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State Fair (1945)

Approved  |   |  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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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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YOUR HEART WILL SING OUT LOUD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Musical | Romance

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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 lady who won all the ribbons in the pickles/mincemeat category in the previous year was "Mrs. Edwin C. Metcalfe". Presumably, this was in honor of Edwin C. Metcalfe, saxophonist for Spike Jones' legendary band. His real-life wife Margaret was known as "Tootie". See more »

Goofs

The ground of the camp switches from dirt to grass just after Mrs. Frake talks to her friend. The trees and lighting are also inconsistent between the actual outdoor shot and the studio set. 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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Referenced in My Mother the Car: It Might as Well Be Spring as Not (1966) 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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