Cinema: The New Pictures, Sep. 3, 1945

State Fair (20th Century-Fox), a Technicolored, Rodgers-&-Hammerstein tuning-up of the Phil Stong novel, is meant to be as happy as a hayride down the middle aisle of Oklahoma! The spacious, easygoing story:

Iowa Farmer Frake (Charles Winninger), his wife (Fay Bainter), their son Wayne (Dick Haymes) and their daughter Margy (Jeanne Grain) go to the big State Fair. Farmer Frake's heart is set on winning the Grand Award with his titanic boar. Blue Boy. Mrs. Frake's hopes reside in her crock of heavily spiked mincemeat. Wayne meets and falls for a redhead (Vivian Blaine)...

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