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Walter Lang's charming State Fair comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials on this THX certified disc include a trailer. This is a fine release from 20th Century Fox that should be worthwhile for any fan of old-time Hollywood entertainment.
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DVD Originally released: 1999. Good old-fashioned hometown pride is on exhibit in lavish Technicolor in this remake of the 1933 film, the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ... written directly for the silver screen. When the Frake family travels to the fair, Ma and Pa (Charles Winninger and Fay Bainter) enter contests while daughter Margy (Jeanne Crain) and son Wayne (Dick Haymes) both fall in love for the first time. STATE FAIR is attractively photographed and energized by the vibrant performances of the talented lead actors and actresses, but the high point of the film is the colorful hoopla and hullabaloo of the fair itself, a bustling nexus of strange, wonderful, and hilarious characters brought to life by the fine supporting cast. Songs from the Academy Award-nominated score include "It's a Grand Night for Singing, " ``That's For Me, '' and the Oscar-winning "It Might As Well Be Spring. " Read more Show Less

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Walter Lang's charming State Fair comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials on this THX certified disc include a trailer. This is a fine release from 20th Century Fox that should be worthwhile for any fan of old-time Hollywood entertainment.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
20th Century Fox knew how to use Technicolor better than anyone else, and the Iowa sky in State Fair is breathtakingly blue -- almost as breathtaking, in fact, as Vivian Blaine's crimson tresses. But the vibrant color scheme isn't the only ingredient that separates the Fox musical tradition from, say, MGM's. Could anyone imagine the overly exuberant Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney take the place of such pleasantly corn-fed folks as State Fair's Jeanne Crain and Dick Haymes? Crain and Haymes may not possess the sock-it-to-them gusto that members of the Arthur Freed unit over at Metro demonstrated but they also don't wear out their welcome quite so soon. Granted, Miss Crain's singing voice needed dubbing (by Louanne Hogan) and Haymes never truly made it to stardom, but they both fit State Fair to the proverbial "T." Nothing much happens here, you see; nothing much, or so the screenplay seems to imply, ever happens in "I-o-way" and that is the musical's ultimate charm. Decent folks struggling with everyday problems of pride and romance and not a true villain in sight, unless you count the overly confident Mrs. Metcalfe (Josephine Whittell), whose prize mincemeat loses to Mrs. Frake's (Fay Bainter) brandy-fortified ditto. Almost always choosing purebred Americana over showbiz sophistication, 20th Century Fox knew well how to spin such a negligible yarn, and the tuneful Rodgers & Hammerstein score simply clinches the deal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/1999
  • UPC: 086162108679
  • Original Release: 1945
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Mono / Thx
  • Sound: monaural, THX-Supervised Mastering
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanne Crain Margy Frake
Dana Andrews Pat Gilberg
Dick Haymes Wayne Frake
Vivian Blaine Emily Joyce
Charles Winninger Abel Frake
Fay Bainter Meilissa Frake
Donald Meek Hippenstahl
Frank McHugh McGee
Percy Kilbride Miller
Henry Morgan Barker
Jane Nigh Eleanor
William Marshall Marty
Phil Brown Harry Ware
Paul E. Burns Hank
Tom Fadden Eph
William Frambes Pappy
Paul Harvey Managing Editor
John Dehner Announcer
Harlan Briggs Judge
Will Wright Judge
Alice Fleming Judge
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
Earle Dewey
Francis Ford Mr. Martin
Coleen Gray Girl
Neal Hart Farmer
Frank Mayo Man
Steve Olsen Barker
Emory Parnell Senator
Almira Sessions
Minerva Urecal Woman
Margo Woode
Josephine Whittell Mrs. Metcalfe
Alfred Newman Conductor
Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Charles Brackett Producer
Richard L. Breen Screenwriter
Lewis H. Creber Art Director
Paul Green Screenwriter
Oscar Hammerstein II Songwriter, Screenwriter
Charles Henderson Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Sonya Levien Screenwriter
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Al Orenbach Set Decoration/Design
William Perlberg Producer
Richard Rodgers Score Composer, Songwriter
Rodgers & Hammerstein Score Composer
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
J. Watson Webb Jr. Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    1945 version ROCKS!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    This is a fantastic movie, much better than anything that has come out of this genre in the last 10 years! Must see!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Re-watchable again and again, great relaxing date movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have Musical

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the best R&H available on DVD

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Clasic

    This movie is a wonderful clasic that will warm and touch your hearts! I love this movie! It's truly magnificant!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CLASSIC!

    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!

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