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Director:
Writers:
Richard L. Breen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 March 1962 (USA) See more »
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So fresh and wonderful with Richard Rodgers' NEWEST melodies and NEWEST lyrics!
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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A cute, if somewhat overdone remake of the '45 musical See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Pat Boone ... Wayne Frake

Bobby Darin ... Jerry Dundee

Pamela Tiffin ... Margy Frake

Ann-Margret ... Emily Porter

Tom Ewell ... Abel Frake

Alice Faye ... Melissa Frake

Wally Cox ... Hipplewaite
David Brandon ... Harry Ware
Clem Harvey ... Doc Cramer

Robert Foulk ... Mincemeat Judge
Linda Heinrich ... Betty Jean
Tap Canutt ... Red Hoertert (as Edward 'Tap' Canutt)

Meat Loaf ... Boy in Stands (as Marvin Aday)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bebe Allen ... Usherette (uncredited)

Sheila Allen ... Hipplewaite's Girl (uncredited)
Walter Beilby ... Swine Judge (uncredited)
Herman Boden ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Husky Man at Mincemeat Contest (uncredited)
Earl Chaney ... Boy in Stands (uncredited)
Margaret Deramee ... Lilya (uncredited)
Mary Durant ... Woman Mincemeat Judge (uncredited)
Anita Gordon ... Margy Frake (singing voice) (uncredited)
Claude Hall ... Sime (uncredited)
Albert Harris ... Jim (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Bill Lee ... Emily's Dance Partner (singing voice) (uncredited)
Tom Loughney ... Dick Burdick (uncredited)
Jim Lowe ... Big Tex (voice) (uncredited)
Edwin McClure ... Announcer (uncredited)
George Russell ... George Hoffer (uncredited)
Tony Zoppi ... The Masher (uncredited)

Directed by
José Ferrer 
 
Writing credits
Richard L. Breen (screenplay) (as Richard Breen)

Oscar Hammerstein II (adaptation) and
Paul Green (adaptation) &
Sonya Levien (adaptation)

Philip Stong (novel)

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
 
Art Direction by
Walter M. Simonds 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Lucien Hafley  (as Lou Hafley)
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
 
Music Department
George Bassman .... orchestrator
Henry Beau .... orchestrator
Ken Darby .... associate: Alfred Newman
Pete King .... orchestrator
Gus Levene .... orchestrator
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Alfred Newman .... conductor
Alfred Newman .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Nick Castle .... choreographer
 

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UK:118 min | USA:118 min
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4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
One of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II songs from the 1945 movie score could not be used in this picture - "All I Owe Ioway," since, of course, the state fair had been transplanted from Iowa to Texas. In the 1962 film, Richard Rodgers provided both music and lyrics for an equivalent number, "The Little Things in Texas," sung by Alice Faye, Tom Ewell and a children's chorus.See more »
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References The Dawn Patrol (1938)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Little Things In TexasSee more »

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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A cute, if somewhat overdone remake of the '45 musical, 14 November 2000
Author: Liza-19 from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

I liked it, although it is not up to par with it's 1945's predecessor. The 1945 film was absolutely charming, and this one does fall short in some areas. The romances do not seem quite as fulfilling as in the earlier version, yet the musical numbers are something to gawk at.

Ann-Margret is stunning at the beginning of her career and practically steals the show. Pamela Tiffin is charming and surprisingly manages a southern accent very well, while the hopelessly miscast Pat Boone is giving it his all to be a Texas farm boy and it just doesn't seem to work out. However Bobby Darin is darling as a self - centered reporter who falls for Tiffin without realizing it. The remake uses all of the songs from the original musical, minus "I Owe Iowa" which was replaced with "The Little Things in Texas" due to the change in setting. Its new songs are very good, and while Margret's jazzy remake of "Isn't it Kinda Fun?" raised a few eyebrows, the musical direction is very well done and fully satisfying.

Really the only drawback to this production is in comparison with its two earlier versions. The love stories in the 1945 version were more complete, the acting a little more sincere, and the story more innocent. This 1962 version obviously had a much bigger budget to work with and it comes across in the musical numbers. It is a worthwhile production and a good movie.

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