The Brothers Warner

Synopsis: Intimate portraits of brothers Albert Warner, Harry M. Warner, Jack L. Warner, and Sam Warner, the siblings who were close knit at the time of Warner Bros. Studios founding, but who later became estranged. This film, written and directed by Harry's granddaughter Cass, traces them from their humble, immigrant beginnings, to their breakthrough achievements, and their continuing imprint on American culture. This historic view of a family, and Hollywood's golden years offers invaluable and rare still photographs, classic film footage, and private access to relatives, friends, employees, and historians.
Director(s): Cass Warner
Production: The Promise Documentary
  1 nomination.
94 min

and Jack Warner saying:

"The hell with my profits."

There are some things more important

than profit.

I think any studio chief who said that today

would be looking for another job tomorrow.

Four brothers born

into a family of 12 children.

Out of the movie-making four,

Harry, the eldest, was born in 1881.

Albert followed three years later...

... then came Sam,

who was seven years younger...

...and last but not least,

kid brother, Jack...

... who was 11 years Harry's junior,

born in 1892.

Our family entered this country from Russia,

now Poland.

I've been searching for over 30 years

to find out what our real surname is.

Great-Grandpa Benjamin wanted

to leave the past behind.

There was too much pain connected to it,

I've been told.

There's one thing for certain:

It definitely wasn't Warner.

The reason my father came here...

...was because he could not educate

his children, number one...

...and number two, to work for a living...

...because the right to work

did not exist over there.

First of all,

they were mostly uneducated Jews...

...and when they came to this country...

...the educated Jews,

which was the Russian--

The German Jews.

--wanted nothing to do with them.

So they had to find something.

They got into the clothing business,

the rag business...

...they got into anything they could get into

which you could without an education.

We couldn't go to school,

so we started working...

...because we had to earn a living.

So I sold papers and shined shoes

on the corner of Light and Baltimore Street.

We had to stay out pretty late at night...

...because if we didn't bring home $2...

...we didn't eat much.

And I think that was

the greatest lesson of my life.

I learned how to work

and I appreciate work.

And then one day, they seized on an idea,

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