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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:
Lesser Rodgers & Hammerstein, and corny, too - but FUN 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:
Continuity: 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:Pat!
Pat Gilbert:Yes?
Margy Frake:I was only talking. I couldn't marry anybody but you. Ever!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
ISN'T IT KIND OF FUN?See more »

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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Lesser Rodgers & Hammerstein, and corny, too - but FUN, 27 October 2004
Author: bronty (johnloveskw@gmail.com) from Key West, FL, US

I've never seen the 1933 film version of this; I wish I could say the same about the 1962 mistake, the one with that Black Hole of movies, Pat Boone, a man so bland, he sucks the color from anything he's near. THIS version, however, while certainly not up to what many would probably consider Rodgers & Hammerstein 'standards' (MGM, desperate to release a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, but stymied by the continuing run of "Oklahoma!", quickly made this new version of "State Fair", according to information on the DVD), is gloriously corny, old fashioned, innocent, warm, romantic, those-were-the-golden-days fun, with at least two songs that have truly entered the realm of 'classic': the Oscar-winning "It Might As Well Be Spring" and "It's A Grand Night For Singing". The story is simplicity personified: a mid-western farm family heads to the State Fair. The parents have their eyes and ears on winning their respective competitions (he, for his prize pig, Blue Boy; she, for her pickles and mincemeat), while the children, both young adults, find love and heartache along the way. As the parents, Fay Bainter, born to play mothers, is her reliably warm self, while Charles Winninger brings solid humor to every scene. Dick Haymes plays the son, and gets to sing a few tunes, quite capably, and has a bittersweet romance with Vivian Blaine. (Alas, their union is the only unsatisfactory note in the entire movie: it is established Haymes' character has a sweetheart he's hooked on but when she cannot accompany him to the Fair, he almost immediately falls for Blaine and is straight-away promising his undying love for her, seemingly forgetting about his love back home...until the final moments, when he suddenly has her in his arms. It's a false, almost jarring note.) But Jeanne Crain, despite this being an ensemble piece, easily steals the show, and though it's a shame she didn't do her own singing, she still manages to ably give the impression of a restless young woman yearning for something 'more'. Her romance, perhaps the real core of this film, with Dana Andrews, seems much more real than that between Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine, and they have definite chemistry, which makes the required "happy ending" a delight. Do I wish it had more weight, more heft, to it, like "Oklahoma!" or "The King & I"? Well, the movie is what it is: a light, airy, corny piece of Americana. Were R & H pandering to the tastes of the common man with this movie? Sure they were! But what's wrong with feeling good? Who exactly is harmed by classic songs, winning performers, a simple story line, and a happy ending? If you're looking for weightier or darker fare, there are any number of musicals to whet your appetite; however, if you're looking for pure fun - and for great tunes that'll stick in your head all day long - look no further: here it is! You'll have a terrific time at THIS "Fair".

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