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State Fair (1933)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  10 February 1933 (USA)
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An Iowa family finds adventure, love, and heartbreak, when they spend a week at the state fair.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Sally Eilers ...
Norman Foster ...
Louise Dresser ...
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Hoop Toss Barker
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Storyline

The Frake family attend the Iowa State Fair. Father Abel enters his Hampshire boar, Blue Boy, in the hog contents. Mother Melissa enters the mincemeat competition. And their children, Margy and Wayne, find love with newspaper reporter Pat Gilbert and trapeze artist Emily Joyce. But will everyone return home safe and happy or will hearts be broken? Written by L. Hamre

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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10 February 1933 (USA)  »

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State Fair  »

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Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Henry King and crew were invited to the 1932 State Fair and Exposition in Des Moines, Iowa to film background material, including the racing scenes and midway. After the fair, they purchased three hogs, including the grand champion, Dike of Rosedale, who was cast as Blue Boy. See more »

Crazy Credits

Most of the credits appear as posters being put up on billboards by workmen. In the film's final scene, there is a heavy rain, and as it washes away the poster bearing the title "State Fair", we see that it was pasted over another poster that says "The End". See more »

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Featured in Lest We Forget (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Shanty or Levee Song
(1933) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Fred Rycroft
Written for the movie and probably played in the score
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This is great pre-code Americana- all around best Will Rogers' film
8 February 2012 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

I was really surprised how much this film moved me. It's really Gaynor and Ayers' movie with Will in more of a supporting role. Well directed with good effects for the era, my enjoyment was genuine and heart felt. Others might enjoy it in terms of sociology or film history,I hated the Pat Boone version and the Dana Andrews' was only alright. I watched it on TCM where the print had several breaks and audio pops.

Aside from the John Ford/Will Rogers films (embarrassing stereotypes aside) Will's sound films are very mixed. They're tailor made for his persona but weak casts, low production and stage bound screenplays have you reaching for the FF. He redeems most of them but I'm happy to find this solid work made shortly before his death. Surprised it escaped my attention until now.


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