The Story of Will Rogers
|The Story of Will Rogers|
|Directed by||Michael Curtiz|
|Produced by||Robert Arthur|
|Starring||Will Rogers, Jr.
Noah Beery, Jr.
|Music by||Victor Young|
|Cinematography||Wilfred M. Cline|
|Edited by||Folmar Blangstead|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$2.65 million (US rentals)|
The Story of Will Rogers is a 1952 movie biography of humorist and movie star Will Rogers, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Will Rogers, Jr. as his father. The supporting cast features Jane Wyman, Slim Pickens, Noah Beery, Jr., Steve Brodie, and Eddie Cantor. Bing Crosby secretly made a screen test for the lead role available for viewing at the Paley Center for Media in New York City and Los Angeles but was deemed too different in persona from Rogers to play the part.
- Will Rogers, Jr. ... Will Rogers
- Jane Wyman ... Betty Blake 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 ... Sally Rogers, Will's sister
- Eddie Cantor ... Himself
- Frank Bank ... A youthful Will Rogers
The film depicts Rogers' father, Clem Rogers, as being part of the Oklahoma delegation at the 1932 Democratic National Convention, despite the fact that Clem Rogers had died in 1911.
- 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
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