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by Cork Millner,Cass Warner Sperling

The real story of the Warner brothers has all the drama of a big screen productiona rags-to-riches tale with tension and strife among four brothers, love and marriage, death and divorce, plotting and betrayal. Hollywood Be Thy Name transports readers into the lives of Hollywoods most enduring legends.
Download Hollywood Be Thy Name: The Warner Brothers Story epub
ISBN: 0813109582
ISBN13: 978-0813109589
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Cork Millner,Cass Warner Sperling
Language: English
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky; 1st edition (August 6, 1998)
Pages: 416 pages
ePUB size: 1691 kb
FB2 size: 1146 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 850
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I didn't expect it to be so interesting. Finished the book in a few days. When somebody is interested in the beginnings of the movie industrie, this is the book to read.
A fascinating look at the history of movies from silent films, how they evolved to talkie, technicolor and the graphics we have now.
I couldn't put it down...
I initially came to this book for one of my business-class papers, which was on the transitional and transforming period from films to TV series and on how Warner Bro. weathered this change. The content in this book, although perhaps not intended for business strategy research, provides a vivid script that presents the historical story or, should I say, a phenomenal age to the reader. Supplementary to other technical papers, this book gives inspiring, if not sufficiently scholarly, insights to business operations and strategies.

Skimming through the relevant chapters for my paper turned out to stick me for a thorough read. I checked out this book from the library and took it for a casual winter-break read. I admit I am much moved and put into muses by the dramas behind the inception, establishment, climax, and fade-out of a family empire. The true entrepreneurial spirit of the early 20th century, in juxtaposition with that of the late-20th century computer-enterprises boom (which, of course, is not in this book but well-revealed in other everyday media sources), really instills some inkling into my still-young mind. Furthermore, the fraternal conflicts behind the clan curtain in the superficial glamours of success, wealth, and fame, are so vividly, philosophically, and literarily recounted in this book; I was made to ponder, think over, and digest the complexity behind any strikingly admirable partnerships, be it bonded by kinship or friendship.
"Hollywood Be Thy Name"is a well documented, well-written story of the incredible accomplishments of the four Warner brothers, who, from immigrant beginnings, with almost no money and no education, got into the beginnings of movie business. They rose to the incredible challenges that business presented, and gave us, over the years, an amazing number of award-winning stories, pictures, and performances that were a big part of the back-bone of the industry during the golden age of movies and movie studios.

It's an inspiring, exciting story of four men with very different personalities and temperaments, who worked together to make Warner Brothers a money making studio that gave us quality pictures. They changed the industry by creating the first talking picture (in conjunction with Western Electric) and mesmerized audiences with this innovation as well as the list of quality pictures that followed. It's also a story of how the four of them worked together until the power they created caused them to lose sight of their family ties in favor of infighting and personal sabotage over that power.

The book presents the authentic voices of many of the people who worked for the Warner brothers, and of members of many family members on both sides of what became the great divide. The fictionalized dialog is well within the scope of the personalities involved, and only serves to soften the dramatic facts that form the basis of this book. It's a very human story, and essential reading for anybody interested in the history of the movie industry.

I highly recommend it.
This is a hard to put down book! I only learned about it because my husband and I just had a book published 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
If the authors of this book spent so much time researching (11 years according to the Kirkus Review above) then one wonders why their historical contextualization is as sloppy and superficial as it is. Let me cite one egregious example. On page 274, the authors explain that Elia Kazan's naming names fed Joe McCarthy's ambition which resulted in the blacklisting of the Hollywood 10. In fact, McCarthy had absolutely nothing to do with the Hollywood 10 (who were blacklisted in 1947--McCarthy didn't rise to fame until 1950), and Elia Kazan wasn't brought before HUAC until years later. Any high school history textbook will be clear about this. Also, the melodramatic quality of this book, especially in its fictionalized dialogues, leads the reader to question whether the authors had any intention of writing a factual book, or whether they wanted to invent a history that was dramatic and would sell a lot of copies.
I thought this was a very interesting book that painfully illustrated what greed and a thirst for power can do to a family. It was a bit choppily written but the subject matter was so interesting it didn't matter. I would recommend this book to any fan of Hollywood legend and lore. Jack Warner was a selfish, thoughtless, power hungry man who forsook his own son for a shrew of a woman, and he took a few of his brothers down on his power trip. So interesting to see how difficult life was for immigrants, how hard they worked, how imaginative they were, so far-seeing and daring int he risks they were willing to take. It might explain some of the greed and need to be in control---but it doesn't explain why one brother could be a good man, and the next brother a man without a conscience. A very fast and entertaining read.