrived for a while, then gritty gangster films, then historical dramas, then Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies cartoons; Jack Warner helped organize the U.S. Army's First Motion Picture Unit during World War II; Jack (secretly) brought in bankers to buy out his brothers' interest, which poisoned family relations; the studio successfully moved into television production and launched the Warner Records division [1958]; the aging Jack sold the movie & record business in 1967 to Seven Arts, which sold in two years to the Jersey mob-connected Kinney National Co.
        New studio head Ted Ashley signed major stars – Paul Newman & Barbra Streisand [First Artists], Robert Redford, John Wayne [Batjac], and Clint Eastwood [Malpaso] – and invested in non-movie businesses such as theme parks and video-gamer Atari; a studio management joint venture formed with Columbia Pictures in 1972 {'The Burbank Studios' or T.B.S.) was phased out circa 1987.
        The surprise merger with Time, Inc. in 1989 was then the biggest merger in history; in 1995, Warner and Tribune Broadcasting of Chicago launched the W.B. Network, aimed at teens; the 2000 takeover of conglomerate Time-Warner by internet monster A.O.L. was very bumpy; in 2006, Warner and C.B.S. agreed to shut down U.P.N. & The W.B. and jointly launch the C.W. cable network. Warner announced in May 2008 that it was closing Picturehouse and Warner Independent Pictures. Time-Warner announced in May 2009 that it was spinning off all A.O.L. assets, which was completed in December.

official Warner Bros. website
official Warner Bros. Company Info page
Warner Bros. Company History page

Warner Bros. entry at Wikipedia


Books About Warner Bros. Studios

Warner Brothers Studio  "Warner Brothers: A History of The Studio - Its Pictures, Stars & Personalities" [1975]
by Charles Higham

Scribner 9½x6 hardcover [1/75] out of print/used
really bad image of cover of Here's Looking At You, Kid / Fifty Years At Warner Brothers book by James R. Silke   "Here's Looking At You, Kid: Fifty Years of Fighting, Working and Dreaming At Warner Brothers" [1976] by James R. Silke
Little, Brown hardcover [9/76] out of print/used
Warner Brothers / Crazy Wonderful Years  "Those Crazy Wonderful Years: When We Ran Warner Brothers" [1983]
by Stuart Jerome

Lyle Stuart 9¼x6¼ hardcover [5/83] out of print/used

"The Warner Brothers" [1983] by Michael Freedland
St. Martins Press hardcover [12/83] out of print/used

Warner Bros Story book by Clive Hirschhorn  "The Warner Bros. Story: The Complete History of The Great Hollywood Studio" [1987] by Clive Hirschhorn
Random House Value 12½x9¼ hardcover [1/87] out of print/many used
Women of Warner Brothers book by Daniel Bubbeo  "The Women of Warner Brothers: The Lives and Careers of 15 Leading Ladies With Filmographies For Each" [2001] by Daniel Bubbeo
The lives & careers of fifteen Warner Brothers screen legends: Joan Blondell, Nancy Coleman, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Glenda Farrell, Kay Francis, Ruby Keeler, Andrea King, Priscilla Lane, Joan Leslie, Ida Lupino, Eleanor Parker, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith & Jane Wyman
McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [10/2001] for $39.95
You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story book by Richard Schickel  "You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story" [2008]
by Richard Schickel & George Perry

Running Press 11½x10 bargain price hardcover [9/2008] out of print/used
Running Press 11½x10 hardcover [9/2008] for $35.00
basis for the 5-part TV documentary project narrated by Clint Eastwood
Warner Home Video color DVD [4/2009] 2 disks for $26.99
Images of America Early Warner Bros. Studios book by E.J. Stephens & Marc Wanamaker  
"Early Warner Bros. Studios (Images of America)" [2010]
by E.J. Stephens & Marc Wanamaker

Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [7/2010] for $14.95


Movies About Warner Bros. Studios

Warner Bros. History videos from Fred in Quebec, Canada
watch 3-minute Part I at YouTube
watch 5-minute Part II at YouTube

Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. 1991 documentary  
"Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros." documentary [Turner/WB-TV 1991]
108-minute docufilm directed by Robert Guenette; hosted by Chevy Chase, Clint Eastwood, Goldie Hawn & Barbra Streisand
Warner Home Video color/b&w DVD [2003] out of prodn/used
Warner Home Video color/b&w VHS [3/93] for $8.68
full credits at IMDb
You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story docufilm by Richard Schickel  "You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story" [Warner Bros. Sept 2008]
5-part TV documentary co-produced, written & directed by Richard Schickel; exec produced & narrated by Clint Eastwood
Warner Home Video color DVD [4/2009] 2 disks for $26.99
full credits at IMDb
companion book "You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story" [2008]
by Richard Richard Schickel & George Perry

Running Press 11½x10 bargain price hardcover [9/2008] out of print/used
Running Press 11½x10 hardcover [9/2008] for $34.56

"Warner At War" TV documentary [video release Nov 2008]
47-minute docufilm co-produced, written & directed by Constantine Nasr; narrated by Steven Spielberg; with archive footage of
Jack Benny, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill, Bette Davis, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Errol Flynn,
John Garfield, Josef Goebbels, Cary Grant, Adolf Hitler, Walter Huston, Ronald Reagan, Roy Rogers, Franklin Delano Roosevelt,
Joseph Stalin, Barbara Stanwyck, James Stewart, and Jack L. Warner • full credits at IMDb
available on the "Warner Homefront Collection" DVD box set [2008] with three feature films
Warner Home Video DVD set [11/2008] 3 disks for $15.81



Warner Bros. Film & Music Library

Magic Lantern's "Casablanca" [Warner Bros. 1942] Movie Page

Warners Wiseguys / Robinson, Cagney & Bogart  "Warners Wiseguys: All 112 Films That Robinson, Cagney
& Bogart Made For The Studio" [2007]
by Scott Allen Nollen

McFarland & Co. 10x7¾ hardcover [11/2007] for $55.00

Magic Lantern's Humphrey Bogart [1899-1957] Page

·            ·

"Warner Gangsters Collections"
Warner Gangsters Collections, Volume 1  Volume 1 [2008]: Warner Home Video b&w DVD set [3/2008] 6 disks for $51.69
box set includes: "Angels With Dirty Faces" [1938] starring James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, The Dead End Kids & Pat O'Brien; "Little Caesar" [1931] starring Edward G. Robinson & Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; "The Petrified Forest" [1936] starring Humphrey Bogart, Leslie Howard & Bette Davis; "The Public Enemy" [1931] starring James Cagney & Jean Harlow; "The Roaring Twenties" [1939] directed by Raoul Walsh, starring James Cagney & Humphrey Bogart; and "White Heat" [1949] directed by Raoul Walsh, starring James Cagney & Edmond O'Brien
Warner Gangsters Collection, Volume 2  Volume 2 [2008]: Warner Home Video b&w DVD set [3/2008] 6 disks for $44.99
box set includes "A Slight Case of Murder" [1938] starring Edward G. Robinson; "Bullets or Ballots" [1936] starring Edward G. Robinson & Humphrey Bogart; "City For Conquest" [1940] starring James Cagney, Ann Sheridan & Arthur Kennedy; "Each Dawn I Die" [1939] starring James Cagney & George Raft; "G Men" [1935] starring James Cagney; and "San Quentin" [1937] starring Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart & Ann Sheridan
Warner Gangsters Collection, Volume 3  Volume 3 [2008]: Warner Home Video b&w DVD set [3/2008] 6 disks for $44.99
box set includes "Black Legion" [1937] starring Humphrey Bogart & Dick Foran; "Brother Orchid" [1940] starring Edward G. Robinson, Ann Sothern & Humphrey Bogart; "Lady Killer" [1933] starring James Cagney & Mae Clarke; "The Mayor of Hell" [1933] starring James Cagney & Madge Evans; "Picture Snatcher" [1933] starring James Cagney, Ralph Bellamy & Patricia Ellis; and "Smart Money" [1931] starring Edward G. Robinson & James Cagney
Warner Gangsters Collection - Volume 4  Volume 4 [2008]: Warner Home Video b&w DVD set [10/2008] 6 disks for $53.99
box set includes "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" [1938] with Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart & Claire4 Trevor; "Invisible Stripes" [1939] with George Raft, Humphrey Bogart & William Holden; "Kid Galahad" [1937] with Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart & Bette Davis; "Larceny, Inc." [1942] with Edward G. Robinson, Broderick Crawford & Jane Wyman; "The Little Giant" [1933] with Edward G. Robinson & Mary Astor; the feature-length documentary "Public Enemies: The Golden Age of The Gangster Film" [2008], plus vintage trailers, newsreels, shorts, cartoons & more

Magic Lantern's Gangster Film Festival Page

"Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Collection" on Blu-ray [2013]
Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Collection Blu-ray box set  Warner Home Video Blu-ray set [1/2013] 52 disks for $199.00 – list price $4.00 per movie!
contains 50 feature films, b&w and color, many are widescreen: "Grand Hotel" [1932] §; "Mutiny On The Bounty" [1935] § starring Clark Gable; "The Wizard of Oz" [1939]; "Gone With The Wind" [1939] § starring Clark Gable;; "The Maltese Falcon" [1941] starring Humphrey Bogart; "Mrs. Miniver" [1942] § directed by William Wyler ; "Casablanca" [1942] § starring Humphrey Bogart; "The Treasure of The Sierra Madre" [1948] directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart; "A Streetcar Named Desire" [1951] directed by Elia Kazan, starring Marlon Brando; "An American In Paris" [1951 musical] § directed by Vincente Minnelli; "Singin' In The Rain" [1952 musical]; "Gigi"
[1958 musical] directed by Vincente Minnelli; Alfred Hitchcock's "North By Northwest" [1959] starring Cary Grant; M.G.M.'s "Ben-Hur" [1959] § directed by William Wyler; "How The West Was Won" [1962]; David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago" [1965]; "Cool Hand Luke" [1967]; Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" [1968]; "Bullitt" [1968]; "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" [1971]; "Dirty Harry" [1971] starring Clint Eastwood; Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" [1972]; "The Exorcist" [1973]; Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" [1975] §; "Superman, The Movie" [1977]; Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" [1980]; "Chariots of Fire" [1981] §; "Risky Business" [1983]; "Amadeus" [1984] § directed by Milos Forman; "The Color Purple" [1985] directed by Steven Spielberg; "Lethal Weapon" [1987]; Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" [1987]; "Driving Miss Daisy" [1989] §; "Goodfellas" [1990] directed by Martin Scorsese; Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" [1992] §; "The Bodyguard" [1992]; Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers (Director's Cut)" [1994]; "The Shawshank Redemption" [1994]; "The Matrix"
[1999]; "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" [2001]; "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" [2001]; "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" [2002]; "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" [2003] §; Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" [2005] §; "The Departed" [2006] § directed by Martin Scorsese; "The Dark Knight" [2008]; "The Blind Side" [2009]; "The Hangover" [2009]; "Sherlock Holmes" [2009] starring Robert Downey, Jr.; and "Inception" [2010] — red § indicates Best Picture Oscar winner — bonus material includes two all-new documentaries "Tales From The Warner Bros. Lot" and "The Warner Bros. Lot Tour", hours of commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes (on select films), a limited edition 27"x40" poster, a postcard series of Warner Bros. movie posters, and more.

"Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film Collection" on DVD [2013]
Best of Warner Bros. 100 Film Collection DVD box set   Warner Home Video DVD set [1/2013] for $299.99 – list price $3.00 per movie!
contains 100 feature films, b&w and color, many are widescreen; the 50 films on the Blu-ray set just above match perfectly to this set, the remaining 50 films are: "The Jazz Singer" [1927]; "Broadway Melody of 1929" [1929] §; "The Public Enemy" [1931] directed by William A. Wellman, starring James Cagney & Jean Harlow; Edna Ferber's "Cimarron" [1931] §; "42nd Street" [1933 musical] choreography by Busby Berkeley; "A Night At The Opera" [1935] starring The Marx Brothers; "The Great Ziegfeld" [1936 musical]; "The Life of Emile Zola" [1937) §; "The Adventures of Robin Hood" [1938] starring Errol Flynn; "Dark Victory" [1939] starring Bette Davis; "The
Philadelphia Story" [1940] directed by George Cukor; Orson Welles's "Citizen Kane" [1941]; "Yankee Doodle Dandy" [1942 musical] directed by Michael Curtiz; "Gaslight" [1944] directed by George Cukor; "Anchors Aweigh" [1944 musical]; "Mildred Pierce" [1945] directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Joan Crawford; "Best Years of Our Lives" [1946] § directed by William Wyler; "The Big Sleep" [1946] directed by Howard Hawks, starring Humphrey Bogart; "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" [1954 musical]; "A Star Is Born" [1954] directed by George Cukor, starring Judy Garland; John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" [1955] directed by Elia Kazan, starring James Dean; "Rebel Without A Cause" [1955] directed by Nicholas Ray, starring James Dean; "Around The World In 80 Days" [1956] §; Edna Ferber's "Giant" [1956] directed by George Stevens, starring James Dean; "The Searchers" [1956] directed by John Ford, starring John Wayne; "A Face In The Crowd" [1957] directed by Elia Kazan; Tennessee Williams's "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" [1958]; "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?" [1962]; "Viva Las Vegas" [1964 musical] starring Elvis Presley; Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" [1966] directed by Mike Nichols; "The Dirty Dozen" [1967] starring Lee Marvin; Sam Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch" [1969]; "Cabaret" [1972 musical] directed by Bob Fosse; "Enter The Dragon" [1973] starring Bruce Lee; Mel Brooks's "Blazing Saddles" [1974]; "Dog Day Afternoon" [1975] directed by Sidney Lumet; "All The President's Men" [1976]; "Caddyshack" [1980]; "Clash of The Titans" [1981]; "National Lampoon's Vacation" [1983]; "The Outsiders" [1983] directed by Francis Ford Coppola; "The Right Stuff" [1983] directed by Philip Kaufman; "The Goonies"
[1985]; "Batman" [1989] directed by Tim Burton; "The Fugitive" [1993]; Anne Rice's "Interview With The Vampire" [1994]; "Seven/Se7en" [1995]; James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential" [1997]; "The Notebook" [2004]; and Frank Miller's "300" [2007] — red § indicates Best Picture Oscar winner — same bonus material as the "Best of WB 50 Film Collection" just above (with additional commentaries and featurettes).

"Best of Warner Bros. 25 Cartoon Collection: Hanna-Barbera" [2013]
Best of Warner Bros. 25 Cartoon Collection: Hanna-Barbera DVD box set   Warner Home Video color DVD set [5/2013] 2 disks for $19.48
contains 25 animated TV episodes: The Abbott & Costello Cartoon Show [1968]; The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show [1965] (3); Augie Dogie (2); The Flintstones [1961]; Frankenstein, Jr. and the Impossibles [1966] (2); The Hanna-Barbera New Cartoon Series [1963]; Hokey Wolf [1960]; The Huckleberry Hound Show [1960]; The Jetsons [1962]; Jonny Quest [1964]; Loopy De Loop [1959]; The Magilla Gorilla Show [1965]; The Peter Potamus Show [1964] (2); Quick Draw McGraw (2); Snooper and Blabber (2); Space Ghost [1966]; Top Cat [1962]; and The Yogi Bear Show [1961]

"Best of Warner Bros. 50 Cartoon Collection: Looney Tunes" [2013]
Best of Warner Bros. 50 Cartoon Collection: Looney Tunes DVD box set   Warner Home Video color DVD set [6/2013] 2 disks for $19.59
CAVEAT: all but 2 of these cartoons are included on previous "Golden Collection" or "Platinum Collection" DVDs - this set is a deal only if you already own none of those Looney Tunes DVDs
two-disk set contains 50 animated short films featuring Bugs Bunny (12), Daffy Duck (8), Porky Pig (2), and Sylvester & Tweety (2); other featured characters include: "A Corny Concerto" with Bugs & Porky & Elmer Fudd [1943]; "Baby Bottleneck" with Porky Pig & Daffy Duck [1946]; "A Pest In Ihe House" with Daffy Duck & Elmer Fudd [1947]; "Scaredy Cat" with Porky Pig & Sylvester the Cat [1948]; "Wild Over You" with Pepe le Pew [1953]; "Speedy Gonzales" [1955]; "There They Go-Go-Go" with Road Runner [1956]; "Rocket-bye Baby" with Marvin the Martian [1956]; "Crockett-Doodle-Do" with Foghorn Leghorn [1960]; "The Pied Piper of Guadalupe" with Sylvester & Speedy Gonzalez [1961]; and other characters: "I Love To Singa" [1936], "The Dover Boys" [1942], "The Bashful Buzzard" [1945], "Dough Ray Me-Ow" [1948], "Mouse Wreckers" [1948], "A Ham In A Role" [1949], "It's Hummer Time" [1950], "The Hypo-Chondri-Cat" [1950], "Chow Hound" [1951], "A Bear For Punishment" [1951], "Feed The Kitty" [1952], "Goo Goo Goliath" [1954], "One Froggy Evening" [1955], "The Honey-Mousers" [1956], "Three Little Bops" [1957], and "From A To Z-z-z-z" [1957]



Warner Bros. Pictures color logo

Major Divisions
VIP Studio Tour at Warner Bros. Burbank
Warner Bros. Canada

sections below: Warner Bros. Animation • Warner Home Video
Castle Rock • New Line Cinema
Warner Bros. Records • Turner Broadcasting System • Vitaphone Sound


Warner Bros. Animation hand-drawn color logo
Warner  Bros.  Animation
Founded in 1933 as independent Leon Schlesinger Productions, which used Warner as distributor; sold to Warner in 1944; active until 1963, revived 1967-1969, and relaunched in 1980.
Warner Bros. Animation entry at Wikipedia
Magic Lantern's 'Looney Toons' Page


Warner Home Video color logo
Warner  Home  Video
Founded in 1978 as a division of Warner Bros.; became an autonomous division in 1996 (Time-Warner takeover of Turner).
Agreed in May 2010 to acquire social movie site Flixster, which owns the Rotten Tomatoes website. Warner acquired exclusive
distribution rights to the 70-film Sam Goldwyn library in March 2012.

Warner Home Video entry at Wikipedia

Warner Archive Collection [est. 2009] distributes Warner & M.G.M. & United Artists & Sam Goldwyn titles           Warner Archive Instant [est. 2012] logo on gray
The Warner Archive began in 2009 as online seller of custom DVDs & Blu-ray from the vast Warner Bros. library, which also includes
the M.G.M. & United Artists titles obtained with Turner Entertainment in 1996. The agreement with Netflix ended in Spring 2013
at which time the Warner Archive Instant service was launched.

Warner Archive: official website • entry at Wikipedia
Warner Archive Instant: official subsite • no entry at Wikipedia


Castle Rock Entertainment opening logo
Castle  Rock  Entertainment
Founded in 1987 by director Rob Reiner and others, with backing by Columbia Pictures; acquired by Turner Broadcasting System in 1994, which was acquired by Warner in 1996.
official website {redirects to WB main website}
Castle Rock Entertainment entry at Wikipedia


New Line Cinema logo
New  Line  Cinema  [1967-2008]
Founded in 1967 by Robert Shaye & Michael Lynne, who are still co-studio heads; very successful maker of genre films and series such as "Nightmare On Elm Street", "Lord of The Rings", "Austin Powers" & "Blade"; formed a sub-division in 1972 called Fine Line Features which has since been merged into the mini-major Picturehouse; acquired by Turner Broadcasting System in 1994, which was acquired by Warner in 1996. Then in February 2008, Warner announced that New Line is being absorbed as a division of Warner Bros., releasing six movies per year. In February 2011, New Line was scaled back further, to releasing only four movies per year.

New Line Cinema official website
New Line Cinema entry at Wikipedia


Turner Broadcasting System / Turner Entertainment logo
Turner  Broadcasting  System
Beginning with one TV station in 1970, Ted Turner built a string of stations used to launch his 'superstation' concept in 1976; the company was renamed Turner Broadcasting System in 1979; launched 24-hour news channel C.N.N. in 1980; in a roundelay of high finance in 1985, Turner bought M.G.M./U.A. from Kirk Kerkorian, sold the studio lot to Lorimar TV [1968-93], kept the film library, and sold the rest back to Kerkorian - the amazing thing is that each party made money on the deals!; purchased New Line Cinema & Castle Rock Entertainment in 1994; merged with conglomerate Time-Warner in 1996, making Ted Turner vice chairman and head of cable networks; Turner resigned his positions at Time-Warner in February 2006.
official T.B.S. website
Turner Broadcasting System entry at Wikipedia


Warner Bros. Pictures b&w logo
Warner  Bros.  Records

Warner Bros. Records, The First Fifty Years 10-CD box set  "Revolutions In Sound: Warner Bros. Records - The First Fifty Years" 10-CD Box Set [2008]
Warner Bros. music CD set[12/2008] 10 disks for $89.98
199 tracks from GROUPS: The Association; The Beach Boys; The Black Crowes; Devo; Dire Straits; The Doobie Brothers; Everly Brothers; Fleetwood Mac; Grateful Dead; Green Day; Jethro Tull; Los Lobos; Metallica; Peter, Paul & Mary; Ramones; Red Hot Chili Peppers; R.E.M.; Seals and Crofts; The Staple Singers; Steely Dan; Talking Heads; The Traveling Wilburys; Van Halen; The White Stripes; and ZZ Top; and from PERFORMERS: Captain Beefheart, Edd Byrnes, Johnny Cash, Cher, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., John Fogerty, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Don Henley, Faith Hill, Don Ho, Tab Hunter, Ice-T, Elton John, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Lehrer, Gordon Lightfoot, Madonna, Pat Metheny, Dean Martin, Steve Martin, Bob Newhart, Jack Nitzche, Tom Petty, Richard Pryor, Linda Ronstadt, Allan Sherman, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Tiny Tim, Mason Williams, and Neil Young
– plus many, many more (and a 64-page booklet)
Warner Bros. Records, The First Fifty Years book by Warren Zane  
companion book [2009] by Warren Zane
(of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland)
Chronicle Books hardcover [1/2009] for $23.27


logo for Warner Bros. Vitaphone Talking Pictures
Vitaphone  Sound  [1926-1930]
Vitaphone was the sound-on-disc process used by Warner Bros. and its sister studio First National from 1926 to 1930 on many features and nearly 2,000 short subjects. The technology changed to track-on-film and the Vitaphone brand continued in use until the 1950s.
Vitaphone entry at Wikipedia
Jeff Cohen's "Vitaphone Varieties" blogsite
Jason Almeida's Vitaphone Website {owned by squatters 2012}

"Okay For Sound" 20-minute documentary [Warner Bros. 1946] /tt0241789/
celebrates the 20th anniversary of Warners Vitaphone sound-on-film

director & historian Robert Youngson [1917-74] made three dozen sound shorts from 1950 to 1956,
released under the Vitaphone Novelties, Vitaphone Varieties & Warner Varieties banners.

Vitaphone Films Features & Shorts book by Roy Liebman  
"Vitaphone Films: A Catalogue of The Features and Shorts"
[2003] by Roy Liebman

McFarland & Co. 11x8¼ pb [8/2010] for $55.00
McFarland & Co. 11x9 hardcover [7/2003] orig $95.00 - out of print/used
The  Vitaphone  Project
Announced 2/2012: Founded in the 1990s, The Vitaphone Project has so far located over 3,000 12-inch and 16-inch shellac soundtrack discs in private hands, assisted on the restoration of over 35 shorts and 12 features during 2009-2010, and has secured private funding for further early Vitaphone sound-on-disk shorts restorations. Ned Price, Chief Preservation Officer at Warner Bros., will manage the restorations in-house, which do not require projectable 35mm prints. The Vitaphone Project's donors, primarily Dudley Heer, will provide funding to U.C.L.A. to make prints of each restored short, thereby allowing exhibition to theatre audiences. Completed restorations will be available as projectable prints and-or DVDs by early 2013.

Vitaphone Cavalcade of Musical Comedy Shorts 6-disk DVD box set  "Vitaphone Cavalcade of Musical Comedy Shorts" DVD Box Set [2011]
Warner Bros. DVD-R set [3/2011] 6 disks for $41.99
contains 53 theatrical shorts, including twelve that are 'in eye-popping early three-strip Technicolor'; the dramatic shorts feature The Howard Brothers, The Duncan Sisters, many others; documentary shorts include four Movie Album/Memories, "Hollywood Newsreel" [1934], "A Trip Thru A Hollywood Studio" [1935], and four Vaude-ville Reels; the musical shorts feature Gus Arnheim's orchestra, Tal Henry's orchestra, Red Nichols & His Five Pennies, Jack Buchanan's orchestra, and composer Harry Warren — plus many more
Vitaphone Varieties, 1926-1930 DVD box set  "Vitaphone Varieties, 1926-1930" DVD Box Set [2011]
Warner Bros. DVD-R set [7/2011] 4 disks for $41.99
contains 60 theatrical sound shorts on four disks: the dramatic {based on guesswork} shorts feature Born & Lawrence (2), Tom Dugan (2), Jay C. Flippen, Harry Fox (2), Joe Frisco, Billy 'Swede' Hall, Robert Emmet Keane, George Kelly, Mitchell Lewis, Montague Love, Morrisey & Miller, Franklin Pangborn, billiard champion Charles C. Peterson, Val & Ernie Stanton (2), Slim Timblin, and Henry B. Walthall; the musical shorts feature Oklahoma Bob Albright, Earl Burtnett's orchestra (2), harpist Carlena Diamond, The Gotham Rhythm Boys, Kjerulf's Mayfair Quintette, Al Lyons & His Four Horsemen, The Rangers, Dick Rich & His Synco-Sympho-nists, Douglas Stanbury & The Lyric Quartet, and Jack White & The Montrealers — plus many more

Vitaphone Varieties, 1926-1930 DVD box set  "Vitaphone Varieties: Volume 2" DVD Box Set [2012]  
Warner Bros. DVD-R set [11/2012] 2 disks for $25.19
contains 35 theatrical sound shorts recorded from 1926 to 1930, on two disks; the mostly musical and comedy acts are essentially 'vaudeville in a can', just performers in front of a camera, often unedited, and so a record of vaudeville in its natural state; the shorts feature Fred Allen; Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy; Jay Brennan & Ann Butler; Joe E. Brown; comedian Hobart Cavanagh with young Natalie Schafer; Chaz Chase; William B. Davidson; Jack Haley; Mike Hanapi's Hawaiian group; Josephine Harmon; radio superstars Jones & Hare ("The Happiness Boys"); Bert Lahr; John Litel; Helen Morgan; Pat O’Brien; Jack Osterman; dynamic Georgie Price; Gregory Ratoff; Al Shaw & Sam Lee; Blanche Sweet; Fred Waring with his jazz band; half of The Yacht Club Boys — plus many more
see also the Vitaphone Sound [1926-30] Section on Magic Lantern's Warner Bros. Studios Page


Warner Bros.  Studio  Facilities
http://www.warnerbros.co.uk/

Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden [built 1995; purchased 2010] northwest of London, UK
official studio website • entry at Wikipedia


Kids W.B.  website
Re-launched 4/2008; includes games & video, shopping, Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes 'zones'
official website • Wikipedia



Moguls & Executives

The four founding Warner brothers (birth surname Wanskolaser) were

Harry M. Warner
[b. Poland 1881; active 1905-56; d. 1958]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia
Harry M. Warner Film Institute [est. 2003] in PA

Albert 'Abe' Warner
[b. Poland 1884; active 1903-50?; d. 1967]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Samuel Lewis 'Sam' Warner
[b. Poland 1887; active 1903-1927; d. 1927]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Jacob Leonard 'Jack L.' Warner
[b. Canada 1892; active 1909-72; d. 1978]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia
bio page • 1965 autobio • 1990 bio

Warner Bros. Pictures b&w logo

Ted Ashley [1922-2002]
talent agent 1942-69; WB chairman 1969-81; vice chair Warner Communications 1981-88

Alan F. Horn, pres Warner Bros. - hired 2007, ousted 2011

Mervyn Leroy [1900-87]
director 1927-65; Harry Warner's son-in-law 1934-42; WB producer 1955-65
IMDb listing • Wikipedia

Terry Semel, pres Warner Bros. - hired 1983, ousted 2007

(Jack M.) Jack Warner, Jr. [1916-95]
IMDb listing • Wikipedia


The Brothers Warner movie poster  "The Brothers Warner" [Warner Sisters Sept 2008]
90-minute family documentary about brothers Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack L. who rose from poverty in Baltimore and Ohio to become Hollywood movie moguls.Co-produced, written & directed by {granddaughter of Harry} Cass Warner Sperling
Warner Home Video widescreen color DVD [3/2010] for $5.38
full credits at IMDb • official movie site • company site
The Brothers Warner book by Cass Warner Sperling  "The Brothers Warner: The Intimate Story of A Hollywood Studio Family Dynasty" [2008] by Cass Warner Sperling
This book is companion to the movie {above}, and an update & reissue (7th edition) of "Hollywood Be Thy Name" [1993] {below}
Warner Sisters 9x6 pb [6/2008] for $20.99
Hollywood / Warner Brothers Story  "Hollywood Be Thy Name: The Warner Brothers Story" [1993]
by Cass Warner Sperling & Cork Millner, with Jack Warner Jr.

Univ Press of KY 9x6 pb [9/98] out of print/used
Prima Publng 9¾x6½ hardcover [9/93] out of print/many used
Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul video  "Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul - The Epic Story of The Man
Behind The Movies" [indep 1993]

Produced, written & directed by {Jack's grandson} Gregory Orr;
narrated by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
CustomFlix color DVD [7/2006] for $24.95
full credits from IMDb
Jack L. Warner autobiography My First Hundred Years In Hollywood  "My First Hundred Years In Hollywood: An Autobiography" [1964]
by Jack L. Warner

Random House 8¾x6 hardcover [1964] out of print/many used


L i n k s

official Warner Bros. website
official Warner Bros. Company Info page
Warner Bros. Company History page



Online sales in association with  Movie Industry books category at Amazon   and   search 'movie studio' photo posters at AllPosters.com

Magic Lantern's Major Studios Pages
Disney & A.B.C. Page • M.G.M. & United Artists Page • News Corp. & Fox Page
Sony Pictures & Columbia • Universal Page • Viacom & Paramount • Warner Bros. Page {this page}

Magic Lantern's Mini-Major Studios Page
Amazon Studios • Amblin • C.B.S. • E.M.G. • Europa • Halcyon • Imagine
Liberty Media • LionsGate • Miramax • Relativity • Weinstein
historic studios • foreign studios

top of this page    ·    back to Magic Lantern homepage