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Monday, January 5, 2015

"State Fair" (1945)

Rodgers and Hammerstein musicalized this homespun story of an Iowa farm family's trip to the titular Big Event (it was previously a book and '30s movie). Will Ma win a blue ribbon for her pickles and mincemeat? Will Pa's prize hog come home a champion? And will the son and daughter each find true romance? You know the answer. Corny and too pretty perfect by a mile, it's like watching a Norman Rockwell painting come to life. The idealized version of America was not the way it was, but what we wished it to be...and at the time that's probably what was needed on the WWII homefront. Just don't look for a person of color in the whole damn thing!

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