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


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 <>

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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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Tom Ford: It's Autry's voice allright. He's got alot of nerve impersonating me! I'll sue him. I'll sue the company. Schwartz is gonna hear from me about this. Pack up; we're going back!
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Travelin' Along
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Performed by The Light Crust Doughboys
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One of the best of the Gene Autry Movies
18 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Big Show is about the most enjoyable to watch of all his movies for several reasons: One, Mr. Autry plays a double role. Two, there is a lot of clever stunt work, including the famous under the coach and handover hand to the horses stunt. Three, The Big Show has a very different plot from the usual Autry Western. Four, The Big Show contains some very listen-able songs. Five, it is really fun to see Roy Rogers when he was still with the Sons of the Pioneers as Leanard Slye. Six, it is also fun to see behind the scenes of movie making, with some back views of the Republic lot. Seven, since this is an earlier Autry entry, Smiley Burnett is Mr. Autry's side kick rather than Pat Butram. Eight, it is exciting to see the Texas Centennial Celebration as a background. All in all, this is one is really fun.

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