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The Big Show(1936)

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  • Interesting piece for anyone who lives or has lived in Dallas. Almost all the scenes were filmed on location at the (then) brand new Fair Park 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 WRR radio building. WRR is the only city owned radio station in the country and still broadcasts from the original building, the lagoon which was pretty barren back then, and Dallas trolley cars which served downtown at the time and had just been expanded to Fair Park to service the Centennial. Not seen is the Cotton Bowl which was not constructed until years later.
  • The film was cut to 54 minutes for television release in the mid-1950's and has only recently been restored to its original running time, thanks to the combined efforts of The Western Movie Channel, the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

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