State FairDirector: Walter Lang
Twentieth Century-Fox couldn't make a film version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's Oklahoma in 1945--that particular Broadway musical would remain a "hot ticket" until the end of the decade--so the studio did the next best thing by hiring Rodgers & Hammerstein to pen the score for the Technicolorful State Fair. Fox had previously made a non-singing movie of Philip Stong's novel in 1933, with Janet Gaynor and Will Rogers in the leads. The musical remake downplayed the older characters in favor of the younger members of the cast. Set during the annual Iowa State Fair, the story concentrates on the Frakes family: father Charles Winninger, mother Fay Bainter, and grown-up children Jeanne Crain and Dick Haymes. Each has his or her own reason for attending the fair: Winninger intends to win the "prize hog" ribbon, Bainter hopes to defeat her longtime snooty rival in the food contest (she wins when the judges get schnockered on the alcohol in her entry), Crain falls in love with fast-talking journalist Dana Andrews, and Haymes woos footloose and fancy-free vocalist Vivian Blaine. Musical highlights include the Oscar-winning "It Might as Well be Spring," "It's a Grand Night for Singing," and the title number. To avoid confusion with the 1962 remake, the 1945 State Fair was for many years retitled It Happened One Summer for TV showings.
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- 20th Century Fox
Cast & Crew
|Jeanne Crain||Margy Frake|
|Dana Andrews||Pat Gilberg|
|Dick Haymes||Wayne Frake|
|Vivian Blaine||Emily Joyce|
|Charles Winninger||Abel Frake|
|Fay Bainter||Meilissa Frake|
|Phil Brown||Harry Ware|
|Paul E. Burns||Hank|
|Paul Harvey||Managing Editor|
|Walter S. Baldwin||Farmer|
|Ralph Sanford||Police Chief|
|Virginia Brissac||Farmers' Wife|
|Wheaton Chambers||Assistant Judge|
|Jo Carroll Dennison||Girl|
|Harry Depp||Secretary to Judge|
|Francis Ford||Mr. Martin|
|Josephine Whittell||Mrs. Metcalfe|
|Richard L. Breen||Screenwriter|
|Lewis H. Creber||Art Director|
|Charles Henderson||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Thomas K. Little||Set Decoration/Design|
|Alfred Newman||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Al Orenbach||Set Decoration/Design|
|Richard Rodgers||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Rodgers & Hammerstein||Score Composer|
|Fred Sersen||Special Effects|
|J. Watson Webb||Editor|
|Lyle Wheeler||Art Director|
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I absolutely love this movie. I didn't actually see this movie for the first time until I was in college. The songs are great, and it just leaves you with a warm feeling. I would watch this movie when I was depressed and it always made me feel better!
This movie is a wonderful clasic that will warm and touch your hearts! I love this movie! It's truly magnificant!
This second of three film versions of Philip Strong's novel about a farm family attending their state fair contains the only score Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote directly for the screen. A wonderful family entertainment, beautifully rendered in rich technicolor, the film not only features the wonderful R&H evergreens, but is a delightful showcase for the very lovely Jeanne Crain and 20th's 'cherry blonde', Vivian Blaine (a few years before she wowed audiences on Broadway as Adelaide in 'Guys and Dolls'). Crain's singing voice was supplied by Louanne Hogan, a classic example of perfect seamless dubbing. Her version of 'It Might as Well Be Spring' is lush, lovely and deeply moving. A grand film!
State Fair is an amazing musical that I have grown up watching. The music and lyrics are beautifully written and the storyline is so fun to watch. This is a must have musical!
If you like relaxing movies or catchy songs that will stick in your head, this is one to own and watch over and over throughout the years. Really good family, or date movie, and a great fun movie. Received Best song award.
This is a fantastic movie, much better than anything that has come out of this genre in the last 10 years! Must see!
I first watched this 1945 movie 2 years ago on Christmas Day and fell in love with it. Charles Winniger is very comical as the dad, Jeanne Crain is charming, Dick Haymes has a very good singing voice, Vivian Blaine is wonderful as Emily. I was very touched at how happy they all seemed individually at the fair. This movie is wonderful and a delight to watch. But the 1962 version, stay away from. The only enjoyment in this movie for me was of course Ann Margret. The Frake family annoyed me immensley, especially the mother, after calling Emily 'trash.' Heck, she didn't even meet her yet! And Abel's tenderness to Blue Boy is wiped out by his meanness to him later. The breakup between Emily and Wayne was very acceptable in the '45 version, as Emily being already married. In this version, Emily gets all upset after she overhears Wayne's Mom calling her trash. She breaks up with Wayne, after they're already engaged. Now you have to wonder where it would have gone if Wayne's Mom didn't call her trash... I think all the charm of the 1945 version is wiped out here, and I just didn't find anything good about it, though I hate to be so negative. The 1945 version is the only good one. But it is very good, and it's worth it just for this version!!!
What a GREAT CLASSIC film!!! Love the songs!! The absolute allure of this film makes it a winner from generation to generation!!! Don't hesitate to buy this, it's worth every penny!