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State Fair (1945)

 -  Musical | Romance  -  30 August 1945 (USA)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Frank McHugh ...
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Percy Kilbride ...
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Barker (as Henry Morgan)
Jane Nigh ...
Eleanor
William Marshall ...
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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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fair | iowa | farm | state fair | newspaper | See more »

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

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Musical | Romance

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30 August 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

It Happened One Summer  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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A reprise of the song "Isn't It Kind Of Fun?" was sung by Dick Haymes in the movie as his character takes a shower. The number was cut before the film was released, however, the footage still survives intact to this day. See more »

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After the roller coaster ride, Margy gets off and sees the roller coaster going up for the next run. In the seats of the roller coaster cars, you can see Pat and Margy still on the roller coaster as well as the same two young couple sitting in front of them. 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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Referenced in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

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ISN'T IT KIND OF FUN?
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine
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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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