State Fair

State Fair

DVD - 1945
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Each member of the Frake family is out for a different prize when they attend their state fair. Father wants a blue ribbon for his favorite pet pig, Mom's pie better win first prize, and their son and daughter is on the hunt for true love.
Publisher: Beverley Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c1945.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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ThomasJWhiting
Mar 07, 2016

GREAT 60th Anniversary Edition 'State Fair' package with 1945 and 1962 films, and terrific extras.
Both films were great and I'm glad I saw the 1945 one night and 1962 the very next so I could recognize some of the new tunes that got added to 1962 film. Also fun to see the changing cultural differences that slipped into second film 17 years later. I did enjoy both Pat Boone and Bobby Darin - and Ann-Margret (dancing in those black nylons) in less favored '62 version - and also am a big fan of Vivian Blaine in '45 film.
Brought back memories of my going to Puyallup Fair (our State Fair) as a youth back in the 50's which provided an interesting mix of carnival rides, etc. and also the WA country/farming flavor I hadn't experienced growing up in West Seattle (and going to the Hi-U parade/festival down at West Seattle Stadium).
The 1945 film had whack 'I Owe Ioway' dance/song, and the geographically relocated 1962 had 'Little Things in Texas I Love'.

When Disc 2 didn't load properly on my DVD player, I used a cleaning disc to clean the player's lens. Afterwards though, I discovered that the issue was caused by the disc itself. There are multiple smudges, which need to be cleaned. For the most part, I enjoyed disc 1. I'm hoping that KCLS will have a cleaner disc. UPDATE: My mom found some disc cleaner, and everything's fine now!

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Love_Legolas_111
Dec 15, 2014

Definitely my third favorite musical (after the King and I and the Sound of Music). This one is really under-rated, but you get the whole package: it's romantic, it's really funny, it's heart-warming. Just...I love it. You need to see this one at least once.

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garycornell
Aug 01, 2014

What was it like to go to the Iowa State Fair in the early 1940's? Remember many families had loved ones in the war and those left behind were eager for some wholesome music and a great comic story. "State Fair" was first a movie and then a stage musical. The cast of Dana Andrews and Jeanne Craine were the romantic leads. The singing was left to Vivian Blaine and Dick Haymes. There is only one song in the movie sung twice and it is "That's for Me". Nostalgia has so much to do with "State Fair". If you enjoy the farming, livestock, and carnival idea of the state fair, then there is a good chance you will enjoy this film. My thanks for reading the above. Are there any Rodgers and Hammerstein fans out their in KCLS land? I hope so!!
PS: This qualifies as a "Buried Film Treasure" since KCLS has only 2 copies and 6 holds on them. Even more surprising, no one has left a review until mine today, August 1, 2014. I always appreciate others sharing their opinion on a film. Sharing is what the library is all about. Thanks again!!

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