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The Big Show (1936)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Music | 16 November 1936 (USA)
At the Texas Centennial in Dallas Autry confuses two girls by being himself and his own stunt double.

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Cast

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Toodles Brown
William Newell ...
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Ventriloquist
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Swartz - Studio Head
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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)
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Champion - Studio Horse
Rex King ...
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Tony Rico
Mary Russell ...
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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 Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A Roundup of action actually filmed at the Texas Centennial!


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(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

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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Soundtracks

Roll, Wagons, Roll
(uncredited)
Written by Tim Spencer and Carl Winge
Performed by Sons of the Pioneers
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Doubling Gene Autry
28 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

"When cowboy star Tom Ford (Gene Autry) disappears, studio publicity man Wilson gets his double, Gene Autry, to impersonate him. Gene, posing as Ford and singing over the radio, is a sensation. Ford hears a broadcast, is peeved, and threatens to sue the studio. Meanwhile, a group of blackmailers demand $25,000 from the studio to keep quiet about the hoax," according to the DVD sleeve description. Autry attempting a dual role, the sometimes derivative (but pleasant) soundtrack, and a timely Texas Centennial location only give "The Big Show" a little bigness. It's nice to see the blinking, exasperated William Newell (as Lee Wilson) play a relatively large role, and odd to see Roy Rogers' profile (screen right, as one of the Sons of the Pioneers) in an Autry picture.

**** The Big Show (11/16/36) Mack V. Wright ~ Gene Autry, William Newell, Smiley Burnette, Kay Hughes


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