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State Fair -- Rodgers and Hammerstein's only score written expressly for the screen highlights this delightful film about an Iowa family's adventures at the fair. The Frakes, a farming family, go to the Iowa State Fair to show the father's prize hog, Blue Boy, and enjoy the big event of the year. On the first day, both sourpuss daughter Margy and her brother Wayne find new romance, as does Blue Boy. As the fair proceeds, so do the romances! Includes the Academy Award-winning songs It Might as Well be Spring and It's A Grand Night for Singing.

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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:
A lovely film See more (54 total) »

Cast

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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 ... Marty
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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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 24, 1946 with Jeanne Crain and Dick Haymes reprising their film roles.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: During a number of the outdoor scenes at the fair, mountains can be seen in the background that are far taller than any mountains that are found in Iowa.See more »
Quotes:
Margy Frake:Ohh... but the house you live in...
Harry Ware:It's got to be the same. No old clapboard shingle business. There is a new kind of plastic, pre-fabricated job. I want you to see it at the catalog home.
Margy Frake:Is it pretty?
Harry Ware:Sure, but whats more important it's termite proof. Wait 'til you see it, they tell you how to furnish it too. No rugs or carpets, there just dust collecters... Linolium through the whole house, wait until you see the pictures, it's sleek and smooth easy to keep clean... well it's like every room in the house was a Bathroom!
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in California Split (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
THAT'S FOR MESee more »

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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A lovely film, 21 June 2005
Author: albirmike from United Kingdom

I first saw this film in 1945, when I was completing 5 years in the Royal Navy. I was stationed in Kure , Japan, (5 miles from Hiroshima). We were the first British naval personnel to land in the area after the end of WW2, and services and accommodation were very primitive. When things started improving, we got our first film, "State Fair" with the gorgeous Jeanne Crain 'singing the Oscar winning song "It might as well be spring" The wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein also provides opportunities for Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine to exercise their tonsils.This happy film never flags; if its the mincemeat or Hampshire Boar competitions, the family have a ball.Look out for a wonderful cameo performance from Donald Meek as the aforementioned @mincemeat' judge. I have watched this film at least a dozen times, the last time last week on DVD and it never bores.

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