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Director:
Writers:
Paul Green (adaptation)
Oscar Hammerstein II (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 August 1945 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
For the young in heart! And romantic oldsters, too! See more »
Plot:
Farm family Frake, with discontented daughter Margy, head for the Iowa State Fair. On the first day... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It's A Grand Film For Viewing See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jeanne Crain ... Margy Frake

Dana Andrews ... Pat Gilbert
Dick Haymes ... Wayne Frake

Vivian Blaine ... Emily Edwards
Charles Winninger ... Abel Frake
Fay Bainter ... Melissa Frake

Donald Meek ... Hippenstahl
Frank McHugh ... McGee
Percy Kilbride ... Dave Miller

Harry Morgan ... Barker (as Henry Morgan)
Jane Nigh ... Eleanor
William Marshall ... Tommy Thomas
Phil Brown ... Harry Ware
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Esmeralda ... The Hog
Whilwind ... Hog
Robert Adler ... Ring-Toss Spectator (uncredited)
Hal Aldridge III ... (uncredited)
Russell Ash ... (uncredited)
Dorothy Bailer ... (uncredited)
Lee Bailey ... (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Farmer (uncredited)
Ray Barons ... Boy on Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Hammer Contest Spectator (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ... Ring-Toss Spectator (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Follies Spectator (uncredited)
Blue Boy ... Hog (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... Food Judge (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Esther Brodelet ... (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Hank (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Assistant Hog Judge (uncredited)
Lorraine Collier ... (uncredited)
Clancy Cooper ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... (uncredited)

John Dehner ... Hog Contest Announcer (uncredited)
Jo-Carroll Dennison ... Girl (uncredited)
Harry Depp ... Judge's Secretary (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Assistant Hog Judge (uncredited)
Cathy Downs ... Girl on Carousel (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Rollercoaster Attendant (uncredited)
Tom Fadden ... Eph (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Ticket-Taker (uncredited)
Alice Fleming ... Food Judge (uncredited)
Diane Florentine ... Police Chief's Daughter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Horse Race Spectator (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... R.C. Martin (uncredited)
William Frambes ... Pappy (uncredited)
Al Gallagher ... (uncredited)
Janet Graves ... (uncredited)

Coleen Gray ... Girl with Pappy (uncredited)
Neal Hart ... Farmer (uncredited)
Paul Harvey ... Simpson (uncredited)
Louanne Hogan ... Margy Frake (uncredited) (singing voice)
Reed Howes ... Horse Race Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Jackson ... (uncredited)
Adele Jergens ... Girl on Rollercoaster (uncredited)
Jack Kenyon ... (uncredited)
Warren Lane ... (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Man Talking to Police Chief (uncredited)
Louis Manley ... Fire-Eater (uncredited)
Mary Manners ... (uncredited)
Vie Mansfield ... Specialty (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Ring-Toss Spectator (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Man Margy Bumps (uncredited)
Jean McClure ... (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Bell-Ringing Competition Barker (uncredited)
Buddy Moore ... (uncredited)
Steve Olson ... Follies Barker (uncredited)
Charles Owens ... (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Congressman James A. Goodheart (uncredited)
Eleanor Peterson ... (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Hog Calling Contest Spectator (uncredited)
Larraine Reimer ... (uncredited)
Buddy Robinson ... (uncredited)
John Roche ... (uncredited)
Jack Ross ... (uncredited)
Mario Salvaneschi ... (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Police Chief (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Ticket-Seller (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Follies Spectator (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Ed Stanbridge ... (uncredited)
Les Stanford ... Strong Man (uncredited)
Mary Stewart ... Girl (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Man Listening to Band (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Fire-Eater Barker (uncredited)
Jim Toney ... Ring-Toss Spectator (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Woman Congratulating Mrs. Metcalf (uncredited)
Vanita Wade ... (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Metcalf (uncredited)
Margo Woode ... Girl (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Hog Judge (uncredited)

Directed by
Walter Lang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Green  adaptation
Oscar Hammerstein II  screenplay
Sonya Levien  adaptation
Philip Stong  novel

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell (uncredited)
Gene Rose (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy 
 
Film Editing by
J. Watson Webb Jr.  (as J. Watson Webb)
 
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Al Orenbach 
 
Costume Design by
René Hubert 
 
Production Management
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gaston Glass .... assistant director
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Ralph Hammeras .... miniatures (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
E. Truman Joiner .... key grip (uncredited)
F. Bud Mautino .... second camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Henderson .... musical director
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Murray Spivack .... music mixer (uncredited)
Vinton Vernon .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Richard Mueller .... associate technicolor director
Hermes Pan .... choreographer
Paul MacPherson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
May Morris .... research assistant (uncredited)
Frances C. Richardson .... research director (uncredited)
Dave Robel .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"It Happened One Summer" - USA (TV title)
"Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The stage version of "State Fair" opened at the Music Box Theatre on March 27, 1996 and ran for 110 performances.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: During the penultimate scene (the veranda scene), Wayne Frake leaves the house. As he leaves, stepping off the veranda, the camera tracks right, and the shadow of the boom mic appear on the wall of the house as Wayne continues to move off 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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Soundtrack:
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
It's A Grand Film For Viewing, 26 April 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I've no doubt that on the strength of the blockbuster hit that Richard Rodgers&Oscar Hammerstein had with Oklahoma which was still running on Broadway as this film was being made, that Darryl F. Zanuck offered the team the chance to contribute the songs for a remake of State Fair. Oklahoma in fact was a rural setting and so was Iowa for this second telling of the adventures of the Frake family at the Iowa State Fair.

What today's audiences don't appreciate was that in 1946 the Iowa state centennial was being celebrated. Some bright individual at 20th Century Fox must have realized that and a nice musical technicolor remake of the Will Rogers classic State Fair would be a can't miss at the box office. Providing of course Mr. Zanuck could assemble the talent.

Though the 1933 cast boasted people like Louise Dresser, Lew Ayres, and Janet Gaynor in support of Will Rogers, the accent there was very much on Rogers as it was HIS picture. Here the accent is on the younger generation. Charles Winninger and Fay Bainter play the older Frakes taking their prize hog, Bainter's mince pie, and children Dick Haymes and Jeanne Crain to the Iowa State Fair. Haymes and Crain, together with Dana Andrews and Vivian Blaine as the respective romantic partners carry the film here.

Rodgers and Hammerstein had a lot on their plate back in the day. Besides Oklahoma, Hammerstein was involved in creating a musical version of Bizet's Carmen which became Carmen Jones as we all know. He and Rodgers had another musical open in 1945 that was Carousel and became another American classic. When 20th Century Fox signed them for State Fair, according to a recent biography of Dick Rodgers, they never went west. Rodgers did his music from his estate in Connecticut and Hammerstein wrote the lyrics from his Doylestown, Pennsylvania farm. I guess they met in New York and express mailed the songs to Zanuck in Hollywood.

They put together a real nice score, one song It Might As Well Be Spring won the Oscar for Best Original Song from a film. The rest of the score ain't too shabby either with Isn't It Kind of Fun and That's For Me also sung beautifully. My favorite however is It's a Grand Night for Singing, a song so absolutely infectious you will be singing it yourself for days after watching State Fair.

Andrews and Crain were dubbed by other singers, but Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine were seasoned musical performers. Haymes recorded all four of the songs above in an album for Decca that sold very well. Haymes had a smooth, but strong baritone and if scandal hadn't blown his career up a few years later, who knows to what heights he might have risen.

Every version of State Fair has something to recommend it. There was even a pilot done in the middle Seventies for a television series based on the time honored Frake family saga. For me however this one cops the prize.

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