State Fair (1945) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

Rodgers and Hammerstein are two of the most famous names in musical theater. This dynamic duo produced beloved musicals like Carousel and Cinderella. Their influence has inspired filmmakers to adapt their coveted work, which led to some of the greatest movie musicals of all time. State Fair is an example of how a musical can have a timeless quality while also feeling relevant to the present day.

A Toast

This film features very wonderful songs and a luscious score. In fact, the film received an Academy Award nomination for its musical score, and Rogers and Hammerstein won the Academy Award for the original song “It Might as Well Be Spring.” State Fair is also just as colorful and lovely as a real-life fair because viewers get to see the characters play carnival games and ride attractions. Indeed, this is a very light-hearted film for anyone wanting an hour-and-a-half escape to a fictional fair.


State Fair might not be as well-known as Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, but it is still as sweet as cotton candy at a real fair. This film might seem a bit silly and childish, but that is because it is supposed to appeal to the young at heart. Many people have experienced visiting amusement parks and fairs as children, and this film brings about that sentiment. Therefore, State Fair is a very delightful film for anyone wanting to feel youthful nostalgia.

State Fair (1945) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: whenever the characters play games and ride attractions at the State Fair

Take a Drink: whenever the large black-and-white boars make an appearance

Drink a Shot: whenever anyone sings the phrase, “falling in love.”

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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