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Job Film executive * Co-founder of Warner Brothers
Years active 1907-1927
Shares birthday with Norma Shearer, Jack Haley, Rhonda Fleming  see more..

Sam Warner Overview:

Producer, Sam Warner, was born Samuel Eichelbaum on Aug 10, 1887 in Baltimore, MD. Warner died at the age of 40 on Oct 5, 1927 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Home of Peace Memorial Park Cemetery in East Los Angeles, CA.

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Sam's death resulted in the surviving 3 Warner brothers missing the premiere of The Jazz Singer (1927) (they were on a train headed to Los Angeles for the funeral), which would have been the greatest night of their professional lives.

Co-founder of Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc., along with older brother Harry M. Warner (president of the company) and younger brothers Albert Warner (treasurer) and Jack L. Warner (executive in charge of production). Sam was the studio's chief executive officer until his death.

Of all the Warners, Sam was the studio's driving force behind technological innovation, literally dragging his reluctant brothers into the future of film. Somewhat ironically, he never envisioned the Vitaphone process being used for dialog however. By all accounts, he saw it as a cost savings device useful to theaters which would enable them to eliminate live orchestras (or in rural theaters a piano player) that typically accompanied 'silent' movies. He saw the Vitaphone as a means to distinguish Warner's from the more prominent studios in Hollywood. Al Jolson's brief synchronized talking bits in The Jazz Singer (1927) as much as his singing that would prove sensational to audiences, Sadly, Sam would not live to see the full promise of talkies realized and his fragile Vitaphone disc process would be quickly surpassed by the vastly superior Fox Movietone sound-on-film system.

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