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State Fair (1945)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 30 August 1945 (USA)
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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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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1.37 : 1
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Jeanne Crain's singing voice was dubbed by Louanne Hogan. See more »

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At the beginning (and end) of the film, there is a large billboard poster announcing the State Fair, "week commencing August 23". Midway through the film, the program of events for the jams, jellies, pickles and mincemeat day is shown, dated Friday, August 22nd. See more »

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McGee: [putting a drunk Wayne to bed] One shoe off and the other shoe off. Diddle diddle dumpling my son John. Hey, that don't rhyme like it used to.
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Featured in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) See more »

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OUR STATE FAIR
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Fay Bainter, Percy Kilbride, and Charles Winninger
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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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