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

Film and Television

Double Feature: The Big Show (1936) and The Bronze Buckaroo (1939)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

Included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members
Space Is Limited / Reservations Recommended

About the Event

This singing cowboy double feature showcases two influential figures: country music star Gene Autry, who co-founded the Autry Museum, and jazz singer-songwriter Herb Jeffries, “the Bronze Buckaroo,” who was most notable as a pioneer in breaking Hollywood’s color barriers.

In The Big Show, filmed on location at the Texas Centennial and Iverson Ranch, stunt-double Gene Autry must take the place of temperamental Western star Tom Ford (both played by Autry), leading to complications with girlfriends, studio executives, and gangsters. The screening will be introduced by Karla Buhlman, President of Gene Autry Entertainment. Also filmed on location at an African American dude ranch near Victorville, The Bronze Buckaroo was produced with a Black cast for African American theaters. The story features all the classic B-Western tropes, with Jeffries as singing cowboy Bob Blake who rides to the rescue of a kidnapped rancher friend. The Bronze Buckaroo will be introduced by Raul Guzman, Assistant Curator of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. 

The Big Show: Directed by Mack V. Wright | Starring Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, and Kay Hughes

The Bronze Buckaroo: Directed by Richard C. Kahn | Starring Herb Jeffries, Lucius Brooks, and Artie Young

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