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State Fair (Special Edition)

Jeanne Crain , Dana Andrews , José Ferrer , Walter Lang    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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"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

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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.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Musical, but......... July 24 2001
As far as the story, cast, and songs go, State Fair is a warm nostalgic film which is highly enjoyable. I bought the DVD for what I hoped would be an improvement over my VHS. I was disappointed by the audio and video quality of the DVD to be quite honest. The audio is so low that I really had to crank up my receiver to get an acceptable volume. Afterall, this is a musical isn't it? In the early part of the film when Jeanne Crain is singing "It Might as well be Spring", there seemed to be little gnats flying around her face. In reality they were spots on the film that SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLEANED UP. This condition improved later on, but come on! These Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals should have been given a lot more loving care than they have received. I say this because other musicals in the series also have problems. The audio and video on State Fair needs some restoration, the kind that is afforded other classic films. Otherwise, a worthwhile purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good March 19 2014
By Bob Ca
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth seeing Dec 4 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! March 3 2013
By G.
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I Love the movie. I would recommend it to all my fiends. I have always loved the classics.Keep up the good work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars State Fair Jan. 21 2013
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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 - great movie
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet film Nov. 17 2005
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. Yes, the plot is a little hokey, but it's sweet and innocent and old-fashioned and, to use a tired cliché, a great feel-good film. Jeanne Crain is perfect and you don't even notice that they dubbed her singing voice.
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Isn't the film kinda fun? Nov. 23 2003
By A Customer
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. The first time I saw it, it was fast, but now that I almost know it by heart, truthfully, it is going slower despite the running time being 100 minutes. Overall, an entertaing yet so-so film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A kinder, gentler era June 18 2003
By bookfan
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? The music is lovely (I just can't agree with those critics who call it weak), and even though Jeanne Crain and Dick Haymes look far too worldly and sophisticated to be smalltown Iowa farm kids, the movie has a colorful and homey feeling to it. It is about a time when people got excited about spending three days at a county fair, riding on ferris wheels and eating candy apples. Our world may be a lot more sophisticated and technologically savvy nowadays, but I can't help thinking that we've lost a lot of the fun that our grandparents had. This movie brings it back. Enjoy!
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