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During their annual visit to the Iowa State Fair, the Frake family enjoy many adventures. Proud patriarch Abel (Charles Winninger) has high hopes for his champion swine Blueboy; and his wife Melissa (Fay Bainter) enters the mincemeat and pickles contest...with hilarious results. Their children, however, have romance on their minds. Wayne (Dick Haymes) falls head over heels for flashy bandstand singer Emily (Vivian Blaine), whilst Margy (Jeanne Crain) finds the man of her dreams in the worldly-wise journalist Pat (Dana Andrews). Rodgers and Hammerstein's score features the beautiful Academy Award-winning song "It Might as Well Be Spring", not to mention a rich tunestack of "That's for Me", "All I Owe Ioway", "Isn't It Kinda Fun?" and "It's a Grand Night for Singing".
The cast is simply superb. Charles Winninger, who had been the original Capt'n Andy in Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat", is a warm presence as the father, with Fay Bainter (Oscar-winner for "Jezebel") also heavily scoring as the wife. Dick Haymes, with his clean-cut good looks and smooth crooning voice, is likewise a perfect fit for Wayne.Read more ›
The Frake family in Iowa are all ready for their annual and much beloved trip to the State Fair. Young and pretty Margy Frake (Jeanne Crain) is excited that she might meet the fella that will change her life. Her brother Wayne (Dick Haymes) has been practicing the ring-toss all year so he can get even with the carny who gave him a bum prize last year. Their pa, Abel (Charles Winninger), is excited about his pet boar, Blueboy, winning the grand prize this year. Percy Kilbride has a fine part as Abel's old pal, Dave Miller. They have a five dollar bet on whether they'll all have a good time at the fair this year.
Their mother, Melissa (Fay Bainter), is entering her pickles and mincemeat and has dreams that she will win this year over the snooty Mrs. Metcalf. Pa sneaks some brandy into her mincemeat when she's not looking that might just give her the edge this year. Donald Meek has a funny role as one of the judges, Hippenstahl, who is delighted by the taste, and the aftereffects, of Melissa's mincemeat!
Dana Andrews is a reporter for the Des Moines Register named Pat, who thinks he's seen the world until he meets the sweet Margy.Read more ›
For any romantics who have ever dreamt of having a fling or meeting the love of their life while on vacation, this story has an emotional irresistibility. Hopeless romantics watching alone will be hard-pressed to hold back tears and couples hard-pressed not to end up in each other's arms.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein music is a real treat -- both delightful and catchy. You may find that you don't realize how good the music and lyrics are until you catch yourself humming or singing the songs days later.
This is perhaps my favorite musical. It has the music, the charming setting and the emotionally-involving story. I highly recommend it to anyone of any age, but especially young couples and hopeless romantics (especially dreamy-eyed, young girls). It is truly a great musical and one of the first.
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When you are looking for a light-hearted classic, this is a great choice!Published 7 days ago by Becki Kapla
A little bit boring. It was not the version I was expecting. And it does not measure up to some of the better Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals.Published 7 days ago by DLM
If you like Rodgers and Hammerstien's Oklahoma then you will enjoy this movie as well. Not quite as iconic as The Sound of Music or The King and I though.Published 15 days ago by AOuell20
cute movie. I like the older movies that are clean cut.Published 15 days ago by Stephanie Lynn Funk
I've seen this movie a number of times previously but not for quite a while. I truly enjoy this lighthearted tale of a family when things were so much more innocent!Published 15 days ago by me
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