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Meet Me at the Fair (1953)

In 1904, Doc Tilbee, medicine show huckster and champion tall-tale teller, gives a ride to a young boy escaped from an orphanage, where bad conditions (the result of political graft) are ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Doc Tilbee
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Zerelda Wing
Chet Allen ...
Tad Bayliss
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Enoch Jones
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Chilton Corr
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Clara Brink
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Pete McCoy
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Billy Gray
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Sheriff Evans
George Chandler ...
Deputy Leach
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Spooner
John Maxwell ...
Mr. Spooner
Doris Packer ...
Mrs. Swaile
Edna Holland ...
Miss Burghey
George Spaulding ...
Governor
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In 1904, Doc Tilbee, medicine show huckster and champion tall-tale teller, gives a ride to a young boy escaped from an orphanage, where bad conditions (the result of political graft) are being investigated by new appointee Zerelda Wing, who doesn't know that her fiancée is one of the politicians responsible. Tad wants to stay with his new friend Doc, who is attracted to Zerelda, to the discomfiture of his old flame Clara...all amid nostalgic musical numbers. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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January 1953 (USA)  »

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Espérame en la feria  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The singing voice for Carole Mathews was dubbed by noted vocalist Jo Ann Greer, who also sang in various films for Rita Hayworth, Kim Novak, Esther Williams, June Allyson and Gloria Grahame. See more »

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I Got the Shiniest Mouth in Town
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Written by Stan Freberg
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Good Natured early Sirk

The second part of Sirk's "Americana" trilogy after "Has Anybody Seen My Gal" and before "Take Me To Town". Like its predecessor, there is a strong critical streak; this time its of political corruption, but the film is imbued with tremendous affection for its characters delightfully played by Dan Dailey, Scatman Crothers and child actor Chet Allen.

The musical numbers are decidedly second rate and add little to the film as a whole. Nothing in this modest, very light weight film portends the great melodramas that Sirk would make a few years on.

Its very easy and pleasant viewing but only of real interest to Sirk enthusiasts.


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