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Samuel L Warner
Male 1887 - 1927

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  • Birth  10 Aug 1887  Baltimore, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  5 Oct 1927  Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: pneumonia 
    Person ID  I2347  DanielDuVal
    Last Modified  26 Jun 2007 
    Family  Lena Copeland Baskette,   b. 19 Apr 1907, San Mateo, San Mateo, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1994, Wheeling, Ohio, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  4 Jul 1925 
    Type: Death of one spouse 
    Notes  Married:
    • Sam Warner's own marriage parallels Jakie's in The Jazz Singer; although he died some time before Hollywood's response to sound would be articulated, he embodies the other strand of The Jazz Singer's story and something of the industry's ultimate return to the white, unethnically marked images of its pre-talkie days. In The Jazz Singer Jakie's final break with his Jewish past is represented by his romance with Mary (May McAvoy), the all-American gentile co-star of his Broadway show. The story reflects a generational split within the Warner family itself. Harry was extremely conscious of his Jewishness and aware of the need to do constant battle against anti-Semitism. Sam, on the contrary, not only allowed his Jewishness to go unmarked, but to the horror of his family married Lina Basquette, a gentile and a Ziegfeld girl half his age whom he saw on stage at the Follies during the trip to New York in which Harry decided "Sam's toy phonograph" would be the future of moving pictures. Lina and Mary epitomise the whiteness Hollywood would return to after the crisis of the transition to sound. This crisis was followed by the Wall Street crash, which hit the entertainment business hard, most of all its fledgling black consumer market. The black performers signed up to do vaudeville shorts and even, for a short period, features represented some of the best in showbusiness but not for Hollywood.
     1. Lita Baskette Warner
    Last Modified  26 Jun 2007 
    Family ID  F542  Group Sheet


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