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State Fair (1962)

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Texan farmers the Frake family head for the Texas State Fair in Dallas. The parents are focused on winning the competitions for livestock and cooking. However, their restless daughter Margy and her brother Wayne meet attractive new love interests.

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José Ferrer

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Richard L. Breen (screenplay) (as Richard Breen), Oscar Hammerstein II (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat Boone ... Wayne Frake
Bobby Darin ... Jerry Dundee
Pamela Tiffin ... Margy Frake
Ann-Margret ... Emily Porter
Tom Ewell ... Abel Frake
Alice Faye ... Melissa Frake
Wally Cox ... Hipplewaite
David Brandon David Brandon ... Harry Ware
Clem Harvey ... Doc Cramer
Robert Foulk ... Mincemeat Judge
Linda Henrich Linda Henrich ... Betty Jean
Tap Canutt Tap Canutt ... Red Hoertert (as Edward 'Tap' Canutt)
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Storyline

The Frakes - father Abel Frake, mother Melissa Frake, young adult son Wayne Frake and eighteen year old daughter Margy Frake - are a farming family from Banning, Texas getting ready to go to the multi-day Texas State Fair in Dallas as they do every year. Wayne is too preoccupied with entering his red sportster in the Gold Cup car races against his arch rival Red Hoertert than really notice that his unofficial fiancée Betty Jean isn't going to the fair. And Margy is just preoccupied with the thought of being in a relationship with a real man, instead of the courtship she has with the boorish Harry Ware. At the fair, Melissa is hoping she made the right decision regarding the mincemeat she has entered for judging, she dealing with her temperance view against Abel's assertion that the mincemeat would taste better with some brandy. The competition is even more cutthroat as commercial producers have entered several of the food competitions including mincemeat this year. And Abel may have ... Written by Huggo

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So fresh and wonderful with Richard Rodgers' NEWEST melodies and NEWEST lyrics!

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Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

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English | Italian | Spanish | French

Release Date:

9 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Feira da Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Becker, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the film's bit parts were played by Dallas natives, including Linda Henrich, who won the role of Wayne's hometown girlfriend Betty Jean Collins as part of the prize in a local beauty pageant. Meanwhile, Mary Durant memorably appears as the lone female judge in the celebrated mincemeat sequence. While Wally Cox and Robert Foulk banter about moving up the ladder of state fair judging, Durant - with no dialogue whatsoever - steals the scene with her astonished facial expressions in response to both Alice Faye's heavily spiked mincemeat and the fact that Cox and Foulk are swiftly becoming inebriated as they consume it. Durant caps the scene with her silent but stony disapproval of their dyspeptic decision to award Faye the special honors plaque. See more »


Soundtracks

That's For Me
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Pat Boone
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A cute, if somewhat overdone remake of the '45 musical
14 November 2000 | by Liza-19See all my reviews

I liked it, although it is not up to par with it's 1945's predecessor. The 1945 film was absolutely charming, and this one does fall short in some areas. The romances do not seem quite as fulfilling as in the earlier version, yet the musical numbers are something to gawk at.

Ann-Margret is stunning at the beginning of her career and practically steals the show. Pamela Tiffin is charming and surprisingly manages a southern accent very well, while the hopelessly miscast Pat Boone is giving it his all to be a Texas farm boy and it just doesn't seem to work out. However Bobby Darin is darling as a self - centered reporter who falls for Tiffin without realizing it. The remake uses all of the songs from the original musical, minus "I Owe Iowa" which was replaced with "The Little Things in Texas" due to the change in setting. Its new songs are very good, and while Margret's jazzy remake of "Isn't it Kinda Fun?" raised a few eyebrows, the musical direction is very well done and fully satisfying.

Really the only drawback to this production is in comparison with its two earlier versions. The love stories in the 1945 version were more complete, the acting a little more sincere, and the story more innocent. This 1962 version obviously had a much bigger budget to work with and it comes across in the musical numbers. It is a worthwhile production and a good movie.


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