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Exploring England with Will Rogers (1927)

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Will Rogers, America's unofficial ambassador abroad, invites us to rural England. He starts at Windsor Castle, and we see the boys at Eton in their top hats. He motors past the oak trees of... See full summary »

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Will Rogers, America's unofficial ambassador abroad, invites us to rural England. He starts at Windsor Castle, and we see the boys at Eton in their top hats. He motors past the oak trees of the king's riding park, where he strolls up to deer. Then it's on to Thomas Gray's churchyard and to a thatched cottage. Rogers buys 'hollyhawks' from a vendor, stops at Ascot, and goes to Hampton Court Palace to see Henry VIII's private garden and the first tennis court. He concludes with a boat ride down the 'Temms' past country estates, elaborate house boats, and picnicking punters. A stop at a riverside hotel for tea ends the tour. Rogers makes wry observations throughout. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Hayseed Looking at Thatched Roofs
29 September 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

With his sharp wit, hayseed manner and love of travel, Will Rogers was a natural for travelogues, and he did a dozen or so on a trip to Europe in the late 1920s. This one starts out in Windsor Castle and then into the cultivated gardens of England, with some beautiful compositions that look like carefully dressed studio sets -- until you see the wind ruffling the leaves and the waves on the water as you watch punters row up the Thames. It's a lovely look back on a way of life that has grown utterly alien to modern people. Mr. Rogers comments on what he sees, funny at first, then simply, amazed at the beauty.

This is one of the first run of movies preserved and restored by the new Packard Campus of the Library of Congress in Culpepper, Virginia. It's not your tax dollars at work, since David Packard paid for the operations. Thanks, David.


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