Filmmaker Notes – Cass Warner Sperling

July 25th 1958 was an especially hot day.  I was called into the office of the summer camp I was attending for a call from my father.  As I stood listening to the news of my Grandpa Harry’s passing a thud happened in my universe. I could feel myself grabbing for fond memories that were […]

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story

WB through the Years (Photo Gallery)

View photos of Warner Bros. productions, from the studio’s humble but ambitious beginnings to its blockbusters of today. The studio was founded by the four Warner brothers Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack.

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story

Director Notes – Richard Schickel

The following is excerpted from director Richard Schickel’s book, You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story, upon which his film is based. You could argue that this book, and the television series from which it derives has been in the making for something like 65 years. When I was a kid, living in a […]

Filmmaker Interview – Cass Warner Sperling

Q: What first got you interested in doing a film on the Warner brothers? A: Several reasons: My grandfather, Harry Warner, was very much around the first 10 years of my life as we spent almost every weekend on his ranch just out side of Los Angeles. He was very much a family man and […]

Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer

Filmmaker Interview – Robert Trachtenberg

AMERICAN MASTERS Online presents an extended interview with “Gene Kelly” filmmaker Robert Trachtenberg. Q: What made you interested in doing a film on Gene Kelly? A: My other career is as a photographer, and I pitched a Gene Kelly story to the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE in 1994. It was a fashion story — an […]

Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer

Anatomy of a Dancer

I didn’t want to move or act like a rich man. I wanted to dance in a pair of jeans. I wanted to dance like the man in the streets. –Gene Kelly Timeless, effortless, elegant and indelible as the 50th anniversary of Singin’ in the Rain approaches, Gene Kelly’s body of work still thrives and […]

Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius

About Harold Lloyd

“The King of Daredevil Comedy,” Harold Lloyd is best remembered today as the young man dangling desperately from a clock tower in the 1923 classic Safety Last. At the height of his career, Lloyd was one of the most popular and highest-paid stars of his time. While his achievements have been overshadowed by the work […]

Danny Kaye: A Legacy of Laughter

About the Actor

Danny Kaye was a great American entertainer with an enormous creative range, encompassing dance, popular song, classical music, complicated verse, impersonation and improvisation, which melded together into an utterly unique style. He was equally popular and at home on the stage, television, the silver screen, and radio. Over the course of his career, Kaye’s talents […]

Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies

About Sam Goldwyn

by A. Scott Berg Sam Goldwyn’s name is synonymous with the American movie from its beginnings through its golden age. Goldwyn’s story is a pioneer story, a folk story, a movie fantasy that came true; it is a story about creativity, ambition, money, drive … about a time in America when there was a pot […]