Will Rogers and His Daredevil Movie

Will Rogers and His Daredevil Movie

by Vance Trimble
     
 

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From the flimsy wing of a World War Jenny biplane, Will Rogers is supposed to lasso Mary Pickford on the top of a small town water tower to rescue her from kidnappers who are about to throw her off. It happens in Oklahoma in 1922. This is the try-out for a si-lent movie stunt that meets rampant disaster.
On hand also are Mary's husband Douglas Fairbanks, W.C

Overview

From the flimsy wing of a World War Jenny biplane, Will Rogers is supposed to lasso Mary Pickford on the top of a small town water tower to rescue her from kidnappers who are about to throw her off. It happens in Oklahoma in 1922. This is the try-out for a si-lent movie stunt that meets rampant disaster.
On hand also are Mary's husband Douglas Fairbanks, W.C. Fields, one-eyed Wiley Post, daredevil aviator. Everything goes hay-wire. Dangerous . . . and sometimes a nail-biter!
Find out later about the five-dollar lawyer, and his dust devil Cupid. Stage center are a pretty Indian redhead and her 40 acres of baby sweet potatoes. A fresh, comedic celeb-rity tale.

Editorial Reviews

Daily Oklahoman
". . . Plenty of adventure . . . tantalizing subplots . . . blends small-town life, Hollywood characters . . . Besides Will Rogers, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbank, W.C. Fields, and bank robber Henry Starr."

--The Daily Oklahoman, September 2012

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014959063
Publisher:
Vance Trimble
Publication date:
08/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
238 KB

Meet the Author

Vance H. Trimble was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1960 in recognition of his exposé of nepotism and payroll abuse in the U.S. Congress. For this work, Trimblewas awarded the other two top prizes for "distinguished Washington correspondence," the Raymond Clapper and the Sigma Delta Chi, honoring him as a rarity in American journalism-- "a Triple Crown winner."
Born in Arkansas in 1913, Vance Trimble grew up in Oklahoma where at age 14 he became a cub reporter: on The Okemah Daily Leader. He went on to reporting and desk work on daily newspapers in Wewoka, Seminole, Muskogee, Okmulgee, and Tulsa.
During the Depression, Trimble freelanced as a typewriter\adding machine repairman, traveling the South for a year in a rusty $35 1926 Chevy.
In 1955, Trimble was promoted from managing editor of The Houston Press to news editor of the Scripps-Howard national bureau in Washington, D.C.
"I grew a little restless by my desk job," says Trimble. "In Houston, I was under deadline pressure, working fast. My new job seemed to slow. So in my spare time, I began roaming Capitol Hill."
Soon his digging unearthed scandalous nepotism and payroll shenanigans in Congressional offices. The Scripps-Howard news wire planted his daily stories on page ones from New York to San Francisco. These exclusives continued for six months. TIME magazine admiringly profiled him as "The Digger on Capitol Hill." The cheating revelations outraged the public. Because of this grass roots outcry, the U. S. Senate, voted to relax its secrecy on office payrolls. In its page 1 headline, The Washington Daily News hailed this as "A Victory for the Taxpayers and Vance Trimble."
Trimble is author of 13 hardcover books, the first being a history of hyperbaric medicine. Others include bios of Sam Walton, FedEx's Fred Smith, publisher E.W. Scripps, baseball commissioner "Happy" Chandler.

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