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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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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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(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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

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Quotes

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Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played at the Texas Centennial
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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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