Texan farmers the Frake family head for the Texas State Fair in Dallas. The parents are focused on winning the competitions for livestock and cooking. However, their restless daughter Margy and her brother Wayne meet attractive new love interests.
An ex-husband and wife team star in a musical version of 'The Taming of the Shrew'; off-stage, the production is troublesome with ex-lovers' quarrels and a gangster looking for some money owed to them.
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
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The mammoth number "All I Owe Ioway," performed by Vivian Blaine, Charles Winninger, William Marshall, Fay Bainter, Donald Meek and the chorus, is unusually structured for its era with its verse, refrain and extended 10-bar coda. The tune is modulated a total of four times in a showstopping production number that lasts five minutes on screen. The song, an undisputed highlight of the score, was forcibly dropped from the 1962 remake when the locale was shifted from rural Des Moines, Iowa to urban Dallas, Texas. See more »
During the roller-coaster scene, the cars that go into the tunnel are a different set than those that come out. The lead car is green with a cage-like device going in and red with no cage coming out. See more »
Wonderful slice of Americana-Nothing more, nothing less!
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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