Meet Me at the Fair (1952) - Rotten Tomatoes

Meet Me at the Fair (1952)




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In this musical, Dan Dailey plays a medicine show huckster who becomes the reluctant guardian of orphanage escapee Chet Allen. As he grows fond of the boy, Dailey becomes determined to thwart the corrupt system that allows substandard orphan asylums to operate while political hacks get rich on government funding.


Chet Allen
as "Tad" Bayliss
Dan Dailey
as "Doc" Tilbee
Diana Lynn
as Zerelda Wing
Hugh O'Brian
as Chilton Corr
Scatman Crothers
as Enoch Jones
Carole Mathews
as Clara Brink
Rhys Williams
as Pete McCoy
Russell Simpson
as Sheriff Evans
George Chandler
as Deputy Sheriff Leach
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Spooner
Doris Packer
as Mrs. Swaile
Edna Holland
as Miss Burghey
Paul Gordan
as Cyclist
Paul Gordon
as Cyclist
John Maxwell
as Mr. Spooner
Iron Eyes Cody
as Chief Rain-in-the-Face
Donald Kerr
as Stage manager
Franklyn Farnum
as Wall Street Tycoon
Harte Wayne
as Wall Street Tycoon
Roger Moore
as Wall Street Tycoon
Robert Shafto
as Prime Minister Disraeli
Franklin Farnum
as Wall Street Tycoon
Sam Pierce
as Party stooge
Max Wagner
as Iceman
Jack Gargan
as District Attorney's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Meet Me at the Fair

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Like the other small musicals Douglas Sirk directed at Universal in the early 50s, this is better than it was supposed to have been at the time.

March 24, 2007 | Full Review…

Sirk's customary concern with hypocrisy and intolerance is, given the genre and overall tone of the piece, surprisingly to the fore in a subplot about corrupt politicians.

March 24, 2007 | Full Review…

Not a bad little Technicolor musical, corny of plot and sometimes sticky of sentiment but buoyed up by Dan Dailey's engaging performance as a spellbinding medicine man who adopts a runaway orphan.

December 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Sirk averaged two films a year, in all the principle genres. Several are masterworks, while others, such as this 20th-century-set musical comedy, are charming programmers enhanced by unpretentious professionalism.

March 24, 2007 | Full Review…

Gets its energy by the inspired performance from Dan Dailey.

March 22, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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