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The Story of Will Rogers (1952)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 26 July 1952 (USA)
The homespun humorist and social critic starts as a cowboy and goes on to vaudeville, movies, radio.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Frank Davis (screenplay), Stanley Roberts (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Will Rogers Jr. ... Will Rogers
Jane Wyman ... Betty Rogers
Carl Benton Reid ... Senator Clem Rogers
Eve Miller ... Cora Marshall
James Gleason ... Bert Lynn
Slim Pickens ... Dusty Donovan
Noah Beery Jr. ... Wiley Post
Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Foster
Steve Brodie ... Dave Marshall
Pinky Tomlin ... Orville James
Margaret Field Margaret Field ... Sally Rogers
Eddie Cantor ... Eddie Cantor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Todd Karns ... 1st Mechanic (scenes deleted)
Dub Taylor ... Actor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A film biography of American humorist Will Rogers of Oklahoma. It captures the highlights of his life from Oklahoma ranch life to traveling the world in search adventure and a life as a performer in vaudeville. Portrayed by Will Rogers, Jr. He has the sound and character to be his father--the Cherokee Kid, Will Rogers.

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All His Great Joy and Gol-Darned Greatness! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Will Rogers See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Janaury 12, 1953 with Will Rogers Jr. and Jane Wyman reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When Will Rogers leaves on his flight to Alaska in 1935 the plane that he and Wiley Post are flying is a Vultee BT-13 or -15 (depending on the engine used), an aircraft that didn't come into use until 1940. In the background as they are taking off are Boeing 377s (or C-97s), which debuted in the mid-1940s. See more »

Quotes

Will Rogers: Well it looks like the women are finally gonna get the vote. A lot of men say they shouldn't be trusted with it. Seems kind of silly to stop trustin' them now after eatin' their cookin' for 4000 years.
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Connections

Edited from Look for the Silver Lining (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
(uncredited)
Music by Eubie Blake
Played when the chorus line performs at Hammerstein's Victoria
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He Never Met A Man He Didn't Like
1 June 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This one is now out on DVD in the Warner Archives Collection. I saw this picture when it first came out - I was 11 at the time and I wanted to see if it held up in the ensuing 58 years, and I'm pleased to report it is just as entertaining and absorbing the second time around.

Such is not always the case. I did the same thing with "The High And The Mighty", and was disappointed at how trite and stagey the picture seemed when I saw it recently. But "Will Rogers" holds up, probably because it is a biography of a very famous American from the early part of the last century. Then as now, I was fascinated by what a dead ringer for his dad Will Rogers, Jr. was. I also think the movie benefited from a superior direction job.

Can I make one criticism? I didn't think Jane Wyman fit the part of a girlfriend/ wife from Oologah, Okla. She was too sophisticated, like a society chick from Riverside Drive who wouldn't bother with a bumpkin from Oologah. But that's just me.

In any case, this is worth buying and watching. I don't think it will be on TV any time soon as there are two scenes of Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson performing in blackface. Can't upset the PC crowd, you know.


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