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State Fair (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 30 August 1945 (USA)
The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so.

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Farm family Frake, with discontented daughter Margy, head for the Iowa State Fair. On the first day, both Margy and brother Wayne meet attractive new flames; so does father's prize hog, Blue Boy. As the fair proceeds, so do the romances; must lovers separate when the fair closes? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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For the young in heart! And romantic oldsters, too! See more »


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It Happened One Summer  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 24, 1946 with Jeanne Crain and Dick Haymes reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

Women's lipstick disappears and reappears repeatedly... until they kiss someone which they always do without lipstick. See more »

Quotes

Harry Ware: Biggest boar in the world, I bet.
Margy Frake: All depends on how you spell it.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

THAT'S FOR ME
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Vivian Blaine
Reprised by Jeanne Crain (dubbed by Louanne Hogan) and Dick Haymes
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Wonderful slice of Americana-Nothing more, nothing less!
10 April 2003 | by (ARCADIA, CA) – See all my reviews

A wonderful look at an America we will never see again-tuneful, romantic and a Happy Ending! State Fair never claims to be the end all and be all, just a sweet look at the tradition of the State Fair put to music. This movie (and the ensuing Broadway Musical) stand on their own next to Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, King and I, Sound of Music, etc.

Jeanie Crain and Dana Andrews play their scenes so effortlessly, you forget its just a 3 day romance. Dick Haymes and the eternal Vivian Blaine have a chemistry that works much better then the Pat Boone version.

I recommend this movie to anyone who wants a break from the tired old action/violence/cheesy comedies of today-it's as much an image of summer as cotton candy and candy apples!


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