In 1934, “David Harum” was on the “Honor Roll of Best Pictures.” Bette Brandin Rogers, Will’s granddaughter, said it was her favorite. Part of that might be because one of the main characters was Noah Beery Sr, well known to Will’s family.
“David Harum,” is real-life Will-like, and will show for Will Rogers Movie Night Friday, June 28. Doors open at 6:30, the movie begins at 7. Admission is free and refreshments will be served, compliments of Bank of Commerce.
Set before the turn of the century, the shrewd, homely, small-town banker, after hours is a horse trader. He has a longstanding contest to beat Deacon Perkins at horse-trading, after Deacon sold him a blind horse.
The fight is on when Harum finds his blind horse has special powers when “sung to.” He enters the race and beats Deacon’s best horse.
Co-Star Evelyn Venable, who played in “County Chairman” and was married to Hal Mohr, cinematographer in three of Will’s movies. She was in Claremore in 1975 and sent two days speaking at Claremore Jr. College, Oologah High School, Rotary Club and Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch and the Pocahontas Club reception.