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Dorrell McGowan (screen play and original story) &
Stuart E. McGowan (screen play and original story)
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Release Date:
16 November 1936 (USA) See more »
A Roundup of action actually filmed at the Texas Centennial!
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One of the best of the Gene Autry Movies See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Autry ... Gene Autry / Tom Ford
Smiley Burnette ... Frog
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)

The Light Crust Doughboys ... Musicians (as Light Crust Dough Boys)
Champion ... Champion - Studio Horse
Rex King ... Fred Collins
Harry Worth ... Tony Rico
Mary Russell ... Mary
Christine Maple ... Miss Van Every - Ford's Fiancee

Jerry Larkin ... Henchman Blackie
Jack O'Shea ... Henchman Joe (as Jack O'Shay)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Movie Director (as Wedgewood Nowell)
Antrim Short ... Studio Assistant
June Johnson ... Studio Secretary
Grace Durkin ... Studio Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonard Pack ... Texas Ranger Captain Leonard Pack (as Texas Ranger Captain Leonard Pack)
Richard Beach ... Studio Assistant (uncredited)
Elton Britt ... Musician with Beverly Hill Billies Band (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt ... Driver of Cattle Truck (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Studio Gateman (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Henchman (uncredited)
Elmer ... Ventriloquist's Dummy (uncredited)
Hugh Farr ... Sons of the Pioneers Violinist (uncredited)
Karl Farr ... Karl - Member Sons of the Pioneers (uncredited)
Aleth Hansen ... Musician with Beverly Hill Billies Band (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Studio Man (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Cornelius Keefe ... Studio Actor (uncredited)
Jeanne Lafayette ... Studio Actress (uncredited)
Tracy Layne ... Henchman (uncredited)
Frankie Marvin ... Movie Lot Cowboy (uncredited)
Art Mix ... Studio Stunt Double (uncredited)
Marvin 'Smokey' Montgomery ... Musician with The Light Crust Doughboys (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Studio Script Girl (uncredited)
Bob Nolan ... Sons of the Pioneers Bassist (uncredited)
Jack Rockwell ... Studio Actor (uncredited)

Roy Rogers ... Sons of the Pioneers Guitarist (uncredited)
Helen Servis ... Studio Actress (uncredited)
The SMU 50 ... Southern Methodist University Marching Band (uncredited)
Rudy Sooter ... Musician with Beverly Hill Billies Band (uncredited)
Tim Spencer ... Sons of the Pioneers Singer (uncredited)
Martin Stevenson ... Studio Actor (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Mack V. Wright 
Joseph Kane (uncredited)
Writing credits
Dorrell McGowan (screen play and original story) &
Stuart E. McGowan (screen play and original story)

Produced by
Nat Levine .... producer
Armand Schaefer .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Edgar Lyons (photography)
William Nobles (photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Jahns (film editor)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Germonprez .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry Jones .... sound engineer
Cliff Lyons .... stunt double (uncredited)
Bill Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Murray Seldeen .... supervising editor
Music Department
Harry Grey .... music supervision
Ted Koehler .... songs by
Sam H. Stept .... songs by
Ned Washington .... songs by
Arthur Kay .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hugo Riesenfeld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
54 min (edited version) | 71 min (original version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)
UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2727) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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 »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Gene Autry: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!See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One of the best of the Gene Autry Movies, 18 December 2008
Author: Sharclon8 from United States

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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