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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT287-BR

STATE FAIR (1962) (SPECIAL PROMOTION) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Pat Boone, Alice Faye, Ann- Margret, Pamela Tiffin, Bobby Darin, Tom Ewell, Wally Cox
Directed By:  Jose Ferrer
Composed By:  Alfred Newman, Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers

“A clutch of professionals – Pat Boone, Ann-Margret, Bobby Darin, and Alice Faye – are not wanting in their efforts. They croon or belt… with understanding and feeling.”
– Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

This 1962 remake of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1945 movie musical, State Fair, stars Pat Boone and Pamela Tiffin as a pair of innocent Texas country mice who find complicated romance with, respectively, Ann-Margret and Bobby Darin at the titular big event. Alice Faye and Tom Ewell are their concerned parents. The Academy Award®-winning classic, “It Might As Well Be Spring,” and “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” are joined by five new songs with music and lyrics by Rodgers written for this remake.

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 4.0 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1962 / Color
119 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Composers: Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II (Song Score), Alfred Newman (Conductor/Music Supervisor)

Special Features: Isolated Music Track / Audio Commentary with Actor Pat Boone / From Page to Screen to Stage / State Fair TV Series Pilot / Original Theatrical Trailers

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on October 23, 2017 4:57 PM
Fans of Rogers and Hammerstein found the duo writing music strictly for a film the first time with STATE FAIR. Not this version but the second version of the tale which was originally based on a bestselling novel in 1933. Their first version of the film came out in 1945 and was successful enough that it was remade in this version in 1962. By that time Oscar Hammerstein had passed away so Richard Rogers wrote additional songs for this version on his own.

The story moved from Iowa to Texas this time and follows the Frake family as they head out to that yearly all-American event known as the state fair. Father Abel Frake (Tom Ewell) is determined that his prized pig Blue Boy is going to win top prize. Mother Melissa (Alice Faye) is entering her prized mincemeat in the fair. She’s told the family she won’t taint the mixture with brandy but each one pours just a little in as they get the chance with hilarious results later.

As for the children of the family Margy (Pamela Tiffin) is a young girl with dreams of romance on her mind. She finds her steady beau a bit boring and longs for something more exciting. Wayne (Pat Boone) has his eye set on winning the car race there having worked on souping up his car for months. A rivalry that kicked off before still stands and he hopes to take away top prize this year.

The family heads out and sets up camp in a trailer park established for regular fair goers. Along the way Margy meets a TV announcer named Jerry Dundee (Bobby Darin) who’s looking to have some fun with a young girl just like her but nothing serious. Wayne’s eye is caught by Emily Porter (Ann-Margaret), a young dancer who is part of the entertainment at the race track. By the end of the film both brother and sister will discover who they really are and what the true meaning of love is.

The movie is the old fashioned style with a family friendly atmosphere throughout. This even includes the resulting inebriation of the judges after tasting Melissa’s mincemeat. It’s played for laughs instead of drama. The romances of all involved are conveniences for the movie, like many did at that time. Cases of love at first sight are rare if at all but here they flourish.

The music is what makes the film and the songs the famous duo came up with were as good as anything they’d written before. Two standouts were “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” and “It Might as Well Be Spring”. Both work well into the storyline being portrayed here.

The movie may be too much of a throwback to the days when it was released for most to enjoy but for those of us who grew up watching films like this it’s a treat. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the dark dramas that we’re offered these days and enjoy something as simple as, well, a state fair.

Twilight Time offers the film in the best way possible as always with a clean and crisp print. Extras include an isolated music track, an audio commentary track with actor Pat Boone, the featurette FROM PAGE TO SCREEN TO STAGE, the TV pilot for the proposed TV series and the original theatrical trailer. The release is the usual Twilight Time total of just 3,000 copies so if interested buy yours today.

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