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Decisions decisions – There are many Warner Bros studio history books to choose from!

My hubby asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I decided that I would like a history book about the early Warner Bros studio. My favorite era for movies is between the years of 1939 to 1945, and my favorite studio is Warner Bros. I thought it would be fun to have a reference book as a companion to my favorite TV channel, Turner Classic Movies.

I was hoping that I would find at least one book – but I have to decide between not only seven books, but also two DVDs!  (There might be other books and DVDs, but I only found these in my internet research.)

All of the books I have found on the internet are available at Amazon.com. I’ve been flipping back and forth between the pages of Amazon.com, but I thought it might be easier to write down all the details in one place and decide that way. As long as I’m going to all this trouble to write it all down, I thought I might as well post it in my blog while I was at it. Perhaps other people might be looking for books about Warner Bros studio and could benefit from my footwork.

Here is the list of books and DVDs I am trying to decide between:


 The Best of Warner Bros.

by Thomas G. Aylesworth (March 1994)

Amazon.com Product Description:

A look at the history of the studio from its early B-films, including serials and melodramas, through its production of The Jazz Singer, to the present features more than 250 illustrations in color and black and white.

Customer Reviews: None

Pages: 192, hardcover

My thoughts:

It has 192 pages, not very many for a history book. It covers the years from “early B-films” to the present, which is 1994 The cover has a picture from Casablanca my favorite movie of all time, but it also has a picture of Clint Eastwood. I like Clint Eastwood, especially when he played Rowdy Yates on Rawhide, but I’m not interested in movies that recent.


The Brothers Warner

by Cass Warner Sperling (June 12, 2008)

Amazon.com Product Description:

The BROTHERS WARNER, formerly titled “Hollywood Be Thy Name: The Warner Brothers Story”, is the definitive family biography and intimate portrait of the four legendary Warner brothers. It unfolds and is told through the eyes of Harry Warner’s granddaughter, Cass Warner Sperling and in the voices of others who knew them.

Pages: 426 pages, paperback


Customer Reviews: There are four reviews, and every review gave it five stars, the highest rating.

My Thoughts:

This was written by a granddaughter of one of the four Warner brothers. It has a good deal of pages, and excellent reviews by the four reviewers. This covers the lives of the brothers, so it will certainly cover my favorite years for movies. It is a recent book, and there are new copies available for $20.99.

This one is certainly a possibility!


Early Warner Bros. Studios (Images of America) (Images of America Series)

by E.J. Stephens (July 26, 2010)

Amazon.com Product Description:

Since 1928, Warner Bros. has produced thousands of beloved films and television shows at the studio’s magical 110-acre film factory in Burbank. This collection of evocative images concentrates on the Warner Bros. legacy from the 1920s to the 1950s, when timeless classics such as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and East of Eden came to life. It also looks at WB’s earlier homes along Hollywood’s “Poverty Row,” the birthplace of Looney Tunes, and the site of WB’s pioneering marriage between film and sound in the 1920s. Early Warner Bros. Studios also tells the tale of four brothers–Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner–scions of a Polish Jewish immigrant family who rose from the humblest of origins to become Hollywood moguls of enormous and lasting influence.

Pages: 128 pages, paperback

Customer Reviews: There are two reviews, and both gave the book five stars, the highest rating.

My Thoughts:

The description says it covers the years “1920s to the 1950s”, my favorite years included. You can search within this book, and it appears to have many photographs. New books are $14.95.

This sounds like something I would really like!


Here’s Looking At You, Warner Bros.: The History of the Warner Bros. Studios

DVD Sam Warner (2003)

Amazon.com Product Description:

Item Name: Here’s Looking At You, Warner Bros.: The History of the Warner Bros. Studios; Studio: Warner Brothers

Pages: None, DVD


Amazon.com Customer Reviews: Two reviewers both gave five stars.

My thoughts:

The reviews sound like it is a great DVD, but I think I would rather have a book.


Inside Warner Bros. (1935-1951)

by Rudy Behlmer (March 1987

Amazon.com Product Description: None
Pages: 358 pages, paperback

Amazon.com Customer Reviews: Only one person wrote a review but gave the book four stars.

My Thoughts:

The title alone makes it sound like this book is right up my alley. It covers the years 1935-1951, so my favorite years 1939-1945 is covered. It has a good number of pages for a history book. I have seen the author on Turner Classic Movies documentaries. He is a film historian. This is an older book, so no new copies are available, but used copies in good contrition are available at very low prices.

This books sounds like something I would really like!


The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of: A Historical Look Behind the Gates of Warner Bros. Studio

by Amy; foreword by Clint Eastwood. Hilker (2005)

Amazon.com Product Description: None
Pages: Does not say, hardcover

Amazon.com Customer Reviews: None

My Thoughts:

This book has no “Product Description” and it has no reviews. Not much to go on, there. It also does not say how many pages it has, or let you search  inside the book to see how many pages there are. It was published in 2005, and the forward was written by Clint Eastwood. Other than that, there is not much to go on. I found a good review elsewhere that said partially:

photographic tour of the studio “behind the scenes” from its earliest days as First National Pictures in the 1920s through the golden era of Bogart and co.

It sounds pretty good, but there are a couple of other books on this list that sound very good.


You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story

by Richard Schickel (September 9, 2008)

Amazon.com Product Description:

From Rin Tin Tin to Casablanca to Harry Potter, the Warner Bros. story is the history of Hollywood. Eighty-five years of screen icons, legendary films, and history-making achievements are detailed in this comprehensive, photo-filled treasure trove, fully authorized by the studio.

No production company has had more legendary films, stars, or influence on the course of Hollywood than Warner Bros. Among the superstars who worked for the studio are Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford, Marlon Brando, James Dean, and John Wayne. Filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick made history for the studio, and it has been home to blockbuster franchises like Superman, Batman, Lethal Weapon, and Harry Potter.

Produced in conjunction with Warner Bros., this volume is the ultimate guide to the greatest movie studio in history. You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story is also the companion to a five part documentary in the PBS American Masters series by author Richard Schickel that will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the spring of 2008 and debut on PBS in the fall, to coincide with publication of the book.

Pages: 480 pages, hardcover


“Customer Reviews” Eleven reviews with four people giving it the highest rating of five stars.

My Thoughts:

I looked at this book in a bookstore yesterday. My favorite years only took up a fourth of the book. I am not interested in a book that is mostly not want I want. There are better books on this list.


You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story

DVD Richard Schickel

Amazon.com Product Description:

The power and the stories. The trends and trendsetters. The mirror that reflects our life and times. It’s Rick sticking his neck out for nobody. Superman rescuing Lois Lane. Bette Davis pumping lead into the man she loves. George Clooney masterminding a Vegas heist. Harry Potter wielding his powers. You must remember these…. Clint Eastwood narrates Richard Schickel’s perceptive 5-episode, 85th-anniversary salute to the studio that gained a four-footed hold with an unlikely star (Rin Tin Tin), championed tough guys and dames who gave the Depression and the Nazis the raspberry, countered the box-office onslaught of TV and emerged as a 21st-century giant. Art, business, stars, moneymen, America – it’s an enthralling tale. And it’s all here.

Pages: None, DVD

Customer Reviews: Seven reviews, with two reviewers giving the maximum of five starts.

My Thoughts:

This is a DVD version of the book described above. But, I would imaging that the book has a lot more information than a DVD would be able to fit in, even though it is five parts. Also, it includes years I am not interested in reading about. This is not something I want.


Warner Bros Story

by Clive Hirschorn (January 10, 1987)

Amazon.com Product Description: None

Pages: 480, hardcover

Customer Reviews: None

My Thoughts:

It was published in 1987. There is no Product Description or any reviews. However, it has 480 pages, so there must be a lot of information in this book.


OK, so now I have done the research. Here is my Christmas list:


The Brothers Warner

by Cass Warner Sperling (June 12, 2008)

( $20.99 new)


Early Warner Bros. Studios (Images of America) (Images of America Series)

by E.J. Stephens (July 26, 2010)

($14.95 new)


Inside Warner Bros. (1935-1951)

by Rudy Behlmer (March 1987

(used copies in good contrition are available at very low prices)

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My Favorite Books!

My Favorite Books

The truth can only be found by the
painstaking elimination of the untrue.
Sherlock Holmes: Dressed to Kill (1946)

A few years ago, I heard the line above in an old movie. It really relates to how I came to believe that there is a God. (Click here to read how I came to believe in God.)

These are some of the books I read that convince me that God exists. The great majority of the books on this list make extensive use of excerpts from published articles in peer reviewed science journals and other publications. Although most of the books are by Christians, these are not books that say "the Bible says it so it must be true". I believe in God because of the strong scientific case for His existence made in these books.

All of these books have a link to the amazon.com website so you can read the reviews and comments of others if you wish. Some of the books are available to be read online. Please see the end of this page for a list of books that may be read online.

The Answers Book by Ken Ham, et al Read The Answers Book Online
This book answers many common questions about creation. It answers questions about Cain’s wife, dinosaurs, the origin of races and many more.

Bones of Contention by Marvin L. Lubenow
This book analyzes all of the hominid fossils. The appendix has a very detailed discussion of the dating of the fossil skull KNM-ER 1470. The science journal “Nature” is where the researchers published their research regarding this skull and their papers in “Nature” are quoted extensively. According to the many quotes from “Nature” it took a period of ten years to date this one fossil skull. This skull caused a big controversy in the scientific community and that’s why it took ten years for them to agree. This ten year process is detailed step by step using the words of the researchers, themselves. There were many dates given by the various radiometric dating techniques. The scientists could not agree on the “right” date of the many that were given by the various techniques. The author shows that a lot of the science related to the fossils and evolution is subjective.

Buried Alive by Jack Cuozzo
The author, an orthodontist, went all over Europe into the back rooms of the largest museums and examined actual fossil skulls of Neanderthals. Most museums only have cast copies of the skulls and most scientists have never seen a real one. He got permission to x-ray the skulls and there are pictures in the book. He shows that the skulls have been put together improperly with the jaw jutting out. Because of the belief in evolution the jaw has been put in a more ape like fashion in all Neanderthal skulls. Then, these improperly assembled skulls were copied and sent museums all over the world.

The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
The author was an atheist journalist. When his wife became a Christian he went all over the USA and interviewed scientists and others about why they believed in God. After a period of time he came to believe in God and became a Christian, too. This book has the interviews that convinced him. Two of the men he interviewed, Jonathan Wells (Icons of Evolution) and Michael Behe (Darwin’s Black Box), wrote books that are on this reading list. My story is similar to Strobel’s. I was so excited to see that God’s existence can be proven scientifically I made this website to tell others.

 Darwin on Trial by Phillip E. Johnson
The author is a law professor who examines the evidence for evolution and determines whether it would hold up in a court of law.


Darwin’s Black Box by Michael J. Behe
The author is a biochemist at Lehigh University. He examines the cell close up and describes all of the inner workings. He compares the cell to a large city with food delivery and trash pickup. He coins the term “irreducible complexity” and concludes that life on earth was intelligently designed.

 Darwin’s Enigma by Luther D. Sunderland
In 1859, in the book Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin said: “Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms”. Now over 100 years later, Sutherland wrote letters to at the world’s largest museums and asked each one what fossils of transitional forms they had in their collections. None of the paleontologists had a fossil of a transitional form.

Dinosaurs by Design by Duane T. Gish, PhD
This book talks about all the major types of dinosaurs. It also talks about how dinosaurs fit in with creation, flood legends and dragon legends. It concludes that dinosaurs were created in the beginning with all other life. Dinosaurs were originally called dragons but started to die off after the flood and were rediscovered years later after people forgot about dragons.

The Encyclopedia of Animals by Dr. George McKay, et al
This book states that the evolutionary relationship of animals is based upon the classification of the animals. This book also states that the classification of animals is based upon the opinion of the classifier. In math class one learns that if A is equal to B and B is equal to C then A is equal to C. Therefore, the evolutionary relationship of animals is based upon opinion, not science. It is interesting to note that the person who invented the animal classification system, Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), was a creationist who listed the major types of animals that would have been on Noah’s Ark. It had nothing to do with evolution.

Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No! by Duane T. Gish
The author has a PhD in biochemistry. He publishes frequently in scientific journals. He examines the fossils and determines that each animal fossil is of a type of animal that still exists, mammal, bird, fish, etc. There is not the seamless progression of transitional fossils from one type to another that Charles Darwin said that his theory requires.

Fossils: Key to the Present by Richard B. Bliss, Gary E. Parker, Duane T. Gish
This book is a shortened version of the book Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No. When I read this book I still believed that evolution explained all life on earth. This is the first book I read when I finally agreed to read a book recommended to me by my creationist friends.

Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells, Jody F. Sjogren
This book talks about the supposed evidence for evolution as taught in text books. The author describes in detail the Miller-Urey experiment, Darwin’s tree of life, Darwin’s finches, the horse series, Haeckel’s embryos, peppered moths, and several other topics. This author is one of the men interviewed in the book above entitled The Case for a Creator

Genesis and the Decay of the Nations by Ken Ham
This book describes the effects that the belief in evolution has had on the world.

The Genesis Debate Edited by Ronald F. Youngblood
The format of this book is of a debate. It presents different sides of the issues of creation including the length of creation days, the age of the earth and the flood of Noah.

The Genesis Flood by John C. Whitcomb and Henry Morris
This book examines the possibility of the flood of Noah from a scientific viewpoint. Topics include flood geology, radiometric dating methods, paleontology and many others.

The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris
This book is a verse by verse commentary on the entire Bible book of Genesis by a creationist who is a scientist.  


The God Who is Real by Henry Morris
This is a very short but powerful little book written by a scientist. It gives many scientific reasons to believe in God. This is one of the first books I read about creation.

In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation Edited by John F. Ashton PhD.
Read "In Six Days" Online
This might be my favorite of all the books on this list. The editor compiled papers by fifty scientists. Each scientist gives the reasons why he believes that God created the universe, the earth, plants and animals in six days as the Bible book of Genesis describes. It has detailed scientific explanations. There is a sequel to this book entitled On the Seventh Day which is listed below.

In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood by Walt Brown, PhD
The author has a Ph.D. from MIT. This book describes the evidence for creation in the life sciences and earth sciences. This entire book is available to read online in this website: In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood

The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham
This short book discusses holes in the evidence for the theory of evolution. It also talks about the effects the belief in evolution has on society.

Many Infallible Proofs by Henry M. Morris
This book has many scientific evidences for the belief in God. It discusses evidence for a world wide flood which caused the fossil record and the large amount of buried foliage that became gas, coal and oil. It has a chapter on The Bible and Science which lists things that were in the Bible before science knew about it, including the circulation of blood, the water cycle, the shape of the earth and the number of stars. The Bible verses for each are listed.

Men of Science/Men of God by Henry M. Morris
This fascinating book has biographies of founders of modern science who believed the Biblical creation. Biographies include da Vinci, Kepler, Pascal, Galileo, Brahe, Copernicus, Newton, Faraday, Babbage, Morse, Mendel, Pasteur, Kelvin, Lister and Carver. All these men were men of science but they all believed that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Modern Science and an Ancient Text By Don Kopp
This book is written by somebody with a love of science who believed in evolution. He decided to look at the Bible with a scientifically critical eye. He says “if a book that old didn’t have anything supernatural going for it, scientific inquiry should be able to discover it.” He ended up believing that the Bible was true

On the Seventh Day Edited by John F. Ashton PhD.
This is the sequel to the book In Six Days discussed above. Forty scientists and academics explain why they believe in God

Origin by Design by Harold Coffin
This book has many evidences of the holes in the theory of evolution. Topics include fossil evidence and radiometric dating.

Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
I have made a separate page for this book. Surprisingly, Charles Darwin gives a lot of evidence against evolution. I have put some excerpts on this page. The Origin of Species

Origin of Life by Richard B. Bliss
This book shows the complexity of life, that it is much to complex to have happened by chance.

Refuting Evolution by Jonathan Sarfati Read Refuting Evolution Online
This book addresses various scientific problems with the theory of evolution.

Refuting Evolution 2 by Jonathan Sarfati Read Refuting Evolution 2 Online
This book primarily is an answer to the Public Broadcasting System series entitled "Evolution". As he did in his earlier book above, the author points out the scientific problems with the theory of evolution.

The Remarkable Record of Job by Dr. Henry Morris
This book is both a devotional and a scientific examination of the book of Job in the Bible. The book of Job talks both about the Ice Age and two types of dinosaurs.

Science and the Bible by Henry M. Morris
The author shows that, contrary to popular opinion, the Bible is compatible with science and gives many examples from both the biological and physical sciences.

Scientific Analysis of Genesis by Edward F. Blick
The author shows that the Bible book of Genesis is compatible with science.

Scientific Creationism by Henry M Morris, PhD
This author describes the physical and biolgical evidence used to support evolution and shows that it is more compatible with creation.

Weapons of our Warfare by Dr. John Morris, Doug Phillips, Esq.
This is a wonderful little book. It answers the twenty most common questions about creation. It has recently been republished under the title: "Straight Answers to Tough Questions" and is available from http://www.icr.com

Why Not Creation by Walter E. Lammerts
This book covers some of the most compelling arguments for creation and against evolution.

The World that Perished by John C. Whitcomb
This book is a scientific examination of the flood of Noah. It concentrates on the geological evidence with supports a massive, destructive worldwide flood.

The Young Earth by John D. Morris, PhD
The author, a geological engineer, describes the geological systems of the earth and shows that they have been made within thousands, not millions, of years.


Online Resources

The following items may be read in their entirety online: Online resources

Online Books

The Answers Book
In Six Days: Why 50 Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation
One Blood: The Biblical Answer to Racism
Refuting Evolution
Refuting Evolution 2
Why Won’t They Listen?

Online Booklets

Adam’s Rib: Creation & the Human Body
Does Carbon Dating Disprove the Bible?
Evidence for a Young World
Is There Intelligent Life in Outer Space?
The Seven C’s of History
Six Days or Millions of Years?
Where Did Cain Get His Wife?
Where Did the ‘Races’ Come From?
What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?
Why Is There Death & Suffering

Online Videos

Online Creation Videos

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