State Fair (1945)




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Twentieth Century-Fox couldn't make a film version of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's Oklahoma in 1945--that particular Broadway musical would remain a "hot ticket" until the end of the decade--so the studio did the next best thing by hiring Rodgers & Hammerstein to pen the score for the Technicolorful State Fair. Fox had previously made a non-singing movie of Philip Stong's novel in 1933, with Janet Gaynor and Will Rogers in the leads. The musical remake downplayed the older characters … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Oscar Hammerstein II, Sonya Levien, Paul Green, Richard L. Breen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 1999
20th Century Fox


as Margy Frake

as Pat Gilberg

as Wayne Frake

as Emily Joyce

as Melissa Frake

as Hippenstahl

as Barker

as Eleanor

as Harry Ware

as Mrs. Metcalfe

as Simpson

as Announcer

as Police Chief

as Farmer's Wive

as Farmer's Wive

as Assistant Judge

as Assistant Judge

as Secretary to Judge

as Mr. Martin

as Farmer

as Senator

as Barker
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Critic Reviews for State Fair

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Even among dyed-in-the-wool fans of R&H, this one's largely remembered, if remembered at all, as a dud.

Full Review… | February 11, 2007
Film Freak Central

Rodgers and hammerstein's songs are great, but this musical version of the 1933 Will Rogers' vehicle is poorly directed by Walter Wang and poorly acted by Jeanne Crain, whose voice is dubbed by Louanne Hogan.

Full Review… | December 21, 2005

Audience Reviews for State Fair

Rodgers' and Hammerstein's least creative lyrics "Our state fair is a great state's the greatest state fair in our state."

Megan S

Super Reviewer


This is a very sweet musical. The acting is very pleasant and well cast. Charles Winninger and Fay Bainter are particularly good. Very enjoyable and charming, good songs, great production as well.

James Higgins

one of my fave musicals. Oklahoma is the best but this is the second. i just love the music and the story line

Amy White

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