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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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Oscar Hammerstein II (screenplay)
Philip Stong (from a novel by)
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Release Date:
30 August 1945 (USA) See more »
For the young in heart! And romantic oldsters, too! See more »
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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Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Sweet, simple, charming technicolor musical...better than the 1962 remake... See more (55 total) »


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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
Oscar Hammerstein II (screenplay)

Philip Stong (from a novel by)

Sonya Levien (adapted by) &
Paul Green (adapted by)

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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100 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

Harry Morgan (billed as "Henry Morgan") appears as a dishonest carnival barker. Morgan, of course, went on to play Colonel Sherman Potter in TV's M*A*S*H. In the 11th season episode, "M*A*S*H: The Moon Is Not Blue (#11.8)" (1982) the staff of the M*A*S*H 4077th unit watches the movie "State Fair".See more »
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 »
Margy Frake:Pat!
Pat Gilbert:Yes?
Margy Frake:I was only talking. I couldn't marry anybody but you. Ever!
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THAT'S FOR MESee more »


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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Sweet, simple, charming technicolor musical...better than the 1962 remake..., 29 May 2001
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

"State Fair" continues the trend of films that wanted the songs to be integrated into the plot without stopping the action--much the way Rodgers & Hammerstein did when they produced "Oklahoma" on Broadway. So they start the picture with "Our State Fair" sung by various characters and it goes on from there. Trouble is, there is almost no plot to speak of--the only suspense being, who will win the top prizes at the Fair and we all know the answer to that anyway. And who will end up with who at the finish--another easy one.

Despite the lackluster plot, it does give us a chance to view the young and gorgeous Jeanne Crain (then at the height of her popularity), Dana Andrews, Vivian Blaine and Dick Haymes--a pleasant enough foursome to carry any picture. And, of course, there are a couple of splendid songs by the famous songwriting team--including "It Might As Well Be Spring", dubbed for Jeanne Crain by Annette Warren (I believe), and "It's A Grand Night For Singing". Vivian Blaine gets a chance to sing "That's For Me" and is charming as the girl singer Dick Haymes takes a shine to. To complete the "American as apple pie" image of the story, we have Fay Bainter being motherly in the kitchen and fussing about her jams and Charles Winninger for comic relief.

No matter what anyone says, it's a pleasant film to watch, beautifully photographed in the rich Fox color of the mid-40s--and, after all, it does contain the Oscar winning song, "It Might As Well Be Spring."

Much better than the awful 1962 remake--and easier to take than the earlier 1930s version with Janet Gaynor.

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