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

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It Happened One Summer  »

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Jeanne Crain's singing voice was dubbed by Louanne Hogan. 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 »

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Abel Frake: [tasting the mincemeat] Doesn't taste like Grandma Stiches.
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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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See It For Jeanne
23 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, first, let's get the unimportant things out of the way. The 1945 musical remake of "State Fair" is indeed as corny as one might imagine (appropriate, perhaps, considering that Iowa, where the film transpires, is, according to the state song, "where the tall corn grows"). But it also features a cute story, concerning a farm family's visit to the eponymous fair; some sweet and unfailingly catchy tunes by Rodgers & Hammerstein; gorgeous, supersaturated Technicolor filming; and some amusing characters and situations. Now, then, for the important stuff: Jeanne Crain. Oh my gosh, IMDb viewers, you cannot believe how incredibly beautiful Ms. Crain is in this movie; truly, the idealized representation of the all-American girl, and the quintessence of pulchritudinous muliebrity. Her Margie Frake character just might be the prettiest gal I've ever seen in a movie, and she makes this musical, for me, something very special. That same year, Crain appeared in the Gene Tierney vehicle "Leave Her to Heaven," and managed the near-impossible task of even looking better than Tierney at her best. Why our GI's during WW2 hung up pictures of the comparatively dowdy Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth in their lockers, instead of Jeanne Crain, is a mystery to me. Anyway, if you think I'm going overboard here, rent out "State Fair" one night and put it to the test. If you don't find yourself freezing the images of Jeanne Crain a half dozen times to admire her remarkable looks, I would suggest a visit to your local doctor, as you might be half dead...


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