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State Fair (1962)




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This is the third time around for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. The action takes place in urban Texas instead of the traditional setting in rural Iowa. This film version contains five extra songs written exclusively by Richard Rodgers. Box office results were adequate at best, and movie going public deemed this version the least interesting of the three. The youth audience was lured by the casting of Ann-Margaret, Pat Boone and Bobby Darin. Alice Faye returned to the big screen after a sixteen year absence as Melissa Frake. Tom Ewell plays her husband, Abel. The plot finds a family traveling to Dallas for the Texas State Fair. Singing commences on the ferris wheel, the merry-go-round and in other locales. The only real action is the anticipation of a drag race between Wayne (Pat Boone) and the carrot topped, malevolent motorhead Red (Edward "Tap" Canutt).


Pat Boone
as Wayne Frake
as Emily Porter
Bobby Darin
as Jerry Dundee
Alice Faye
as Melissa Frake
Pamela Tiffin
as Margie Frake
Tom Ewell
as Able Frake
Wally Cox
as Hipplewaite
Clem Harvey
as Doc Cramer
Robert Foulk
as Squat Judge
Linda Henrich
as Betty Jean
Bebe Allan
as Usherette
Bebe Allen
as Usherette
George Russell
as George Hoffer
Edwin McClure
as Announcer
Walter Beilbey
as Swine Judge
Tom Loughney
as Dick Burdick
Tony Zoppi
as The Masher
Mary Durant
as Woman Judge
Sheila Mathews
as Hipplewaite's Girl
Linda Heinrich
as Betty Jean
Meat Loaf
as Boy In Stands
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Critic Reviews for State Fair

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

Palid remake of two great films, but Ann-Margret is vavoom enough for three stars.

July 25, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
Top Critic

Hampered by flat performances (only Ann-Margret provides any spark) and negligible new tunes.

November 2, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

New and old songs, young and veteran stars (like Alice Faye) are all highly attractive.

December 14, 2020 | Full Review…

The story has been "updated" and unaccountably shifted from Stong's Iowa to Texas, but the handling of the musical numbers is stodgy and old-fashioned.

November 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Some of the big numbers are staged with a static camera in front of a lot of dancers, a technique which felt dated even in 1962. It doesn't help that the songs aren't particularly memorable.

June 4, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

At least kind of fun in a zero-aspiring, Pat Boone sort of way.

February 11, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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