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A Day at the State Fair of Texas (1941)

State Fair of Texas

Sound | 1941

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  •  Eleanor’s mother reads the letter from her friend Dorothy 
  •  “Bel Air Farms? He’s probably an awful goon.” 
  •  Eleanor removes the pin she is supposed to wear so Bill can spot her! 
  •  Bill arrives at the foot of the lagoon, but takes off his pin 
  •  Bill and Eleanor begin talking without realizing they are on their blind date despite themselves and decide to go see the State Fair together! 
  •  The couple begins their date at the Midway 
  •  On to the freak shows 
  •  All the food at the fair! 
  •  The petroleum exhibit, given as a permanent exhibit to the State Fair of Texas by the oil industry 
  •  At the livestock show, the couple stops to look at the Herefords 
  •  “You mean to tell me you’re a Texas gal and don’t know a Hereford when you see one?” 
  •  A tiny monkey! 
  •  Sheep or goat? 
  •  A horse show 
  •  An ice skating show! 
  •  The county exhibits! 
  •  “You know a lot about our state, don’t you?” 
  •  Judging the beef shorthorn 
  •  FFA and 4H club 
  •  The couple goes to see fine art at the Texas General Exhibition 
  •  The couple watches the coronation ceremony of the Texas Queen 
  •  Harry L. Seay, president of the State Fair of Texas crowns the queen 
  •  The Hall of State and the state seal 
  •  It’s time to go home, and the couple discovers they were supposed to meet each other all along! 
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Shot in 1941, this entertaining promotional film for the State Fair of Texas has a classic plot! The film opens with Eleanor’s mother reading a letter from her friend, Bill’s mother, asking for Eleanor to meet up with her son for a blind date at the State Fair. Eleanor is distressed that she must spend a whole day with a strange boy from a farm town, but her mother insists, commenting that “Bill Jackson can't be so terrible; his mother was the best looking girl at SMU, and his dad was a football hero.” The next day, both Bill and Eleanor head to their meeting spot, but they both remove the pins they are supposed to wear to identify themselves to each other. The pair begin talking and decide to ditch the people they are supposed to meet to spend the day together without realizing they are each other’s blind date! The couple then goes to each and every fantastic attraction, ride, and exhibit the State Fair has to offer, learning much about the state, its industries, and the arts along the way. At the end of the day, they realize they were on their blind date after all and comment that mothers “always do know best!” Dallas native and future Miss Texas Charmayne Smith plays Eleanor in the film. At the time of the film, she was studying acting at the Dallas Little Theater. Harry Bleeker, also with the Dallas Little Theater, plays Bill.