Charles R. Rogers
SIMPP Member (1945-1957)
slide advertisement for the Goldwyn Pictures release of Elinor Glyn's
controversial film "Three Weeks". (Aberdeen
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Industry veteran Charles R. Rogers also joined SIMPP at the end of World War
II. He entered the film industry as an independent exchange operator, and
purchased the New York states rights for the controversial smash hit Elinor
Glyn's Three Weeks (1924). Rogers served as sales manager at L. J.
Selznick's Select Pictures, and then as business partner with Hunt
Stromberg before Stromberg went to MGM. In 1928 First National offered him
an independent producer contract, and Charles Rogers launched his own company.
After moving his operation to the newly-formed RKO, he became temporary head of
production during an RKO management crisis in 1931.
When the Laemmles were ousted from Universal in 1935, Charles Rogers was
brought in to revive production. He is best remembered for producing Gregory La
Cava's My Man Godfrey (1936) and for originating the Deanna Durbin series
which carried the company through the tail end of the Great Depression. Rogers
returned to independent production in 1938, and by 1941 joined United Artists.
He was a well-respected member of SIMPP from 1945 until his fatal car accident
in 1957 at age 64.
Charles R. Rogers is not to be mistaken with actor-producer
Charles "Buddy" Rogers, the third husband of Mary Pickford.
Charles R. Rogers: "Charles R. Rogers,
Biography," (press release), September 4, 1940, AMPAS; "Injuries Fatal
To Film Producer Chas. R. Rogers," Hollywood Citizen-News, March 30,
1957; "Charles Rogers, Producer, 64, Dies," NYT, March 31,
1957; "Charles R. Rogers," DV, April 1, 1957.