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State Fair (1962)

 -  Musical  -  9 March 1962 (USA)
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Cast overview:
Pamela Tiffin ...
Melissa Frake
David Brandon ...
Clem Harvey ...
Doc Cramer
Robert Foulk ...
Mincemeat Judge
Linda Heinrich ...
Betty Jean
Tap Canutt ...
Red Hoertert (as Edward 'Tap' Canutt)


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So fresh and wonderful with Richard Rodgers' NEWEST melodies and NEWEST lyrics!




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Release Date:

9 March 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Feira da Vida  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)


$3,500,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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Returning to Twentieth Century-Fox after nearly 17 years, Alice Faye had hoped to reunite with two friends from her Fox heyday - Don Ameche (in the role of Abel Frake) and director Henry King. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) See more »


Never Say No To A Man
Lyrics and Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Alice Faye
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State Fair - A Grand Night For Singing
23 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the "updated" version of the original State Fair. The locality of this remake is Texas, not Iowa, as the original version was, which may make it seem "bigger" but not really "better". Alice Faye (who was in the original) is great, and Bobby Darin stole the show as the smooth talking big town guy, while Ann Margaret sparkled as she sang and danced during her production numbers, "Isn't It Kinda Nice". The music is wonderfully done, as always, and I truly wanted to enjoy this film more than I did. Boone was musically at the top of his form in this film and makes a valiant try in the dramatic parts of his role of Wayne, but the dramatic parts were just not as believable as his singing. The musical scenes were very good, and made the movie fun! It's a whimsical look back at a time which probably never was this clean cut. However, I do remember the importance of State Fairs, with its 4-H and farm demonstration, carnivals, family atmosphere, and introduction of young people in domestic and farming activities. To win FIRST in anything at the State Fair is BIG stuff. This part of the film rings very true. The plot is thin, because the music was the important part of the film. A DVD is currently available of both versions of "State Fair" (1942 and 1962 version). Anyone interested in comparing the two should view this DVD. Still "State Fair", whichever version you view does have songs which make it a "grand night for singing". Joyce

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