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Inside Warner Bros. (1935-1951)

Author: Rudy Behlmer
Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A. : Viking, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Few books offer as direct and intimate a portrait of the tumult, trauma, and glory of making movies as this fascinating collection. Culled from Warner Bros.'s voluminous files, these revealing memos, letters, and production reports recapture the conception, the second thoughts, the inspirations, doubts, conflicts, and triumphs that produced some of the most popular films ever made: Casablanca, Jezebel, Yankee  Read more...
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Inside Warner Bros. (1935-1951).
New York, NY, U.S.A. : Viking, 1985
(OCoLC)561549399
Online version:
Inside Warner Bros. (1935-1951).
New York, NY, U.S.A. : Viking, 1985
(OCoLC)606346126
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rudy Behlmer
ISBN: 0670804789 9780670804788
OCLC Number: 11621086
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xix, 358 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue (1929-1935) --
Jack L. and Hal B. in stride (1935-1938) --
High visibility (1938-1940) --
Bogart (and others) rise to the occasion (1940-1942) --
Warner Americana (1941) --
Casablanca (1941-1943) --
Conflicts and changes (1942-1946) --
The rise of Jerry Wald (1944-1947) --
The return of John Huston (1946-1948) --
Hard times and farewells (1948-1950) --
Two by Tennessee (1949-1951).
Responsibility: selected, edited, and annotated by Rudy Behlmer.

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"Few books offer as direct and intimate a portrait of the tumult, trauma, and glory of making movies as this fascinating collection. Culled from Warner Bros.'s voluminous files, these revealing memos, letters, and production reports recapture the conception, the second thoughts, the inspirations, doubts, conflicts, and triumphs that produced some of the most popular films ever made: Casablanca, Jezebel, Yankee Doodle Dandy, The Maltese Falcon, A Streetcar Named Desire, Dark Victory, Mildred Pierce, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Now, Voyager, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and many, many more. It is a story as tempestuous as its stars: laced with Jack L. Warner's caustic and canny comments on everything from director Michael Curtiz's camera angles to Joan Blondell's revealing gowns, Bette Davis's ferocious fights about her career, the blossoming romance of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Errol Flynn's complaints about the sorry state of his wig, Ronald Reagan's dismay with the studio, George Raft's brawl with Edward G. Robinson, and on and on. Alongside the moments of high tragedy and low comedy, there is the story of very talented people doing their utmost to make the best movies they can. Whether it's the prodding and encouragement of executive producers like Hal Wallis and Darryl Zanuck, the passion and persistence of directors like John Huston, Raoul Walsh, and Elia Kazan, or simply the bright ideas and dim views of screenwriters, supervisors, and makeup men, everyone has his or her say in this panoramic picture of a major studio in its heyday. A monumental slice of film history, a bit of soap opera combined with the drama of high finance, and a gold mine of behind-the-scenes intrigue, Inside Warner Bros. offers rich fare for anyone interested in the movies of Hollywood's Golden Age, and an irresistible look at the legendary and colorful people who created them."--Jacket.

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