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Passed | | Action, Comedy, Music | 16 November 1936 (USA)
At the Texas Centennial in Dallas Autry confuses two girls by being himself and his own stunt double.

Directors:

Mack V. Wright, Joseph Kane (uncredited)

Writers:

Dorrell McGowan (screenplay), Stuart E. McGowan (screenplay) (as Stuart McGowan) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry / Tom Ford
Smiley Burnette ... Frog Millhouse
Kay Hughes ... Marion Hill
Sally Payne ... Toodles Brown
William Newell ... Lee Wilson
Max Terhune ... Ventriloquist
Charles Judels ... Swartz - Studio Head
Sons of the Pioneers ... Musicians
The Jones Boys The Jones Boys ... Singers (as Jones Boys)
The Beverly Hillbillies The Beverly Hillbillies ... Musicians (as Beverly Hill Billies)
The Light Crust Doughboys ... Musicians (as Light Crust Dough Boys)
Champion ... Champion - Studio Horse
Rex King Rex King ... Fred Collins
Harry Worth ... Tony Rico
Mary Russell Mary Russell ... Mary
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Storyline

When cowboy star Tom Ford disappears, Wilson gets his double Gene Autry to impersonate him. But Ford owes gangster Rico $10,000 and Rico arrives to collect. He fails to get the money but learns that Autry is an impersonator and now blackmails Wilson and his movie studio. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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A Roundup of action actually filmed at the Texas Centennial!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Astro por Aclamação See more »

Filming Locations:

Fair Park, Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Almost all the scenes were filmed on location at the (then) brand-new Fair Park in Dallas, TX, which served as the location of the 1936 Texas Centennial and has served as the location of the Texas State Fair since. Many of the buildings in the film still exist in what has been called the largest collection of art deco buildings in the world. Also seen is the Gulf Radio Studios building (this is not the WRR Studios; WRR is the only city-owned radio station in the country and still broadcasts from new studios adjacent to Science Place II). The lagoon was pretty barren back then, and Dallas trolley cars which served downtown at the time had just been expanded to Fair Park to service the Centennial. The Cotton Bowl, which was constructed in 1930 and renamed The Cotton Bowl for the Centennial, is seen briefly in the background as Gene Autry rides out of the Cavalcade set in the chase scene. See more »

Goofs

The Light Crust Doughboys and The Jones Boys appear in the credits, but do not appear in the shortened (54 minutes) version, but along with some additional action they appear in the original (71 minutes) movie. See more »

Quotes

Tom Ford: It's Autry's voice allright. He's got alot of nerve impersonating me! I'll sue him. I'll sue the company. Schwartz is gonna hear from me about this. Pack up; we're going back!
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Lady Known as Lulu
(1936) (uncredited)
Music Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by The Jones Boys
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Enjoyable B-Western With the Likable Gene Autry
14 December 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The likable Gene Autry plays a dual role and has some good opportunities to use his variety of talents in this enjoyable B-Western. The story is light but entertaining, and it has some good musical numbers plus some comic relief from Smiley Burnette. The Texas Centennial setting also gives it some additional historical interest.

Autry plays both a bad-tempered movie star cowboy and his talented, good-natured stunt double, so the setup offers some good lighter moments in its look at the movie industry. The story starts with the stunt double filling in for the star at a public appearance, with numerous complications arising from there. Autry gets many opportunities to sing, and there are also some good action sequences.

Most of it works pretty well, because it generally allows Autry to use his strengths. Burnette also gets some good moments, and while the story is mostly used to showcase Autry and the other musical entertainment, it works too as a way of pulling things together.


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