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State Fair (1945)

Approved | | 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.

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Oscar Hammerstein II (screenplay), Philip Stong (from a novel by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A reprise of the song "Isn't It Kinda Fun" was sung by Dick Haymes as his character takes a shower. The number was cut before the film was released but the footage still survives intact. See more »

Goofs

During a number of the outdoor scenes at the fair, mountains can be seen in the background that are far taller than any mountains that are found in Iowa. See more »

Quotes

Melissa Frake: I don't know what's gotten into you lately. All you do is sit around and mope.
Margy Frake: I don't sit around and mope.
Melissa Frake: Well, stop moping now, and finish your packing.
Margy Frake: Always saying she doesn't know what's got into me. I'll be glad to get to the fair. Hear something different. See something different for a change. What has got into me anyway?
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Connections

Referenced in Lorraine: Episode dated 26 October 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Jeanne Crain (dubbed by Louanne Hogan)
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"Puny" in an unfair assessment.
8 November 2004 | by BruceUllmSee all my reviews

There were many amusing elements to this feature and more than one great song. "That's for me" comes immediately to mind. The Technicolor on the DVD is stunning and makes me wish that Hollywood still used the old three-strip system to film in color. I happen to enjoy Spring Byington's charming and sweet supporting performance and know for a fact that she was as kind and good as she portrayed on the screen, both silver and television.

I will never forget that wonderful crane shot of Craine (no pun intended) as she wistfully sang, "It Might As Well Be Spring" from her bedroom window. Corny and classy all at once. Where better for pure American corn than a state fair?


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