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The cowboy being the quintessential symbol of America, and Roy Rogers being the “King of the Cowboys,” ipso facto: Roy Rogers is the king of America. At least, that imaginary America of undisputed good, triumphant right, and justice for all. Rogers ruled his kingdom with a genial smile, a twinkle in his eye, and a song in his heart. But Rogers also embodies another classic American trait: reinvention. The singing cowpoke was born not on the prairie but in Cincinnati—with the villainous name Leonard Slye. In the 1946 Republic film Home in Oklahoma, Rogers stars with saddle- and soul mate Dale Evans. The film was directed by William Witney, the John Ford of B Westerns. Also screening is Witney’s 1952 film Border Saddlemates, starring another singing cowboy, Rex Allen, and quintessential sidekick Slim Pickens. The films screen at 6:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (Dave Nuttycombe)