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Jack Warner

Jack Warner (1892–1978) was a Canadian-born American film executive who was the president and driving force behind the Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Warner's 45-year career was longer than that of any other traditional Hollywood studio mogul. He worked with his brother, Sam Warner, to procure the technology for the film industry's first talking picture. Although Warner was feared by many of his employees and inspired ridicule with his uneven attempts at humor, he earned respect for his shrewd instincts and toughmindedness. He recruited many of Warner Bros.' top stars and promoted the hard-edged social dramas for which the studio became known. Although he was a staunch Republican, Warner encouraged film projects that promoted the agenda of Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. He speedily grasped the threat posed by European fascism and criticized Nazi Germany well before America's involvement in World War II. During the postwar era Warner supported an anti-Communist crusade that culminated in the "blacklisting" of Hollywood directors, actors, screenwriters, and technicians. Despite his controversial public image, Warner remained a force in the motion picture industry until his retirement in the early 1970s. (more...)

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The Ursus C-451 was a popular model of tractor, manufactured by the Ursus Factory, based on the German Lanz Bulldog D9506. Production of the original model, the C-45, began in 1946, and was replaced by the improved C-451 in 1954. Ursus discontinued the model in 1959, and the design was then sold to Mechanical Plant in Gorzów Wielkopolski.

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