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The Story of Will Rogers (1952)

The homespun humorist and social critic starts as a cowboy and goes on to vaudeville, movies, radio.

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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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26 July 1952 (USA)  »

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A História de Will Rogers  »

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"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 »

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Edited from Rhapsody in Blue (1945) See more »

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Liebestraum No. 3
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Music by Franz Liszt
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He Never Met A Man He Didn't Like
1 June 2011 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See 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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