Tales of the Warner Brothers

Written by Stephen Schochet

The four Warner Brothers, which includedrepparttar womanizing Jack,repparttar 126928 conservative Harry,repparttar 126929 quiet Albert andrepparttar 126930 visionary Sam, had risen from obscurity with The Jazz Singer (1927)repparttar 126931 first famous and financially successful talking movie ever made. Tragically, Sam Warner,repparttar 126932 real brains behindrepparttar 126933 whole project, died of a brain tumor two days before The Jazz Singer's debut. Jack was thrilled byrepparttar 126934 film's success, but crushed by his brother's death. He became difficult to deal with forrepparttar 126935 rest of his life. His older and more conservative brother Harry and he fought constantly over money and Jack's womanizing ways. One time Harry chased Jack throughrepparttar 126936 studio with a two by four threatening to kill him. The feud became so bitter that Jack opted to play tennis rather than attend Harry's funeral in 1958. One time Jack met Albert Einstein," Mr. Einstein, I have my own theory of relativity. Don't hire them."

Warner was fascinated by Einstein especiallyrepparttar 126937 physicists detailed descriptions of stars. After he left Jack told a staff member," Sign this Betelgeuse guy to a contract. Einstein think he has potential."

Despite or maybe because of his aborted singing career, Jack Warner seemed to resent similar ambitions in others. One day her was strolling throughrepparttar 126938 studio lot when he heard a young man singing with a beautiful voice. It was coming fromrepparttar 126939 security guard shack. Curious,repparttar 126940 mogul walked up to question his startled employee.

"Young man, was that you singing?" "W-why yes Mr. Warner." "Young man you have a beautiful voice." "Oh thank you Mr. Warner." "MM. Tell me, young man, what would you rather be? A security guard or a singer?" "Oh Mr. Warner, I dreamed of being a singer." "Ok young man. You're fired!"

Jack Warner treated all of his employees with derision, but none worse thanrepparttar 126941 writers. Many of them although better paid atrepparttar 126942 studio than they ever were writing novels, resentedrepparttar 126943 nine to five routine they were forced to adhere to atrepparttar 126944 Warner's factory. Whererepparttar 126945 actors were free to leaverepparttar 126946 studio at lunchrepparttar 126947 writers had to be "chained" to their typewriter. One time Warner called a writer intorepparttar 126948 studio screening room for his suggestions on how to fix a weak script." I'm sorry Mr. Warner. I have no ideas after five."

Sammy Davis Junior Found Religion

Written by Stephen Schochet

In 1954, Sammy Davis Jr. converted to Judaism, which led to him beingrepparttar subject of several anecdotes. One time he boarded a bus inrepparttar 126927 deep, segregated south. "Git torepparttar 126928 back ofrepparttar 126929 bus", saidrepparttar 126930 rude driver."But I'm Jewish", protestedrepparttar 126931 entertainer. "Then get off."

Another time Sammy was filming Porgy And Bess(1959) when he announced he would not work on Yom Kippur. Word got back fromrepparttar 126932 set to Porgy's frugal producer Sam Goldwyn, he immediately called his idle performer who was costing him $30,000. "Sammy, is it true? You refuse to work onrepparttar 126933 holiday? "Yes it's true Sam." There was a tense pause then Goldwyn said," Bless You."

Then there wasrepparttar 126934 night ofrepparttar 126935 1971 Oscars when Sammy hostedrepparttar 126936 show and remarked," Tonight,repparttar 126937 academy honors both my peoples with Fiddler On The Roof and Shaft."

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