State Fair


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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
3 hours, 38 minutes
  • PCM Mono
  • THX-Certified Mastering
  • USA & territories, Canada
  • Spanish
Video Features
  • ccDisc One:
  • 1945 Movie version of State Fair
  • Audio commentary by film historian Richard Barrios and Tom Briggs (Co-author of the State Fair broadway musical)
  • "From Page to Screen" featurette
  • Singalong karaoke subtitles (English)
  • Still galleries:
  • -Set design and wardrobe
  • -Behind-the-scenes photos
  • -Lobby cards and posters
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Disc Two:
  • 1962 Movie version of State Fair
  • Audio commentary by Pat Boone
  • Vintage stage Excerpt from the 1954 television tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein®
  • Rare "State Fair" television pilot
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