Monday, October 31, 2016

1945 - STATE FAIR, lesser Rogers and Hammerstein musical


An original musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein.  But really not much of a musical.
The plot what there is of it involves a family traveling to the Iowa state fair to compete in the best hog and pickle contests.  The brother and sister fall in love at the fair.  The mother and father fret over their canned pickles and the big fat hog they are about to enter into competition.  Incidentally, the hog falls in love with another hog.  And that's about it for plot.

For a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical this film has about 2 decent songs and one song in particular, "It Might As Well Be Spring," is sung over and over.  Most of the cast is dubbed during the musical numbers, I think there are two actual singers in the film.



The emphasis in this film is on wholesomeness.  The film is set in Iowa and it's probably the cleanest state fair I have ever seen.  No garbage or drunks or crappy food vendors. 

This film is just so much "nothing" that I could barely remember it after it was over.  State Fair was filmed in very gaudy technicolor to put it mildly.

100 minutes.

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