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The Big Show(1957)

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There were no production credits given for The Big Show. Although the film was intended primarily for exhibitors, a Film Daily news item of May 7, 1957 reported that Twentieth Century-Fox had also invited prominent civic, social and religious leaders to the various screenings. In addition to the six screenings on May 8, 1957, the picture was exhibited in more than thirty other cities in the U.S. and Canada during that month. While a few of the films seen in The Big Show were represented by sequences from the final release versions, most were still in production and were represented by rejected takes and angles different than those in the released films. The editing of these sequences was frequently different from the release versions, and many had temporary music scores borrowed from other Fox films.
       The Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection, located in the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, contains a post-production continuity for a later version of the film that was to be shown in Britain. That version is virtually identical to the American version with the exception of the addition of sequences from Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison and The Way to the Gold and the substitution of Murray Silverstone, President of Twentieth Century-Fox International, for Alex Harrison and Charles Einfeld at the film's conclusion. Studio records also include a September 1957 post-production continuity for a 57-minute version prepared for general theater audiences. This version, which opened in San Francisco on August 30, 1957, eliminated much of the material in the 110-minute version, but added sequences from Kiss Them for Me, Peyton Place and The Enemy Below. Additionally, Jeffrey Hunter introduced scenes from No Down Payment. The following performers were added to the "Parade of New Talent" sequence in the shorter version: Diane Varsi, Christine Carere, Lee Philips and Suzy Parker. No sales personnel are seen in the short version, which ends with Buddy Adler stating that he is glad "to have had the chance to talk personally with you, our audience....There's no better entertainment than you can find right in the movie theater."
       In 2000, a DVD release of a television program called 20th Century Fox: The First 50 Years also included a version of The Big Show which ran eighty minutes and was assembled from both the long and short versions of the film.
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