Cinema: Cut-Rate Dreams

On a midsummer evening just 20 years ago this week, Warner Brothers decided—very cagily, as it turned out—that sound movies were here to stay.* When the public wholeheartedly agreed, the rest of Hollywood scrambled aboard the bandwagon.

"You Ain't Heard Nothin1 Yet." The four Warner boys—Harry, Jack, Abe and Sam (now dead)—were sons of a Polish immigrant who became an Ohio butcher. About 1905 the brothers got hold of a projection machine and began to pick up a few dollars exhibiting The Great Train Robbery. Then they acquired a nickelodeon in New Castle, Pa....

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