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State Fair (1962)

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Texan farmers the Frake family head for the Texas State Fair in Dallas. The parents are focused on winning the competitions for livestock and cooking. However, their restless daughter Margy and her brother Wayne meet attractive new love interests.

Director:

José Ferrer

Writers:

Richard L. Breen (screenplay) (as Richard Breen), Oscar Hammerstein II (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat Boone ... Wayne Frake
Bobby Darin ... Jerry Dundee
Pamela Tiffin ... Margy Frake
Ann-Margret ... Emily Porter
Tom Ewell ... Abel Frake
Alice Faye ... Melissa Frake
Wally Cox ... Hipplewaite
David Brandon David Brandon ... Harry Ware
Clem Harvey ... Doc Cramer
Robert Foulk ... Mincemeat Judge
Linda Heinrich Linda Heinrich ... Betty Jean (as Linda Henrich)
Tap Canutt Tap Canutt ... Red Hoertert (as Edward 'Tap' Canutt)
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Storyline

The Frakes - father Abel Frake, mother Melissa Frake, young adult son Wayne Frake and eighteen year old daughter Margy Frake - are a farming family from Banning, Texas getting ready to go to the multi-day Texas State Fair in Dallas as they do every year. Wayne is too preoccupied with entering his red sportster in the Gold Cup car races against his arch rival Red Hoertert than really notice that his unofficial fiancée Betty Jean isn't going to the fair. And Margy is just preoccupied with the thought of being in a relationship with a real man, instead of the courtship she has with the boorish Harry Ware. At the fair, Melissa is hoping she made the right decision regarding the mincemeat she has entered for judging, she dealing with her temperance view against Abel's assertion that the mincemeat would taste better with some brandy. The competition is even more cutthroat as commercial producers have entered several of the food competitions including mincemeat this year. And Abel may have ... Written by Huggo

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So fresh and wonderful with Richard Rodgers' NEWEST melodies and NEWEST lyrics!

Genres:

Musical | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish | French

Release Date:

9 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Feira da Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Becker, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Ann-Margret's very first feature film; it was shot before Pocketful of Miracles (1961), which is generally considered her debut because it was released before State Fair (1962) and thus trumpeted an 'introducing' credit for her in the main titles. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

It's A Grand Night For Singing
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Ann-Margret, Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, David Street, Pamela Tiffin,
and Chorus
(Vocals for Miss Tiffin: Anita Gordon)
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I was in the movie
3 August 2010 | by Vickia-808-146640See all my reviews

I was in the 2nd grade at Lakewood Elementary and I can remember a man coming into our classroom and telling us he was going to make a movie at the State Fair and he needed kids to ride the merry-go-round, and who wanted to be in it? We all raised our hands. I ran all the way home from school and ran into the house shouting to my Mom that "I am going to be in a movie". And I was! Our job was to ride the merry-go-round and sing. We sat underneath a tent, while we were taught the words to the song (of course professional child singers were who you heard). I can name almost every one of the kids you see in the move, including me.

My Dad had to get me a social security number so I could get paid $25.00 per night for two nights. The cool thing is that my social security number is listed out of California. My Mom took me shopping and let me buy a doll with the money I made.

Oh, the memories! Our State Fair is a great State Fair, don't miss it, don't even be late. Its dollars to donuts that our State Fair is the best State Fair in our State! Vicki A.


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