This might explain why the film has gained prestige and an ever-growing fan base in the years since its release, as the subtle storm warnings of Breen's concept have by now flourished like weeds in a garden. There is also a B plot involving the parents where the father is entering his prize hog BlueBoy in the livestock competition, and the mother is entering her favorite mincemeat recipe secret incredient--booze in the cooking and baking competition. Having Alice Faye come out ofretirement was a good idea for 20th to pull off. However, the rest ofthe cast compensates for this. The love stories in the 1945 version were morecomplete,the acting a little more sincere, and the story more innocent.
Joyce Reviewed by dmorse I know this film received less than favorable reviews at the time of itsrelease, but I have always enjoyed it and watch it at least once or twice ayear. Just seeingher again on the screen and still being able to sing in her throatystyle was great to hear, and no one could spit out the line the way shedid when she told Pat Boone how she felt about Margie's boyfriend Harrywhen she claimed that Harry was about exciting as watching grass grow! The three film versions of State Fair serve as authentic mirrors of the times in which each was made. However Bobby Darin is darling as a self - centered reporter who falls forTiffin without realizing it. She wasn't too happywith the movie and the way it turned out, but who cares? The first two films had them in Iowa, but here they're Texans and they go to the State Fairgounds in Dallas. I'll admit I got a creepy vibe from the Paul Bunyanesque Cowboy statue that greets fairgoers.
Fox wanted to include that imagery in the trailer for sure. Jose Ferrer really outdid himself as a director. So,what about the remake of State Fair? It all seems a bit uneasy, somehow. The Frake family changes states in this one though. Other than that, everyone did their own singingin the remake in which the songs were more energetic than they were inthe original.
The Little Things In Texas is done with grace and style by these two veteran performers. Jose Ferrer really struck out with this one, eliminating all the charm of the Technicolored version starring Crain as Margy, the girl who meets a newspaper man and falls hard. In spite of that, it was a hit thenand it should be a hit today. It Might As Well Be Spring comes out of the mouth of Tiffin as it did with Jeanne Crain. There is also a maturity in Richard Breen's script that islacking in the whitewashed 1945 version. Maybe one day someone will sing it for real on screen. Pat Boone is quite wonderful as Wayne, better that Dick Haymes.
A nice commentary by Mr. Our job was to ride the merry-go-roundand sing. Neither wascostumed or photographed flatteringly. Now the Sate Fair has relocated to Texas, we have a new song to replace 'All I Owe Ioway', this time it is 'The Little Things In Texas I Love'. My favorite song from the score is It's A Grand Night For Singing which is one of those numbers that just leaves you with a glow.
Wally Cox appears to judge the brandy laden mince. The musicis wonderfully done, as always, and I truly wanted to enjoy this filmmore than I did. The parents are focused on winning the competitions for livestock and cooking. Margy Frake this time round is played by newcomer Pamela Tiffin, who is rather colourless and has her voice dubbed as Jeanne Crain did 17 years earlier. The real standout is Ann-Margret.
Sorry to see her in her drunken frumpy roles, however. The only real disappointment is Pamela Tiffin. It's a whimsical look back at a time which probably never was thisclean cut. Ican name almost every one of the kids you see in the move, includingme. All in all, the movie has really aged well and people should check itout with their families and decide for themselves. The Frake parents, Tom Ewell and Alice Faye are charming and both have songs created for this version which were not in the '45 film, including a charming duet when they are out on the midway.
I have her autographed photograph in my collection. But the one that sends me away grinning and happy is 'The Little Things in Texas', a duet with Tom Ewell and Alice Faye doesn't she have a comely voice? We sat underneath a tent, while we were taught the words tothe song of course professional child singers were who you heard. I saw this version upon first suburban release in late 1962 at our local Marina Theatre in Rosebery Sydney Australia. That said, I find so many things about this filmto be so positive and endearing. The musical scenes were very good, and made the movie fun! Pat Boone plays Wayne, who while registering his race car, meets Ann-Margret, a traveling singer and dancer who is performing one of the stage shows.