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State Fair (1945)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 30 August 1945 (USA)
The Frake family attends the annual Iowa State Fair; each member of the clan has their own reason for doing so.


Walter Lang


Oscar Hammerstein II (screenplay), Philip Stong (from a novel by) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Margy Frake
Dana Andrews ... Pat Gilbert
Dick Haymes ... Wayne Frake
Vivian Blaine ... Emily Edwards
Charles Winninger ... Abel Frake
Fay Bainter ... Melissa Frake
Donald Meek ... Hippenstahl
Frank McHugh ... McGee
Percy Kilbride ... Dave Miller
Harry Morgan ... Barker (as Henry Morgan)
Jane Nigh ... Eleanor
William Marshall ... Marty
Phil Brown ... Harry Ware
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Esmeralda Esmeralda ... The Hog
Whilwind Whilwind ... Hog


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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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For the young in heart! And romantic oldsters, too! See more »


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Did You Know?


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 »


Melissa Frake: Mmm, I don't know.
Abel Frake: Let me taste. Don't taste like Grandma Stitch's.
Melissa Frake: I followed the recipe.
Abel Frake: You left something out.
Melissa Frake: Abel Frake, I am not going to put liquor in my cooking!
Abel Frake: Making mince meat without brandy? No such thing.
Melissa Frake: I don't approve of it, and I won't do it.
Abel Frake: You'll be sorry. You know, those judges at the fair, they like a little snifter now and then.
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Referenced in California Split (1974) See more »


Funiculi, Funicula
Music by Luigi Denza
Heard as background music during the fair
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A lovely film
21 June 2005 | by albirmikeSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

30 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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