Actor, Will Rogers, Succeeded in Silent Films and Talkies Essay

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The 1930s were known for many things, one of the biggest being the movement from silent films to “talkies” which is what the first films with script and other sound effects were called. When film was first being produced everything had to be acted out with no sound, meaning there was no music, talking, laugh track, nothing. While there were people who excelled at acting in silent films, not many were able to make the transition to talkies easily. However the ones who did, flourished. One such star was Will Rogers. He was a ranch hand, rodeo rider, vaudeville performer, film star, columnist and author, radio personality, pioneer of aviation, tireless master of ceremonies, friend to presidents, and unofficial ambassador of good will under …show more content…
The 1930s were known for many things, one of the biggest being the movement from silent films to “talkies” which is what the first films with script and other sound effects were called. When film was first being produced everything had to be acted out with no sound, meaning there was no music, talking, laugh track, nothing. While there were people who excelled at acting in silent films, not many were able to make the transition to talkies easily. However the ones who did, flourished. One such star was Will Rogers. He was a ranch hand, rodeo rider, vaudeville performer, film star, columnist and author, radio personality, pioneer of aviation, tireless master of ceremonies, friend to presidents, and unofficial ambassador of good will under three administrations. Known as the "Indian Cowboy" from the Cherokee Nation, Will was to become the most popular and best loved American of his time. William Penn Adair Rogers was born on November 4, 1879 at Rogers Ranch in what is now Oklahoma, originally being a part of Indian Territory called Oolagah. (The official site of Will Rogers. Web) His parents were Clement Vann Rogers and Mary Schrimsher, both of whom were the owners of Rogers Ranch. (The Almanac of American History. Page 445) He was the youngest of eight children, and was of Cherokee descent. (page 445) Working with cattle from a young age, Rogers learned to rope and ride quite well. He was placed in the Guinness Book of World Records for throwing three lassos at a time. One
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