The history of Warner Brothers in 12 films, Part II: The ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

I recently wrote Part 1 to this wonderful series ‘A history of Warner Bros in 12 films’, in which I featured the early decades of this great studio. Part 2 of this series is written by my friends and colleagues Sean Munger and Cody Climer. I think its safe to say we had a lot of fun putting this series together. I hope you will enjoy our choice of films that we believe briefly sum up Warner Bros. Please tell us what some of your favourites are, or what you believe would have also been worthy of making this list. Enjoy.

SeanMunger.com

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This is the second in a 3-part series, a collaborative effort by Sean Munger, Robert Horvat and Cody Climer, to profile 12 influential films in the history of Warner Brothers. The first installment is here. This article is by Cody Climer (covering 1950s and 60s) and Sean Munger (covering 1970s).

The middle decades of Warner Brothers history are an example of the transition through which the American film industry as a whole went between the 1950s and the 1970s. Now challenged by television–which many people thought at first would kill off the film industry entirely–movies had to reinvent themselves to remain relevant and popular, and they by no means had a lock on the attention of audiences. Our contributors chose these films to represent how Warners, and Hollywood itself, strove to adapt to new circumstances.

Strangers on a Train (1951) 

Strangers on a Train is the first adaption of a…

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