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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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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 »


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Trivia

The mammoth number "All I Owe Ioway," performed by Vivian Blaine, Charles Winninger, William Marshall, Fay Bainter, Donald Meek and the chorus, is unusually structured for its era with its verse, refrain and extended 10-bar coda. The tune is modulated a total of four times in a showstopping production number that lasts five minutes on screen. The song, an undisputed highlight of the score, was forcibly dropped from the 1962 remake when the locale was shifted from rural Des Moines, Iowa to urban Dallas, Texas. See more »

Goofs

After the roller coaster ride, Margy gets off and sees the roller coaster going up for the next run. In the seats of the roller coaster cars, you can see Pat and Margy still on the roller coaster as well as the same two young couple sitting in front of them. See more »

Quotes

Abel Frake: [tasting the mincemeat] Doesn't taste like Grandma Stiches.
Melissa Frake: I followed the recipe.
Abel Frake: You left something out.
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.102 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Funiculi, Funicula
Music by Luigi Denza
Heard as background music during the fair
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Wonderful slice of Americana-Nothing more, nothing less!
10 April 2003 | by JTBWRITERSee all my reviews

A wonderful look at an America we will never see again-tuneful, romantic and a Happy Ending! State Fair never claims to be the end all and be all, just a sweet look at the tradition of the State Fair put to music. This movie (and the ensuing Broadway Musical) stand on their own next to Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, King and I, Sound of Music, etc.

Jeanie Crain and Dana Andrews play their scenes so effortlessly, you forget its just a 3 day romance. Dick Haymes and the eternal Vivian Blaine have a chemistry that works much better then the Pat Boone version.

I recommend this movie to anyone who wants a break from the tired old action/violence/cheesy comedies of today-it's as much an image of summer as cotton candy and candy apples!


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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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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