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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

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
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Deputy Leach
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Spooner
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Mr. Spooner
Doris Packer ...
Mrs. Swaile
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Espérame en la feria  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The film takes place in 1904. See more »

Soundtracks

Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?
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Written by Hughie Cannon
Danced by Carole Mathews and Dante DiPaolo
Performed by Carole Mathews (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer)
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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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