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State Fair (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 February 1933 (USA)
An Iowa family finds adventure, love, and heartbreak, when they spend a week at the state fair.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Sonya Levien (screenplay), Paul Green (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Margy Frake
Will Rogers ... Abel Frake
Lew Ayres ... Pat Gilbert
Sally Eilers ... Emily Joyce
Norman Foster ... Wayne Frake
Louise Dresser ... Melissa Frake
Frank Craven ... Storekeeper
Victor Jory ... Hoop Toss Barker
Frank Melton ... Harry Ware
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Storyline

The Frake family attend the Iowa State Fair. Father Abel enters his Hampshire boar, Blue Boy, in the hog contents. Mother Melissa enters the mincemeat competition. And their children, Margy and Wayne, find love with newspaper reporter Pat Gilbert and trapeze artist Emily Joyce. But will everyone return home safe and happy or will hearts be broken? Written by L. Hamre

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8 great stars in one picture. (Herald). See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Feira da Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Des Moines, Iowa, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

" State Fair " was the sixth most popular movie at the U.S. box office for 1933. See more »

Quotes

Abel Frake: Wayne's got a girl.
Storekeeper: So did Henry VIII, eight of them, but he always showed up at every state affair with a new one.
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Crazy Credits

Most of the credits appear as posters being put up on billboards by workmen. In the film's final scene, there is a heavy rain, and as it washes away the poster bearing the title "State Fair", we see that it was pasted over another poster that says "The End". See more »

Alternate Versions

In the re-released version, the opening cast credits were changed. Only Janet Gaynor and Will Rogers' names were above the title, whereas the original version had the first 8 actors' names above the title. The Fox Movie Channel's print uses the original credit sequence. See more »

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Featured in Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Shanty or Levee Song
(1933) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Fred Rycroft
Written for the movie and probably played in the score
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Surprisingly adult.
16 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The musical version of "State Fair" (1945) is one of my favorite films of the 1940s. Because of this, I really wanted to see the original version from 1933, but it took me years until I was able to find it. Now that I've seen it, I feel a bit let down. It was a good film--but after all that wait, I had hoped for more. In fact, it's a decent film but not as good as the 1945 version.

For the most part, the plot is exactly the same in both versions. However, since the 1933 film came out before the new Production Code was adopted, the movie clearly has a much more adult portion of the story. When the family is off at the state fair having fun, the son has A LOT of fun--and clearly it's implied that he was having sex with a performer he'd met there.

The film had the same plot (except for the huge exception above) but it lacked the sweetness and homespun feel that the later version had. It is good--just not as good.


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