This exhibition featured film stills and publicity materials from Casablanca, Mission to Moscow, and Confessions of a Nazi Spy, a movie that prompted a Senate investigation in 1941. Betty Warner Sheinbaum, Harry Warner’s daughter, offered these comments at the exhibition opening.
Betty Warner Sheinbaum offers a heartfelt tribute to the movie achievements and American ideals of her father, Harry Warner. At his urging, Warner Bros was the first studio to close its German office due to the rise of Nazism. Back home, Harry championed political films to raise awareness in the U.S. of the dangers of fascism.
This essay brings to light treasures from the USC Warner Bros. Archives and explores one studio’s profound commitment to the battle against anti-Semitism and fascism in the U.S. and abroad.
USC History Professor Steven J. Ross tells the exciting story behind Warner Bros. 1939 release, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, which became a milestone in American cinema as the first major studio production to take an explicit stand on foreign policy and warn about the dangers of a specific regime.
Communication Professor Nancy Snow details the moral obligation Harry Warner felt to support American values and fight Axis powers, the attacks on him by other Americans, and the benefits and risks that resulted from his close connection to FDR.