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The Big Show (1936)

Passed  -  Action | Comedy | Music  -  16 November 1936 (USA)
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At the Texas Centennial in Dallas Autry confuses two girls by being himself and his own stunt double.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Gene Autry / Tom Ford
Smiley Burnette ...
Kay Hughes ...
Marion Hill
Sally Payne ...
Toodles Brown
William Newell ...
Lee Wilson
Max Terhune ...
Ventriloquist
Charles Judels ...
Swartz - Studio Head
Sons of the Pioneers ...
Musicians
The Jones Boys ...
Singers (as Jones Boys)
The Beverly Hillbillies ...
Musicians (as Beverly Hill Billies)
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Musicians (as Light Crust Dough Boys)
Champion ...
Champion - Studio Horse
Rex King ...
Fred Collins
Harry Worth ...
Tony Rico
Mary Russell ...
Mary
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Storyline

When cowboy star Tom Ford disappears, Wilson gets his double Gene Autry to impersonate him. But Ford owes gangster Rico $10,000 and Rico arrives to collect. He fails to get the money but learns that Autry is an impersonator and now blackmails Wilson and his movie studio. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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double | texas | cowboy | centennial | cattle | See more »

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A Roundup of action actually filmed at the Texas Centennial!


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Release Date:

16 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Astro por Aclamação  »

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Runtime:

(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was cut to 54 minutes for television release in the mid-'50s and has only recently been restored to its original running time, thanks to the combined efforts of The Western Movie Channel, the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the University of California-Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

The Light Crust Doughboys and The Jones Boys appear in the credits, but do not appear in the shortened (54 minutes) version, but along with some additional action they appear in the original (71 minutes) movie. See more »

Quotes

Gene Autry: I don't mind being run over in stampedes, falling off cliffs, or fighting wild animals; but when a bunch of women tear my clothes off, I quit!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Nobody's Darlin' But Mine
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Jimmie Davis
Performed by Gene Autry and Sons of the Pioneers
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Buh bye Champion…
2 April 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

This was almost a guilty pleasure to like. Gene Autry plays.. Gene Autry, a stunt double for the famous cowboy Tom Ford in his movies. When Ford skips town to go fishing, his agent is in a pickle as Ford is scheduled to work the Texas National Exposition1 The agent gets a brilliant idea to send Autry instead, since they are EXACTLY alike. Well almost.. You see when Autry arrives in Dallas for the fair, he is caught singing and is put on the fair's radio for all to hear! This radio station is broadcast everywhere! Everyone hears it! The Hollywood studio where Ford works is amazed and wants to book singing cowboy pictures! Problem is.. Other people hear it too.. Like underworld types Ford owes money to and, well, Ford himself! Again, I have no idea why I found this as enjoyable as it was. Probably the main thing was the originality's of the darn thing. I mean, we find out how cowboy films are made! I wonder if Gene Autry, who is playing a stunt man, had a stunt man for his stunt scenes? (He risked life and death though, playing certain "danger" scenes in front of a laughably fake screen). I also loved the fact that they shot ½ the movie at the actual fair itself. I guess they had a wild west show there. LOVE the song he sings at the show when he sings about shooting his injured horse, Champion. I mean, THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!


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