Thursday, December 30, 2010
State Fair(1945). Directed by Walter Lang. The film is the first remake of the 1933 film of the same name. This version has original music by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Cast: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine, Fay Bainter and Charles Winninger. This was the only musical Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote for film. The movie introduced such popular songs as "It Might As Well Be Spring" and "It's A Grand Night For Singing".
This version won an Academy Award for Best Song for "It Might As Well Be Spring" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Jeanne Crain's singing voice was dubbed by Louanne Hogan. State Fair was remade a second time in 1962.
The story begins with the whole Frake family excited about their trip to the Iowa State Fair: Mother Melissa hopes her mincemeat recipe will win first prize. Father Abel is bringing his prize boar, Blue Boy. Wayne goes to the fairgrounds, where he plans to get even with the ring toss barker, who cost Wayne eight dollars the year before. When the barker threatens to call the police, a young woman, claiming to be the police chief's daughter, talks him into returning Wayne's money. Margie spends her time with newspaper writer Pat Gilbert, who is covering the fair for the Des Moines Register . That night, Margy and Pat again meet at the fairgrounds, and Wayne discovers that his mystery woman is singer, Emily Edwards. Each of the Frake family members come home every evening with their secrets. What will happen to their new romances when the fair closes?
State Fair, is a wonderful fluffy romantic film. Beautifully photographed in beautiful color that will take you back into the mid 40s and, best of all, it does contain the Oscar winning song, "It Might As Well Be Spring."