“In my wildest imagination, I had never thought that the wanderlust of my mother had rubbed off on me. But I soon developed a restlessness that kept me on the go; fortunately for me I was always able to hustle some grub and a place to sleep. I became good at my job, but not wanting to limit myself as a parlour-house professor, I decided to try my luck in cabarets, which today would be considered honky tonks, singing the songs of Uncle Esau’s people, as well as songs I had picked up from the cowboys on the trail, and the parlour-house “blues.” I became an itinerant entertainer, and my wanderings took me all over the country.”
Warner Brothers debuted Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Petunia Pig in Porky’s Duck Hunt.
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.
The Warner Brothers in 1926 (from left to right): Sam, Harry, Jack and Albert.
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.”