Series: Will Rogers

Director: Rob Wagner
Producer: Hal Roach
Titles: Will Rogers
Photography: Thomas J. Crizer
Editor: Robert Doran

Stars: Will Rogers, Marie Mosquini, Molly Thompson
Company: Pathé Exchange
Released: 25 May 1924
Length: 2 reels
Production No.: R-11
Filming dates: January 19-30, 1924
Rating: 1/10

Going To Congress

A group of guys sit around a table discussing politics. In the light of recent government scandals, they suggest some candidates for their votes. One man, Alfalfa Doolittle (Will Rogers) is mentioned, but others shout down the suggestion on account of him being too lazy to do the job. More men discuss the situation in a grocery store where Doolittle is in attendence. They ask him if America will ever recognise Russia? "Not unless they shave", comes the reply. One of the men uses a booth to telephone Doolittle and suggests he be the man to run for Congress. Not realising he is being mocked, Doolittle excitedly tells the other men in the store of the conversation he just had.
Out on the campaign trail with his manager Will Stayes (Jack Ackroyd), Doolittle rallies a crowd and pitches his politics. After addressing a group of 'colored' people, people offer their babies for him to kiss, but he cuts it short when a black baby is presented. On an open-air stage, an opponent signals what the country needs, with Doolittle offering that what the country needs is rain - and he will personally see that it happens if he is elected. The crowd agree with him, much to the dismay of his political rivals. Alfalfa Doolittle wins the election and returns home to his family (wife Molly Thompson; daughter Marie Mosquini) as they prepare him for office with his new clothes.
Will Stayes shows up at the house and they leave for the train ride to Washington D.C. On the train Doolittle is questioned by fellow passengers over his policies. Eventually they arrive in Washington D.C. to a crowd of waiting people but they are more interested in talking to a movie star who is also getting off the train. Doolittle is largely overlooked by everybody until a bystander (Blanche Mehaffey) spots him. She kisses him, stealing his watch in the process. The next person Doolittle sees is a woman who asks him the time. The film ends with Doolittle walking up the steps to Congress.

Favourite bit
It's almost impossible to pick a favourite part from such a dreadful film, but I'll nominate the scene at the end when Doolittle goes to kiss the girl but looks behind him first to ensure his family aren't looking.

Copyrighted May 12, 1924.
This was the ninth film in the series to be released.
My opinion
Tedious. Simply mindnumbingly tedious. And you don't have to wait around too long for the next intertitle card to pop up on the screen either, to continously slow down the pace of the film. Boring isn't quite the word!

Will Rogers
Alfalfa Doolittle
Marie Mosquini
Doolittle daughter
Molly Thompson
Sarah Doolittle
Jack Ackroyd
Will Stayes, campaign manager
Lassie Lou Ahern
Girl kissed at campaign stop
William Gillespie
Richard Daniels
Sammy Brooks
Train passenger with pipe
Chet Brandenburg
Train passenger with cigar
Martin Wolfkeil
Train passenger
Fred Holmes
Blanche Mehaffey
Watch thief
Clara Guiol
Woman who asks the time
Chris Lynton
Store patron/Politician
Don Maines
Politician/Spectator/Train passenger
Silas D. Wilcox
Political opponent
Earl Mohan
Bull Wyoming
Sam Lufkin
Hugh Saxon
Country store patron
Jack Hill
Supporter in crowd
Lyle Tayo
Train passenger
Charles Lloyd
Politician/Train passenger
Charlie Hall
Farm boy in crowd


INTERTITLES (click image to enlarge)

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Tommie Hicks (help; identification of Marvin Loback - later challenged and corrected as Martin Wolfkeil)
Jorge Finkielman (lobby cards, glass slide)
Steve Rydzewski (identification of Martin Wolfkeil, Don Maines, Sam Lufkin)
Jesse Brisson (identification of Martin Wolfkeil, Don Maines, Sam Lufkin, Jack Hill, Lyle Tayo, Charles Lloyd, Clara Guiol, Fred Holmes)
Steve Massa & Brent Walker (identification of Hugh Saxon)
Sammy Brooks, Chet Brandenburg, Earl Mohan*, Chris Lynton*, Richard Daniels and Blanche Mehaffey were my own observations. (*confirmed by Jesse Brisson)
The IMDb lists Charlie Hall as being "farm boy in crowd" - it's hard to say whether that it is him or not (personal opinion)

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