Brown, Bernard B.

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

(d. 1981)

    Along with Norman Spencer, musical director at Schlesinger’s studio from 1933-36, between the tenures of Frank Marsales and Carl Stalling.

    Brown had been instrumental in convincing Jack Warner to convert to sound-on-film in favour of the synchronised-disk Vitaphone system. Brown would later develop a ten-track sound system for the film 100 Men and a Girl (1937). He was also the first sound engineer to use a separate recording room for singers, pioneering film dubbing techniques.

    The obituary for Brown in Variety notes that he won an Oscar in 1940 for When Tomorrow Comes in the Sound Recording category, won one additional unspecified Oscar, received 11 nominations, and 3 technical achievement awards. His obituary does not refer to his cartoon work.

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