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State Fair (Special Edition)
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Rodgers and Hammerstein's only score written expressly for the screen highlights this delightful film about an Iowa family's adventures at the fair. Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews and Dick Haymes star.
"I've got that nice, tired old feeling," says Pa Frake near the end of the gentle, sunny 1945 film, State Fair. The Rodgers and Hammerstein music, commissioned while Oklahoma was still making musical-theater history, feels tired too, like the result of a hastily written score. The state of Iowa just can't seem to inspire the same quality music as its more memorable, southern cousin. Remember that State Fair gem "All I Owe Iowa"? Still, it is R and H, and "It Might as Well Be Spring" is here as well as some other decent ditties. There's a country-mouse feeling as the Frake family journeys to the big city for the annual harvest celebration. Young daughter Margy (Jeanne Crain) has her eye on something more exciting than her bore of a fiancé, while her brother meets a lovely big-band singer with a secret. But the bucolic, Old Farmer's Almanac feel is genuine, and it's most obviously a picture of a bygone era when someone expostulates gleefully, "You're gonna be the wife of a journalist!" Not a "don't miss" but not a dismiss either. The DVD features include a vintage trailer for the film and production notes, which do add to the experience. --Keith Simanton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I would buy this DVD simply for the song "It Might as Well Be Spring," which is possibly my favourite R&H song, but the second DVD also includes the almost forgotten 1962 version of the film with Ann Margret and Pat Boone. I have never seen the '62 film, but I have always wanted to, so this is great way to see it without buying it separately in case it is terrible.
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Corny though it may be i really love this colour film, not used to seeing movies of Dana Andrews in colour back in the forties when his career was at its pinnacle. Read morePublished 5 days ago by dogooder44
Bought it for my mother the copy was in great condition thank you so much she was thrilled!!!!!Published 7 days ago by Paul Jablonski
While this version doesn't work on our North American players you can set your computer to play it. This is always such a fun film, just a true sunny day to watch.Published 8 days ago by Snowy Angel's Mom
Good , Works like it should and so far no complaints.
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This move is definitely a classic! A movie I've loved since I was a kid. It should not be missed.Published on Dec 4 2013 by Christina Hartl
I Love the movie. I would recommend it to all my fiends. I have always loved the classics.Keep up the good work.Published on March 3 2013 by G.
I love all Rogers and Hammerstein musicals and had all of them except State Fair - I loved Pat Boone when I was a teenager and have been looking for this movie for a long time -... Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2013 by Suzanne Derome
This is a better film for families to see, despite the kissing. It is better than Carousel(a nightmare,) but not as good as Chicago. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2003
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