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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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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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Release Date:

10 February 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Feira da Vida  »

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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 Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Romantic
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Louis De Francesco
Lyrics by Val Burton and Will Jason
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Sung offscreen by an unidentified male at the fair
Partially sung a cappella by Janet Gaynor
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Surprisingly adult.
16 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The musical version of "State Fair" (1945) is one of my favorite films of the 1940s. Because of this, I really wanted to see the original version from 1933, but it took me years until I was able to find it. Now that I've seen it, I feel a bit let down. It was a good film--but after all that wait, I had hoped for more. In fact, it's a decent film but not as good as the 1945 version.

For the most part, the plot is exactly the same in both versions. However, since the 1933 film came out before the new Production Code was adopted, the movie clearly has a much more adult portion of the story. When the family is off at the state fair having fun, the son has A LOT of fun--and clearly it's implied that he was having sex with a performer he'd met there.

The film had the same plot (except for the huge exception above) but it lacked the sweetness and homespun feel that the later version had. It is good--just not as good.


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