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The Big Show (1923)

The gang creates its own makeshift county fair, highlighted by a "movie," which is really a clever stage performance.

Director:

Robert F. McGowan

Writers:

Hal Roach, H.M. Walker (titles)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joe Cobb ... Joe (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jackie Condon ... Jackie (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mickey Daniels ... Mickey (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Jack Davis Jack Davis ... Jack (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Farina (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Mary Kornman ... Mary (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Ernest Morrison ... Booker T. (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Richard Billings Richard Billings ... Muggsy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Andy Samuel ... Andy (as Hal Roach's Rascals)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Brooks Roy Brooks ... DeRues
Dick Gilbert ... Security guard
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The gang creates its own makeshift county fair, highlighted by a "movie," which is really a clever stage performance.

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Genres:

Comedy | Short | Family

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The story involves the Rascals performing in a make-believe movie theater where they imitate Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart, Uncle Tom and the security guard character played by 'Gilbert, Dick'. The Chaplin imitation includes a gag repeated from Shoulder Arms (1918) wherein The Little Tramp disguises himself as a tree. The Fairbanks imitation (courtesy of Mickey Daniels) specifically refers to The Three Musketeers (1921). The Lloyd imitation borrows from Grandma's Boy (1922). See more »

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References Grandma's Boy (1922) See more »

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The Big Show was another amusing Our Gang short
20 September 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This Hal Roach comedy short, The Big Show, is the seventh in the "Our Gang/Little Rascals" series. It's also notable as the debut of two more important members of the gang: chubby Joe Cobb and new leading lady Mary Kornman. The gang can't afford the county fair that's currently playing in town so they look through the peepholes at the gate but a cop shoos them away. They eventually have their own fair with various pets disguised as the wild animals. But the real attraction is a "movie" starring the big stars of the time impersonated by the gang. Among those imitated: Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Douglas Fairbanks, and William S. Hart. I'll stop there and just say this was quite amusing if not completely hilarious. It probably helps if you've seen the films reenacted by the gang. So that's a recommendation of The Big Show.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None

Release Date:

25 February 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

County Fair See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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