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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.

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Melissa Frake
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Clem Harvey ...
Doc Cramer
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Mincemeat Judge
Linda Heinrich ...
Betty Jean
Tap Canutt ...
Red Hoertert (as Edward 'Tap' Canutt)
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Boy in Stands (as Marvin Aday)
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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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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 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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The stage version of "State Fair" opened at the Music Box Theater on March 27, 1996 and ran for 110 performances. 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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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....


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