The Big Show is a 1936 American Western musical film directed by Mack V. Wright and starring Gene Autry, Kay Hughes, and Smiley Burnette. Written by Dorrell and Stuart E. McGowan, the film is about a singing cowboy who confuses two girls by being himself and his own stunt double at the Texas Centennial in Dallas. Roy Rogers appears in the film as one of the Sons of the Pioneers.
Running Time: 54 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: NR
Western movie star Tom Ford (Gene Autry) is scheduled to make a guest appearance at the Texas Centennial celebration in Dallas. When Ford leaves on vacation intending to miss the celebration, his publicity manager Lee Wilson (William Newell) convinces singing cowboy Gene Autry (Gene Autry) to appear in Tom's place. While driving to Dallas from Hollywood, Gene meets Marion Hill (Kay Hughes) when his trailer collides with her wagon. Marion is also on her way to the centennial, intending to enter her show steer in the Texas Centennial. Watching Gene skillfully retrieve her cattle, Marion is impressed to see a movie star perform like a true cowboy.
Gene Autry made 93 films from 1935 to 1953. Of all these films he always played himself except for "Shooting High" which was not a Republic Picture but a Paramount Picture co-starring Jane Withers. This is a rare film in that he Plays a dual role, Tom Ford, the actor and Gene Autry, the stunt man. Both have entirely different personalities. The only other film that Autry ever played two rolls is "Rim of the Canyon" in which he plays His Father and Himself. If you are a collector, this is one that should be in your collection. (PATRICIA T. ALMDALE)
Gene Autry as Gene Autry / Tom Ford
Smiley Burnette as Frog
Kay Hughes as Marion Hill
Sally Payne as Toodles Brown
William Newell as Lee Wilson
Max Terhune as Ventriloquist
Charles Judels as Swartz, the studio head
Sons of the Pioneers as Musicians
The Jones Boys as Singers
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