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.
Good , Works like it should and so far no complaints.
What else to say but that it works like it should.
Yes it works like it should
This move is definitely a classic! A movie I've loved since I was a kid. It should not be missed.Published 24 months ago 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
As others have said, State Fair is generally regarded as the weakest of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, but this film is one that I have always loved. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2005 by for_love_of_joss
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
This movie is pure delight. Yes, it has some of the corniest moments ever put on film -- but isn't that part of the charm of these old movies? Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by bookfan
Unlike Jeanne Crain's, Vivian Blaine's singing voice is her own and she outclasses everyone in the film. Read morePublished on March 29 2003 by Louis Barbarelli