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State Fair
Film poster for State Fair 1962 film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by José Ferrer
Produced by Charles Brackett
Written by Richard L. Breen
Paul Green
Oscar Hammerstein II
Sonya Levien
Philip Stong
Starring Pat Boone
Bobby Darin
Alice Faye
Ann-Margret
Tom Ewell
Pamela Tiffin
Cinematography William C. Mellor
Edited by David Bretherton
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 9, 1962 (1962-03-09)
Running time
118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4.4 million[1]
Box office $3.5 million (rentals)[2]

State Fair is a 1962 American musical film directed by José Ferrer and starring Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, Ann-Margret, Tom Ewell, Pamela Tiffin and Alice Faye. A remake of the 1933 film State Fair and the 1945 State Fair films, it was considered to be a financially and critically unsuccessful film.

Richard Rodgers wrote additional songs, both music and lyrics, for this version. His partner Oscar Hammerstein had died in 1960.

While the stage musical, 1933 and 1945 film were set at the Iowa State Fair, this 1962 version was set in Texas (the family drives through Dallas).[3] It was filmed in Visalia, California at Mooney's Grove park. The Tilt-A-Whirl that was used in the film is currently at a small theme park in Golden, Colorado.[citation needed]

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CastEdit

ProductionEdit

Buddy Adler head of production of Fox announced the film in January 1960 saying Rodgers and Hammerstein would write new songs for it.[4] Adler died later that year as did Hammerstein. Rodgers decided to write the lyrics himself.[5]

José Ferrer had just made Return to Peyton Place for Fox and was signed to direct.[6]

Song listEdit

  • "Our State Fair"
  • "It Might as Well Be Spring"
  • "That's for Me"
  • "Never Say No to a Man" (added in the 1962 version) - Lyrics and Music by Richard Rodgers
  • "It's a Grand Night For Singing"
  • "Willing and Eager" (added in the 1962 version) - Lyrics and Music by Richard Rodgers
  • "This Isn't Heaven" (added in the 1962 version) - Lyrics and Music by Richard Rodgers
  • "The Little Things In Texas" (added in the 1962 version) - Lyrics and Music by Richard Rodgers
  • "More Than Just a Friend" (added in the 1962 version) - Lyrics and Music by Richard Rodgers
  • "Isn't It Kind of Fun?" (moved in the 1962 version)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p253
  2. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p228
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5w9IwcHS64
  4. ^ FOX WILL REMAKE 'STATE FAIR' FILM: New Rodgers-Hammerstein Songs Slated in 3d Version -- Studio Plans Busy Year By MURRAY SCHUMACH Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] January 5, 1960: 28.
  5. ^ Rodgers Will Write Own Lyrics After 42 Years of Collaborating: Composer, Shaken by Loss of Hammerstein, Will Attempt to Go It Alone for Film By ARTHUR GELB. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] September 22, 1960: 29.
  6. ^ JOSE FERRER ENDS LONG FILM FAMINE: Actor-Director in deal With Fox, Explains 4-Year Lapse By MURRAY SCHUMACH New York Times July 18, 1961: 33.

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