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The 1933 was the first of three film versions of the Phillip Stong bestseller. Some consider it the best of the three because of its stricter adherence to the source material and the presence of star Will Rogers. Rogers plays Abel Frake, patriarch of a family whose individual members are affected by the upcoming Iowa State Fair in various fascinating ways. Abel hopes to enter his prize hog Blue Boy and win the blue ribbon. His wife Melissa (Louise Dresser) wants to enter her mincemeat in a food competition, his son Wayne (Norman Foster) wants to get even with a carnival sharpster who'd outsmarted him during the last state fair, and daughter Margery (Janet Gaynor) just wants to get out of the house for a little fun. The parents win their prizes (though it looks for a while that Blue Boy will succumb to a serious illness) the children have brief romances (one happy, one cautionary), and everyone goes home a little wiser for the experience. Footnote: Fox studios offered to butcher Blue Boy and sell his meat to Will Rogers, but Rogers declined, noting that he wouldn't feel right eating his costar. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sonya Levien Best Adapted Screenplay 1932 Nominee

Cast

Will Rogers
as Abel Frake
Janet Gaynor
as Margie Frake
Lew Ayres
as Pat Gilbert
Sally Eilers
as Emily Joyce
Norman Foster
as Wayne Frake
Louise Dresser
as Melissa Frake
Frank Craven
as The Storekeeper
Victor Jory
as The Barker at the Hoopla Stand
Frank Melton
as Harry Ware
Erville Alderson
as Hog Owner
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Hog Judge
Harry Holman
as Hog Judge
Doro Merande
as Metcalfe's Acquaintance
John Sheehan
as Barker at Aerial Act
Ruth Warren
as Mrs. Edwin Metcalfe
Doro Merande
as Metcalfe's Acquaintance
Harry Holman
as Hog Judge
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Hog Judge
John Sheehan
as Barker at Aerial Act
Erville Alderson
as Hog Owner

Crew

Henry King
Director
Sonya Levien
Screenwriter
Hal Mohr
Cinematographer
Will Jason
Songwriter
Val Burton
Songwriter
Robert Bischoff
Editor
Duncan Cramer
Art Director
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