State Fair is a 1945 film about farm family Frake which, with discontented daughter Margy, heads for the Iowa State Fair where both Margy and brother Wayne meet attractive new flames. As the fair proceeds, so do the romances; must lovers separate when the fair closes? The film is a musical adaptation of the 1933 film of the same name, with original music by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
- Directed by Walter Lang. Written by Paul Green, Oscar Hammerstein II, Sonya Levien, and Philip Stong.
- Pickles and pigs, pigs and pickles, who cares about that silly old state fair any how?
- [quite drunk] As you are undobtlessly aware, this distinguished award is given out only under the rarest shircum- circul- We don't give it out much...
- [putting a drunk Wayne to bed] One shoe off and the other shoe off. Diddle diddle dumpling my son John. Hey, that don't rhyme like it used to.
- Harry Ware: Biggest boar in the world, I bet.
- Margy Frake: All depends on how you spell it.
- Margy Frake: Ohh... but the house you live in...
- Harry Ware: It's got to be the same. No old clapboard shingle business. There is a new kind of plastic, pre-fabricated job. I want you to see it at the catalog home.
- Margy Frake: Is it pretty?
- Harry Ware: Sure, but what's more important it's termite proof. Wait 'til you see it. They tell you how to furnish it too. No rugs or carpets, they're just dust collectors... Linoleum through the whole house, wait until you see the pictures, it's sleek and smooth easy to keep clean... well it's like every room in the house was a bathroom!
- Margy Frake: Sounds real cozy...
- Melissa Frake: I don't know what's gotten into you lately. All you do is sit around and mope.
- Margy Frake: I don't sit around and mope.
- Margy Frake: Pat!
- Pat Gilbert: Yes?
- Margy Frake: I was only talking. I couldn't marry anybody but you. Ever!
- Margy Frake: [leaving the fair] I never want to see another fair.
- Wayne Frake: You can say that again!
- For the young in heart! And romantic oldsters, too!
- YOUR HEART WILL SING OUT LOUD!
- Jeanne Crain - Margy Frake
- Dana Andrews - Pat Gilbert
- Dick Haymes - Wayne Frake
- Vivian Blaine - Emily Edwards
- Charles Winninger - Abel Frake
- Fay Bainter - Melissa "Ma" Frake
- Donald Meek - Mr. Hippenstahl, the pickle and mincemeat judge
- William Marshall - Marty, the singer with Tommy Thomas` band.
- Frank McHugh - McGee, a song plugger
- Percy Kilbride - Dave Miller
- Phil Brown - Harry Ware, Margy's fiance
- Harry Morgan - Barker