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State Fair

96 minutes

A farm couple and their two grown children spend a week at the state fair, where the young man (Norman Foster) falls for a slinky trapeze artist and his sister (Janet Gaynor) is courted by a handsome reporter. (Papa Will Rogers has eyes only for his prize hog, Blue Boy.) Adapted from a novel by Phil Strong, this 1933 Fox feature spoke eloquently to a small-town America feeling the pull of urban life; when mama Louise Dresser observes, "You don't seem like the same youngsters that came to the fair," she might have been speaking of a whole generation. Henry King directed; with Lew Ayres.

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