Will Rogers goes to the middle east to find...steel???
The whole movie is just a great farce. You have Will Rogers as American razor blade magnate Earl Tinker in search of the world's finest steel in a place that virtually has none - the Middle East. He's sailing across the ocean to talk to the tribes that make the steel, but he wants his competitors in the razor blade business to think this is a pleasure trip. Dorothy Peterson is his justifiably suspicious wife and Peggy Ross is his daughter. In a throwaway but amusing role, considering how things turned out, you have Joel McCrea as a whiny failed stuck-up playwright who eventually courts Earl's daughter and actually plays a big part in saving the day. Jetta Goudal plays the femme fatale who pretends to have an eye for Earl but actually works for his competitor and just wants to know what his business plans are. Earl loves his wife but he's flattered such a mysterious lady seems to have an interest in him.
Towards the end of the film you get to see Boris Karloff as a sheik. He made this after Frankenstein but before his other Universal horror films.
Although the part of plutocrat would seem an odd role for Rogers, he still inserts much of his homespun humor, including a bit on the radio in which he gets a few zingers in at Congress. It's one of the few Will Rogers films that Fox never put on DVD, probably because it is such an odd role for Will Rogers. I'd definitely recommend this one if it ever comes your way.
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