State Fair

Synopsis: Farm family Frake, with discontented daughter Margy, head for the Iowa State Fair. On the first day, both Margy and brother Wayne meet attractive new flames; so does father's prize hog, Blue Boy. As the fair proceeds, so do the romances; must lovers separate when the fair closes?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Walter Lang
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

Our state fair is a

great state fair

Don't miss it

Don't even be late

It's dollars to doughnuts

that our state fair

Is the best state fair in our state

Our state fair is a

great state fair

Don't miss it

Don't even be late

It's dollars to doughnuts

that our state fair

Is the best state fair in our state

Take it easy, Blue Boy. Your

supper will be here any minute.

I wish I knew what was

keeping that feller.

Our state fair is a

great state fair

Don't miss it

Don't even be late

It's dollars to doughnuts

that our state fair

Is the best state fair in our state

Dad! Daddy, I just had

Mr. Cramer on the phone.

He said Dave Miller stopped

by his place 10 minutes ago

- to put water in his radiator.

- Thanks, daughter.


- Have you finished your packing?

- Not yet. I was just going to.

I don't know what's got into you lately.

All you do is sit around and mope.

I don't sit around and mope.

Well, stop moping now and

finish your packing.

Always saying she doesn't

know what's got into me.

I'll be glad to get to the fair,

hear something different, see

something different for a change.

What has got into me, anyway?

The things I used to like

I don't like anymore

I want a lot of other things

I've never had before

It's just like Mother says

I sit around and mope

Pretending I am wonderful

And knowing I'm a dope

- Margy?

- Yes, Mother?

As soon as you're finished, I want you to

come down and help me with the pickles.

In a minute, Mother.


I'm as restless as a willow

In a windstorm

I'm as jumpy as a puppet

On a string

I'd say that I had spring fever

But I know it isn't spring

I'm starry-eyed and

vaguely discontented

Like a nightingale

without a song to sing

Oh, why should I have spring fever

When it isn't even spring

I keep wishing

I were somewhere else

Walking down a strange, new street

Hearing words that

I have never heard

From a man I've yet to meet

I'm as busy as a spider

Spinning daydreams

I'm as giddy as a baby on a swing

I haven't seen a

crocus or a rosebud

Ora robin on the wing

But I feel so gay

In a melancholy way

That it might as well be spring

It might as well be



I'm coming, Mother.

Come on, boy.

Ah, he'll win first this year sure.

He's half again the hog

he was last year.

You don't really expect to win, do

you, with that animated lard can?

Say, listen, you can say

anything you please about me,

but don't say anything bad

about Blue Boy.

That's the finest Hampshire

boar that ever breathed.

If you think that, he's

just as good as beat now.

Be better if he was

third or fourth best.

- He'd stand a better chance.

- What are you talking about?

If a hog or a man ever got what

he was entitled to just once,

the eternal stars would quit

making melody in the spheres.

Oh, there you go

with that book talk again.

I say he's the best hog in the state,

and the judges will say so too.

They might.

But if that turns out good,

then something else

will probably happen.

- He might catch pneumonia...

- Oh!

or hog cholera,

or you might catch pneumonia.

Or something might happen

to Wayne or Margy.


Mark my words, Abel, there's

compensation in this world.

For every good, there's bad. Now,

Ralph Waldo Emerson tells us...

I don't care what

Waldo Emerson tells us!

Look, I'll just make

a little bet with you.

- On what?

- I'll bet you we go to the fair...

and Blue Boy

will win the grand award.

And nothing bad will happen

to him, me or my family.

Yes, and we'll all have

a good time too

and be better off for it

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Oscar Hammerstein II

Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II (; July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was an American librettist, theatrical producer, and (usually uncredited) theatre director of musicals for almost forty years. Hammerstein won eight Tony Awards and two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Many of his songs are standard repertoire for vocalists and jazz musicians. He co-wrote 850 songs. Hammerstein was the lyricist and playwright in his partnerships; his collaborators wrote the music. Hammerstein collaborated with numerous composers, such as Jerome Kern, with whom he wrote Show Boat, Vincent Youmans, Rudolf Friml, Richard A. Whiting and Sigmund Romberg; but he is best known for his collaborations with Richard Rodgers, as the duo Rodgers and Hammerstein which include Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. more…

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