Will Rogers

  • John G. Blystone – Too Busy to Work (1932)

    John G. Blystone1931-1940ComedyDramaUSA

    Plot: A depression-era tramp named Jubilo goes looking for the wife that left him. While on his journey, he meets an assortment of characters.Read More »

  • John Ford – Steamboat Round the Bend (1935)

    John Ford1931-1940ComedyDramaUSA

    “Steamboat ‘Round the Bend” was a personal project for Ford who saw the novel (Ford purchased the adaptation rights from writer Ben Lucien Burman) as a potential opportunity to work with his good friend Will Rogers. The pictures he directed at Fox were usually lighter affairs with a sustained focus on entertainment rather than art. Ford is generally not remembered for such films because his precise framing and noble themes brought him far more recognition and acclaim. Nevertheless, Ford still had the sense to know how to present a good comedy.Read More »

  • Clarence G. Badger – The Ropin’ Fool (1922)

    1921-1930Clarence G. BadgerSilentUSAWestern

    In Ropin’ Fool (1922) Rogers plays Ropes Reilly, a cowboy who ropes anything that moves until a lynch mob decides to use Reilly’s rope for a hanging party, with Reilly as the guest of honor. Motion Picture World wrote: “Plentiful use of slow motion photography shows how it is done and dispels any possible belief that the stunts are faked. No audience can help but marvel as Rogers throws a figure eight around a galloping horse, or lassoes a rat with a piece of string, or brings to term a cat melodiously inclined.” Later Rogers would wryly claim fame as America’s “Poet Lariat.”
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