Farm family Frake, with discontented daughter Margy, head for the Iowa State Fair. On the first day, both Margy and brother Wayne meet attractive new flames; so does father's prize hog, Blue Boy. As the fair proceeds, so do the romances; must lovers separate when the fair closes?Written by
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Based on their individually sour experiences in Hollywood during the 1930s, Rodgers and Hammerstein consented to compose the score for State Fair (1945) only if they could do so without having to set foot in California. Therefore, the team wrote the songs in New York, shipped them to the studio and bowed out -- that is, until Rodgers caught wind of the fact that musical director Alfred Newman planned to conduct "It Might As Well Be Spring" as a moody, expansive ballad. Rodgers fought the studio on this one point, as he had specifically written the song as a jittery up-tempo. But Newman prevailed and, upon hearing the finished product, Rodgers was forced to admit that the song did indeed work splendidly as a ballad, so much so that it ultimately won the Academy Award for Best Song of the Year. See more »
During the penultimate scene (the veranda scene), Wayne Frake leaves the house. As he leaves, stepping off the veranda, the camera tracks right, and the shadow of the boom mic appear on the wall of the house as Wayne continues to move off set. See more »
I first saw this film in 1945, when I was completing 5 years in the Royal Navy. I was stationed in Kure , Japan, (5 miles from Hiroshima). We were the first British naval personnel to land in the area after the end of WW2, and services and accommodation were very primitive. When things started improving, we got our first film, "State Fair" with the gorgeous Jeanne Crain 'singing the Oscar winning song "It might as well be spring" The wonderful Rodgers and Hammerstein also provides opportunities for Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine to exercise their tonsils.This happy film never flags; if its the mincemeat or Hampshire Boar competitions, the family have a ball.Look out for a wonderful cameo performance from Donald Meek as the aforementioned @mincemeat' judge. I have watched this film at least a dozen times, the last time last week on DVD and it never bores.
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