Will Rogers Collection, Vol. 2 (Ambassador Bill / David Harum / Mr. Skitch / Too Busy to Work)
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"Too Busy to Work," a drama with comedy highlights, will bemuse anyone who doesn't appreciate that Rogers played the "Jubilo" character in several movies throughout his career, this movie being the culmination and apothesis of them all, right down to the little jig step in Jubilo's stride. "David Harum" has as much sentiment but even more comedy and is a lot of fun to watch, no matter what your opinion of Stepin Fetchit.
"Ambassador Bill" weaves uneasily between sentimental comedy and broader, "Duck Soup"-style political satire that finally (and thankfully) predominates in the last third of the movie.
As with Volume 1, there are some good extra features included, the most interesting being the "He Chews to Talk" featurette with the famous "unemployment relief" speech. Any Rogers collection is better than none, but if we're only going to get one or two more of these, let's do Will proud and collect "Dr. Bull," "Judge Priest," "The County Chairman," and "State Fair."
The first movie in this set is a short and fun one. Ambassador Bill shows off all of the charms of the legendary Rogers with great ease. His trademark personality brings about plenty of humor in the film. There is nothing really important in this movie, but it is an enjoyable way to pass the time. Bill Harper (Rogers) is the US Ambassador to Sylvania, a troubled country in the midst of a revolution. The former ambassador has suffered a nervous breakdown, so the US sends Bill to take over the job. The elite in Sylvania are corrupt individuals intent on taking power, and Bill is an unwanted foil to their plans. The young king (Tad Alexander) quickly takes to Ambassador Bill; the two play baseball together. The queen (Marguerite Churchill) appreciates his efforts to reunite her with the abdicated king (Ray Milland), although she fights the reconciliation. Although Bill's manners do not mesh well in Sylvania, he charms many people there, and the powerful abhor him. To get rid of him once and for all, they plant a beautiful young girl (Greta Nissen) in his room and hope for the best.
Too Busy To Work is the best film of the lot, an excellent example of just how good Rogers could be. Here he plays Jubilo, a man who roams the world and refuses to work. His life's ambition is to find the man that charmed his wife away from him while he was away at war.Read more ›
"Ambassador Bill" (1931) is an early Rogers vehicle as he plays the title role. Sent to a foreign country and at first, shocking the officials with his down-home diplomacy & etiquette, he then teaches its boy-king how to be a regular boy. The friendship between Rogers & the boy-king is quite touching, Rogers briefly shows off his rope tricks, and even a young Ray Milland is in the cast! "Too Busy To Work" (1932) has Rogers re-prising the role of Jubilo the bum, which he first played in the silent era. It's a balance of comedy & drama as Rogers plays a seemingly ineffectual & "lazy" drifter who winds up affecting everyone around him. Its closing shot of Rogers strolling down a country road to his next adventure is strikingly reminiscent of Chaplin's ending in "Modern Times". "Mr. Skitch" (1933) begins with echoes of the Depression era as Rogers & family lose their their home, load up the jalopy, and travel from Missouri to California to start over. This gives Rogers opportunity to converse with several interesting characters en route. "David Harum" (1934) has Rogers at his eccentric best as a bank owner/horse trader who affects the lives of a new bank employee & his object of affections during the 1890's. Its climax is memorable as Rogers discovers his horse loves song during a harness race, and before you know it, the entire crowd is singing along!
What's so enchanting about these films is that all Rogers had to do is play himself, while everything else took a back seat or just coasted along.Read more ›
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Will Rogers' movies are timeless...we love every one of them! These movies are funny, clever, and sometimes pull at your heart. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rita Brundage
Will Rogers is a forgotten person to most, so this movie boxset of 4 of his early 1930s set me back under $9, tax included. Quite a discount from the original retail price of $60. Read morePublished 11 months ago by G. Reiss
The great Will Rogers is a pleasure to watch. His natural ability in front of a camera is pure joy. No special effects or car chases or super hero's. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Fred Baetz
Very good collection of Will Rogers. My family and friends have thoroughly enjoyed this.
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Will Rogers was a real person of genuine warmth who had a talent for comedy. Arguably, he was the most popular American during the 1930's. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Glen R. Scutt
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"Too Busy to Work"
Here's the plot of this 1932 comedy: Will Rogers lost his wife to... Read more
America's beloved cowboy-philospher Will Rogers is remembered today for a few famous comments on American life and public affairs: "I never met a man I didn't like" and "I'm not a... Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by ronfpugh
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