Rodgers & Hammerstein Movie Musical State Fair Marks 75th Anniversary

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the film State Fair, directed by Walter Lang and featuring songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein. State Fair, released in 1945, was the only Rodgers & Hammerstein musical written directly for the screen. The film, with a script by Hammerstein, Sonya Levien, and Paul Green, is an adaptation of the 1933 film of the same title, written by Levien and Green, who used the similarly titled 1932 novel by Phil Strong as their source material. The musicalized version introduced songs like “It Might as Well Be Spring,” which won an Oscar, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” and “Our State Fair.”

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