All my life I wanted to be a bank robber. Carry a gun and wear a mask. Now that it’s happened I guess I’m just about the best bank robber they ever had.
And I sure am happy. ~John Dillinger
~Harry S. Truman on May 8, 1945
“This is not victory of a party or of any class. It’s a victory of the great British nation as a whole.” ~Winston Churchill on May 8, 1945
The cartoon includes drunk fish singing Moonlight Bay, written by Percy Wenrich and lyrics written by Edward Madden in 1912.
Albert, Sam, Harry and Jack L. Warner incorporated their fledgling movie company on April 4, 1923. On October 6, 1927, Warner Brothers released of the world’s first “talkie,” The Jazz Singer.
The brothers began their film business in 1903 as a traveling exhibition. Their first full-scale picture, My Four Years in Germany, premiered in 1918 and grossed $1.5 million.
Later in 1918, the Warner brothers purchased property at 5842 Sunset Boulevard for $25,000. With Harry as president and Albert as treasurer, guiding the company’s finances, Sam and Jack focused on production.
Their projects included The Beautiful and Damned, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. Fitzgerald wrote the adaptation. In 1924, they created the world’s first “four-legged superstar,” Rin Tin Tin, whose money making movies helped Warner Brothers pay their expenses.
Leon Schlesinger Studios, founded in 1933, created the animated film shorts that were played before the feature film in movie theaters. Schlesinger sold his animation studio to Warner Brothers in 1944.
“That was always my experience– a poor boy in a rich town; a poor boy in a rich boy’s school; a poor boy in a rich man’s club at Princeton… However,
I have never been able to forgive the rich for being rich, and it has colored my entire life and works.”
~F. Scott Fitzgerald
Berlin Means Boys
Even before World War I, Berlin had a lively homosexual subculture. The Friedrichstadt and near had 38 Dielen and cabarets devoted to male homosexuals, and the numbers of clubs tripled after the collapse of the mark.
As early as the 1860s, physicians and psychiatrists asked if homosexuality was inborn or inherited, caused by unhealthy family dynamics, or acquired through exposure to an all-male environment.