Movie Star

  • Will Rogers' first movie was "Laughing Bill Hyde," released in 1918.

  • Ahead of his time, in his 1922 production "The Ropin' Fool," Will used shoe polish to make his ropes show up better on film and slow motion footage so audiences could truly see his rope tricks in action.

  • Will made the move to "talkies," motion pictures with sound, in 1929 with the release of "They Had To See Paris." He was one of the few silent movie stars to successfully transition to talkies.

  • "In Old Kentucky" was Will's last movie, it and "Steamboat Round the Bend" were both released after his death.

  • Will made more than 70 films during his career and at the time of his death, he was the top male motion picture box office star.

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