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Smiley Burnette, Gene Autry, and The Sons of the Pioneers in The Big Show (1936). 

Film and Television

The Big Show (1936) and Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947)

Part of the series Gene Autry Double Feature

Saturday, June 23, 2018, Noon–2:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

Admission: 
Included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members
RSVP/Reservations: 
No Reservations Required

About the Event

On the fourth Saturday of every other month, two Gene Autry films are screened in the Autry Museum’s Wells Fargo Theater. Gene Autry’s Westerns are known for their music, comedy, and action. The Big Show is a story of mistaken identity filmed at the Texas Centennial and full of music not only from Gene and his pal Smiley but also from the Light Crust Dough Boys, the Jones Boys, and the Sons of the Pioneers. There’s comedy and action aplenty when Gene encounters complications with girlfriends, studio executives, and gangsters. Then the Cass County Boys and Gene bring the music to Twilight on the Rio Grande while Sterling Holloway brings the comic relief. Action happens when Gene investigates a murder that leads him to Mexico and a jewelry smuggling ring!
 

Films
The Big Show (1936)
Republic Pictures

Synopsis:

Movie stunt-double Gene Autry must take the place of temperamental Western star Tom Ford (both roles are played by Gene) at the Texas Centennial. Gene’s singing soon leads to complications with girlfriends, studio executives, and gangsters. Filmed on location at the Texas Centennial with musical guests the Beverly Hill Billies, Sons of the Pioneers (with Leonard Slye, later known as Roy Rogers), the Jones Boys, and the Light Crust Doughboys. 

For more details on the cast and songs in this film, visit the Official Gene Autry website page for The Big Show.

Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947)
Republic Pictures

 
Synopsis:
Gene Autry’s investigation of the murder of his partner, Dusty, leads him to Mexico, where he becomes involved with the beautiful singer Elena del Rio, whose father has also been killed. Suspecting that the murders are related, Gene discovers that a jewelry smuggling ring is behind the nefarious business. Sterling Holloway, who appeared in Gene’s five post-WWII Westerns, plays sidekick Pokie. 
 
For more details on the cast and songs in this film, visit the Official Gene Autry website page for Twilight on the Rio Grande.