They Had To See Paris

The first sound picture to feature Will Rogers, and although he appeared in several silents, none offered him the chance to display what this great American folk hero was most popular for, his wit. There is plenty on display in this farce about an Oklahoman who suddenly finds himself a very wealthy man when oil is discovered on his property. At the insistence...read more

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The first sound picture to feature Will Rogers, and although he appeared in several silents, none offered him the chance to display what this great American folk hero was most popular for, his wit. There is plenty on display in this farce about an Oklahoman who suddenly finds himself a

very wealthy man when oil is discovered on his property. At the insistence of his wife, Rich, he and the family head for Paris, buy a large chateau, and try to adapt to a new lifestyle. Though Rich has a ball playing at being a socialite, Rogers finds the new climate exceedingly tiresome and longs

for his simple life back in the good old US. The film--which was also released in a silent version, with titles by Wilbur J. Morse Jr., for theaters that had not yet converted to sound--was unanimously rated among the top ten films by critics of the time. Background shooting was done in Rogers'

real adoptive hometown, Claremore, Oklahoma.

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