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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.

Director:

José Ferrer

Writers:

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!

Genres:

Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director José Ferrer son Gabriel later married Pat Boone's daughter Debbie. See more »

Connections

References The Dawn Patrol (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

It's A Grand Night For Singing
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Music by Richard Rodgers
Performed by Ann-Margret, Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, David Street, Pamela Tiffin,
and Chorus
(Vocals for Miss Tiffin: Anita Gordon)
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Wonderful Movie
2 April 2004 | by dmorseSee all my reviews

I know this film received less than favorable reviews at the time of its release, but I have always enjoyed it and watch it at least once or twice a year....there is something about the hominess and wonderful music that draw me to it in this day of mostly special effects in movies.

It is a tired old story and as others have stated, it has been filmed several times before, although, I think the array of young stars and their talents are well displayed and it was nice to see a couple of "old timers" like Tom Ewell and Alice Faye liven up the proceedings, which concern a family's adventure at the Texas State Fair; when I do compare it to the 1945 version, both seem very appropriate for the time they were filmed; Vivian Blaine made a wonderful Emily, as Ann-Margret does in the 1962 version, and both are "knockouts." Ann-Margret holds a special place in my heart, as she is originally from the Chicago area, and went to high-school with a good friend of the family; he told us that all eyes would turn when she entered a classroom, as she was such an imposing radiant figure and this was at seventeen or eighteen years of age....


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