The Big Show

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"A Roundup of action actually filmed at the Texas Centennial!"
  • Passed
  • 1937
  • 54 min
  • 5.7  (296)

In 1936, Gene Autry starred in a western musical film named The Big Show. The film is directed by Mack V. Wright and produced by Nat Levine, and it features Autry in his signature role with Smiley Burnette as his friend and comedy sidekick. The Big Show opens with Gene Autry (playing himself) as a cowboy singer who is hired by Colonel Zack Randolph (William Demarest) to perform in his Wild West show. Zack's show is facing stiff competition from a rival show run by Tex Austin (Russell Simpson), and he hopes that Gene's popularity will draw the crowds back to his show. But things don't go as planned: Gene discovers that Austin's show is actually a front for a gang of crooks who are stealing livestock and wreaking havoc across the countryside.

As Gene investigates the situation, he finds out that the crooks are using the Wild West show as a cover for their nefarious activities. The gang's leader, Matt Barker (Kenne Duncan), is a chiseled and menacing villain who will stop at nothing to eliminate Gene and his friends.

Meanwhile, Gene is also trying to win the heart of Patricia Lawrence (Kay Hughes), the pretty owner of a ranch that has been targeted by the crooks. Patricia is initially suspicious of Gene's intentions, but soon she realizes that he is an honest and trustworthy man who will do everything he can to protect her and her property.

As the showdown between Gene and the crooks draws near, the tension rises and the action explodes in a thrilling and unforgettable finale. The Big Show features Autry's singing and guitar playing, as well as Burnette's comic relief and the stunning landscapes of the American west.

The film's unique blend of western adventure and musical numbers was a big hit with audiences, and it established Gene Autry as one of the most popular stars of his era. The Big Show is a classic example of a genre that has endured for decades, and it showcases the charm, wit, and raw talent of its leading actors.

Overall, The Big Show is a delightful and entertaining film that will appeal to fans of westerns, musicals, and action-packed adventures. It tells a timeless tale of honor, friendship, and courage, and it will leave audiences cheering for Gene and his friends long after the credits have rolled.

The Big Show is a 1937 action movie with a runtime of 54 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.

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    5.7  (296)