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

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A Roundup of action actually filmed at the Texas Centennial!


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16 November 1936 (USA)  »

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The Big Show  »

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(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Almost all the scenes were filmed on location at the (then) brand-new Fair Park in Dallas, TX, which served as the location of the 1936 Texas Centennial and has served as the location of the Texas State Fair since. Many of the buildings in the film still exist in what has been called the largest collection of art deco buildings in the world. Also seen is the Gulf Radio Studios building (this is not the WRR Studios; WRR is the only city-owned radio station in the country and still broadcasts from new studios adjacent to Science Place II). The lagoon was pretty barren back then, and Dallas trolley cars which served downtown at the time had just been expanded to Fair Park to service the Centennial. The Cotton Bowl, which was constructed in 1930 and renamed The Cotton Bowl for the Centennial, is seen briefly in the background as Gene Autry rides out of the Cavalcade set in the chase scene. 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

Lee Wilson: Now you have made a mess of things. You know Ford can't sing a note!
Gene Autry: Don't blame me, blame Collins.
Lee Wilson: Oh, I could ring his neck for this!
Fred Collins: [Collins enters] They're clamoring for an encore, Mr. Ford. Will you do another song?
Gene Autry: I'd be glad to.
Fred Collins: He's a sensation, and you've got me to thank for it!
Lee Wilson: Thanks.
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Soundtracks

Wild and Wooly West
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Performed by Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Sally Payne, Sons of the Pioneers and Max Terhune (through his dummy)
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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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