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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 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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A Roundup of action actually filmed at the Texas Centennial!


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16 November 1936 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

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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

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Lady Known as Lulu
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Music Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by The Jones Boys
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Madcap Comes to Autryland
16 October 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A lot of fun as long as you're not expecting a traditional formula Western. There're more imaginative set-ups in this Republic oater than in most A-pictures. Catch the Light Crust Boys as they roll down the road, or the talking horse a couple decades before Mr. Ed, or a mustachioed Gene acting mean and nasty. No, there's no real plot, but the pace is brisk from one lively set-up to the next. And whose great idea was it to film at the new Texas state fair, a backdrop like no other. Those live panoramas are a taste of big screen pageantry before the big screen. All in all, it's a great little peek at popular history and Art Deco. Then too, catch the clever little spoof of movie-making and tyrannical studio heads. I love the movie love scene that immediately becomes a hate scene once the cameras stop rolling. I guess my one complaint is with the movie as a driver's manual-- Driving down the wrong side of a two-lane highway is not, I repeat Not, a good way to deliver lunch. Anyway, the diverse story elements are neatly combined into a highly entertaining 71 minutes, programmer or no programmer. Thanks Western Channel and Autry Enterprises for the full restoration.


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