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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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He Put a Grin on the Face of the World! 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

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Soundtracks

Frühlingslied, Op. 62, No. 6 (Spring Song)
(uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played during the Fannie Brice segment
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Hollywood's Cowboy
23 September 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

Both Michael Curtiz and his longtime employer, Warner Brothers, showed a flair for biographies, and this one has been somewhat underrated. The story is the familiar one of the rise of a young man from obscurity to worldwide fame, and there are really no surprises here. Audiences at the time the movie came out (1952) probably knew much about Rogers' life anyway, though he is nowadays an almost forgotten figure. This movie is solid entertainment, nicely photographed in color, and Will Rogers, Jr. gives an excellent, engaging performance as his father. It is basically a series of cliches, which, once once accepts the premise, one can thoroughly delight in, as I did, as the skill with which such material is handled constitutes the pleasure of watching such a predictable movie as this.

Rogers was a huge star in vaudeville on Broadway and in the movies. He was also a newspaper columnist and radio commentator, and hugely popular in his day. His homespun humor has dated badly, but the rough and tumble world he came out of is fascinating to see recreated on screen. There are nice ironies in the movie, among them, Rogers' move from the "real west" (Oklahoma) to the "false west" (Hollywood). I also like the casting of the refined, almost patrician actor, Carl Benton Reid, as Rogers' father. The arrival of barnstorming aviator who lands literally in Rogers' backyard, is stunningly filmed, and one can't help get a lump in one's throat as soon as one learns his name: Wiley Post.


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