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Vitaphone Prelude

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

A brief overview of the prehistory of sound film, from Thomas Edison through the work of Lee DeForest, noting that most of these early films were marked by musical performance. The origins of the ... More


Carl Stalling and Popular Music in the Warner Bros. Cartoons

Daniel Goldmark

in Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520236172
eISBN:
9780520941205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520236172.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

Carl Stalling's work as a composer for Hollywood cartoons was apparently headed for the same fate as practically all film music: heard but never widely recognized for its creativity and originality. ... More


“Why So Serious?”: Warner Bros.’ Use of the Joker in Marketing The Dark Knight

Kim Owczarski

in The Joker: A Serious Study of the Clown Prince of Crime

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781628462388
eISBN:
9781626746831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462388.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Kim Owczarski takes us in a slightly different direction, exploring the Joker as a marketing tool in Warner Bros. 2008 distribution of The Dark Knight. Already a rich case study in its use of ... More


Beshert: The Early Warner Bros. Years

Marilyn Ann Moss

in Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813133935
eISBN:
9780813135595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813133935.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Jack Warner and Raoul Walsh kept it going for 30 years. In Jack's native Yiddish, they were beshert, two people who were “intended,” who found that they were “meant to be.” Walsh liked to say that he ... More


Out of the Night: At Home at Warner Bros.

Marilyn Ann Moss

in Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813133935
eISBN:
9780813135595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813133935.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Raoul Walsh prepared to direct They Drive by Night. This film offers one of the best demonstrations in his body of work of how effortlessly and naturally he segues between hope and hopelessness, ... More


Hollywood, Revued

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

Another distinctive trend was the all-star revue film, as produced by most of the major studios. Each would serve as a guidepost to its company's reigning aesthetic as it addressed the new world of ... More


What’s Up—And Down—Doc?: Warner Bros., Chuck Jones, and Abstract Space

J. P. Telotte

in Animating Space: From Mickey to WALL-E

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125862
eISBN:
9780813135540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125862.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, which seemed almost invariably to stake out a very different territory from that of the Disney works. The Warner Bros. ... More


Jungle Jive: Animation, Jazz Music, and Swing Culture

Daniel Goldmark

in Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520236172
eISBN:
9780520941205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520236172.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

By the 1920s, jazz permeated the collective musical culture of America, from recordings and live performances to films focusing on the nature of jazz itself. Cartoons became an especially potent site ... More


Oedipus Wrecked: The Late 1940s at Warner Bros.

Marilyn Ann Moss

in Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813133935
eISBN:
9780813135595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813133935.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

While Raoul Walsh was still shooting The Man I Love in the fall of 1945, he rekindled his interest in Cheyenne. Cheyenne is far more interesting as a sexual farce than it is as a western action ... More


“We're in the Money”

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0017
Subject:
Music, Popular

The musical resurgence was spearheaded by the election of Franklin Roosevelt and by Warner's 42nd Street, both of which indicated that better times were ahead. Busby Berkeley's dance spectacles ... More


One Thousand and One Nights with Errol Flynn

Marilyn Ann Moss

in Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813133935
eISBN:
9780813135595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813133935.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Directing the General George Custer picture opened and then deepened Raoul Walsh's friendship with the picture's star, Errol Flynn, who became a lifelong friend—mishpocha, in fact. They Died with ... More


The New Tin Pan Alley: Hollywood Looks at American Popular Songwriters

John C. Tibbetts

in Composers in the Movies: Studies in Musical Biography

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106749
eISBN:
9780300128031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106749.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter focuses on Yankee Doodle Dandy, the Warner Bros. movie about George M. Cohan's life. It is but one of dozens of Hollywood biopics purporting to tell the story of the great American ... More


<i>Footlight Parade</i>: The New Deal on Screen

Harvey G. Cohen

in Hollywood and the Great Depression: American Film, Politics and Society in the 1930s

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748699926
eISBN:
9781474426749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699926.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapters shows how the Warner Bros. movie, Footlight Parade, part of a trilogy of Great Depression made in 1933 and also featuring 42nd Street and Gold Diggers of 1933, epitomised the studio’s ... More


Animating Space: From Mickey to WALL-E

J.P. Telotte

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813125862
eISBN:
9780813135540
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813125862.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Animators work within a strictly defined, limited space that requires difficult artistic decisions. The blank frame presents a dilemma for all animators, and the decision as to what to include and ... More


Selling Jazz Short

Jennifer Fleeger

in Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199366484
eISBN:
9780199366514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199366484.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Chapter Three examines the representation of jazz music by three major studios during the conversion era. It argues that Warner Bros., Paramount, and MGM each appropriated jazz in its own way to ... More


By Land and by Sea

Marilyn Ann Moss

in Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813133935
eISBN:
9780813135595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813133935.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The biggest challenge of Raoul Walsh's career was the massive production of Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N., a picture that took four months to complete and severely tested the mettle of the ... More


Opera Cut Short

Jennifer Fleeger

in Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199366484
eISBN:
9780199366514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199366484.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Chapter Two explores the visual and musical changes in the opera short as it evolved throughout the conversion era primarily by looking at the prolific output of Warner Bros. and its intensified ... More


Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon

Daniel Goldmark

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520236172
eISBN:
9780520941205
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520236172.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book presents an examination of music written for Hollywood animated cartoons of the 1930s through the 1950s. Enormous creative effort went into setting cartoons to music, and this effort shaped ... More


Suspended Contract Player

Christina Rice

in Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813144269
eISBN:
9780813144474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813144269.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the renewed promise of Ann’s career in 1935 with higher-budget, higher-profile Warner films like Sweet Music with Rudy Vallee and “G” Men with James Cagney, only to have this ... More


Warner Workhorse

Christina Rice

in Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813144269
eISBN:
9780813144474
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813144269.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter covers the remarkable number of films Dvorak made in the year following her return to Warner Bros., such as Heat Lightning and Housewife, costarring Bette Davis. Included are her final ... More


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