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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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remake | fair | iowa | state fair | farm | See All (156) »

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


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30 August 1945 (USA)  »

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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

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Margy Frake: [leaving the fair] I never want to see another fair.
Wayne Frake: You can say that again!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews (1992) 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 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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