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Meet Me at the Fair

Meet Me at the Fair (1952)

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Despite its ebullient title and the presence of lightweight dancing star Dan Dailey, Meet Me at the Fair has a lot more meat on its bones than most musicals of the early 1950s. Dailey plays an early-1900s medicine show huckster who finds himself 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. Dailey

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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 Source: Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Time Out
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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 Source: Film4
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Gets its energy by the inspired performance from Dan Dailey.

March 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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