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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
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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 »
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 »
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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Gene Autry is the stunt double for a conceited western star and has to impersonate him after the actor bails out of a big personal appearance at the Texas Centennial, not knowing that the reason star went on vacation was to avoid paying his gambling debts. Gene gets in way over his head when he turns out to be a bigger hit than expected and gangsters show up to collect their money.
A pleasant, fictionalized account of how Gene Autry became a star, The Big Show offers an irresistible glimpse at the duties that befall a Saturday matinée western star. Despite a loose plot, it's really a lot of fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek fun.
Autry sings some great songs and along with sidekick Smiley Burnette, joins three legendary western groups, The Sons Of The Pioneers (with Roy Rodgers), The Light Crust Doughboys (a personal favorite), and The Beverly Hill Billies. Max Terhune and his dummy even show up for a quickie appearance. Sadly, The Doughboys and the singing group The Jones Boys are deleted from most, if not all video prints.
Although not really much of a western, Autry fans should be satisfied.
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