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State Fair (1962)

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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.

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The Frakes - father Abel Frake, mother Melissa Frake, young adult son Wayne Frake and eighteen year old daughter Margy Frake - are a farming family from Banning, Texas getting ready to go to the multi-day Texas State Fair in Dallas as they do every year. Wayne is too preoccupied with entering his red sportster in the Gold Cup car races against his arch rival Red Hoertert than really notice that his unofficial fiancée Betty Jean isn't going to the fair. And Margy is just preoccupied with the thought of being in a relationship with a real man, instead of the courtship she has with the boorish Harry Ware. At the fair, Melissa is hoping she made the right decision regarding the mincemeat she has entered for judging, she dealing with her temperance view against Abel's assertion that the mincemeat would taste better with some brandy. The competition is even more cutthroat as commercial producers have entered several of the food competitions including mincemeat this year. And Abel may have ... Written by Huggo

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

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9 March 1962 (USA)  »

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A Feira da Vida  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$3,500,000
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2.35 : 1
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Technically speaking, only two songs ("Our State Fair" and "It Might As Well Be Spring") stemmed dramatically from the plot in the original 1945 version of State Fair, not surprising since Rodgers and Hammerstein - essentially credited with inventing the fully-integrated musical - were not actively involved in the production of the film. Happily, in the 1962 remake, each and every one of the songs is book-inspired, with the exception of "Isn't It Kinda Fun," which is rightfully used as a showcase for Emily's (Ann-Margret) midway act. In particular, "That's For Me," a presentational bandstand number in the 1945 version, was reconfigured as an introspective piece of character development for Wayne (Pat Boone) in the remake. See more »

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Referenced in Tell It to Groucho: Episode dated 19 April 1962 (1962) See more »

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Willing and Eager
Lyrics and Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Ann-Margret and Pat Boone
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State Fair - A Grand Night For Singing
23 October 2006 | by 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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