A similar photograph appears in the Los Angeles Times, 8/23/1935, with the caption: "World Pays Solemn Homage to Will Rogers in Final Rites at Forest Lawn; Thousands, in silent reverence, filed past the bier where Will Rogers lay beneath a flag of flowers to pay him final honor."
Description accompanying negative: Scene of the memorial services for Will Rogers held at the departed star's own studio, 20th Century-Fox, at whose Movietone City plant in Westwood Hills 2,500 of the star's co-workers gathered in the open air to pay their final tribute. Stars, directors, executives and laborers joined in common grief as George Jessel, famed star of sage and screen, Jason Joy, studio executive, and the Reverend Josiah Hopkins eulogized the nation's idol [ark no. 21198/zz002d96wf ].
Edward E. Spence, Beverly Hills mayor, and Norman H. Pabst fly the flag at half mast at City Hall as a gesture of reverence upon news of the August 15th death of Will Rogers. All businesses in the city closed at 1:00 pm as well
A column of mourners lined up behind a rope guideline to pay tribute to Will Rogers at the entrance to Forest Lawn with the duck pond, heron fountain and Red Cross first aid tent in the background on the right.
Funeral of Will Rogers at Forest Lawn with an honor guard of 8 enlisted men from the Seventeenth Attack Group, of General Headquarters, First Wing, March Field, attending the casket, which is draped with a floral American flag. The guard was changed every half hour. A column of mourners behind a rope barrier passes the casket.