6.0/10
810
32 user 15 critic

State Fair (1962)

Texan farmers the Frake family head for the Texas State Fair in Dallas. The parents are focused on winning the competitions for livestock and cooking. However, their restless daughter Margy and her brother Wayne meet attractive new love interests.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay) (as Richard Breen), (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

State Fair (1945)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes
State Fair (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An Iowa family finds adventure, love, and heartbreak, when they spend a week at the state fair.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Janet Gaynor, Will Rogers, Lew Ayres
Oklahoma! (1955)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with a violent ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Gene Nelson
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Race car driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, Cesare Danova
Carousel (1956)
Drama | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Fifteen years after his death, a carousel barker is granted permission to return to Earth for one day to make amends to his widow and their daughter.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Connor
The Damned (1969)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The dramatic collapse of a wealthy, industrialist/Junker family during the reign of the Third Reich.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man who has set up the perfect lifestyle for himself makes the mistake of marrying while drunk...and his fantasies of murder are used against him.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Virna Lisi, Terry-Thomas
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Comedy-drama about life on a not particularly important ship of the US Navy during WW2.

Directors: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell
Blue Hawaii (1961)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After arriving back in Hawaii from the Army, Chad Gates defies his parents' wishes for him to work at the family business and instead goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend's agency.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young sailor returns home to discover his girl has married an older, wealthy man.

Director: Harvey Hart
Stars: Ann-Margret, Michael Parks, Janet Margolin
Road to Rio (1947)
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two inept vaudevillians stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Melissa Frake
...
David Brandon ...
Clem Harvey ...
Doc Cramer
...
Mincemeat Judge
Linda Heinrich ...
Betty Jean
Tap Canutt ...
Red Hoertert (as Edward 'Tap' Canutt)
...
Boy in Stands (as Marvin Aday)
Edit

Storyline

Texan farmers the Frake family head for the Texas State Fair in Dallas. The parents are focused on winning the competitions for livestock and cooking. However, their restless daughter Margy and her brother Wayne meet attractive new love interests.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 March 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Feira da Vida  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,500,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was Ann-Margret's very first feature film; it was shot before Pocketful of Miracles (1961). The latter is now considered her first film because it was released before State Fair. See more »

Connections

References Casbah (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

This Isn't Heaven
Lyrics and Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Bobby Darin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Wonderful Movie
2 April 2004 | by (Midwest) – See all my reviews

I know this film received less than favorable reviews at the time of its release, but I have always enjoyed it and watch it at least once or twice a year....there is something about the hominess and wonderful music that draw me to it in this day of mostly special effects in movies.

It is a tired old story and as others have stated, it has been filmed several times before, although, I think the array of young stars and their talents are well displayed and it was nice to see a couple of "old timers" like Tom Ewell and Alice Faye liven up the proceedings, which concern a family's adventure at the Texas State Fair; when I do compare it to the 1945 version, both seem very appropriate for the time they were filmed; Vivian Blaine made a wonderful Emily, as Ann-Margret does in the 1962 version, and both are "knockouts." Ann-Margret holds a special place in my heart, as she is originally from the Chicago area, and went to high-school with a good friend of the family; he told us that all eyes would turn when she entered a classroom, as she was such an imposing radiant figure and this was at seventeen or eighteen years of age....


13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?