Sit back, relax and imagine it’s 1924 at the movies when the words were a subtitle on the screen and the music was provided by a pianist at stage left.
Will Rogers made his first movie in 1918, a silent, Laughing Bill Hyde. In 1924 and several silent movies later, he starred as Alfalfa Doolittle in a trilogy that focused on politics, one of his favorite topics.
Three short silent movies will be showing at Movie Night at the Museum on Sept. 28 in the Will Rogers Memorial Museum Theatre. Ray Teakell, accomplished pianist who plays piano and organ at First Christian Church of Claremore, will play accompanying movie music.
These movies will prove to be as hilariously funny as the ones with Will’s “Indian Territory” twang. “With our country in the middle of political season, this movie is timely and very fun. I think everyone will enjoy it,” said Tad Jones, Museum executive director.
Going to Congress, the first of the three, is Doolittle’s experiences as seen through the eyes of Will Rogers on campaigning and the election. Our Congressman tells of his character’s family, their social errors and relationship with newspaper reporters. A Truthful Liar finds him back home recounting his political escapades, ending in a scene when he calls himself out to prove his truthfulness.
Sponsored by RCB Bank, doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with popcorn and drinks. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. and last about an hour. Admission is free.