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Picnic (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 16 February 1956 (USA)
Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic.

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The morning of a small town Labor Day picnic, a drifter (Hal Carter) blows into town to visit an old fraternity buddy (Alan Benson) who also happens to be the son of the richest man in town. Hal is an egocentric braggart - all potential and no accomplishment. He meets up with Madge Owens, the town beauty queen and girlfriend of Alan Benson. Written by Erik L. Ellis <ele@eece.unm.edu>

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While selecting locals to play extras in the film, Joshua Logan said, "There's a girl with a typical Kansas face." The woman, Joan Farrell, was hired for "atmosphere" but confessed, "I'm from Brooklyn. I'm just here visiting my grandmother." See more »

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When the newspaper is delivered at the end of the movie it lands in front of the steps just inside the trellis; in the next shot it's picked up from where the bike was parked. See more »

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Hal Carter: Now, don't you blow your top, ma'am. I'm leaving town.
[Turning to Madge]
Hal Carter: Aren't you gonna say good bye?
Madge Owens: bye.
Hal Carter: Are you mad at me?
Madge Owens: no
Hal Carter: I gotta know how you feel. Last night I thought you liked me.
Madge Owens: I did like you. I liked you from the first time I saw you.
Flo Owens: Madge, are you out of your senses?
Hal Carter: Look. I, I've been thinking all night. I've never said this before, because it... It'd make me seem like such a freak, but...
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 5 February 1956 (1956) See more »

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Lyrics by Meta Orred
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Moonglow and Rosalind Russell
4 February 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

William Inge had his finger on the pulse of small town America. He wasn't checking the heartbeats of its inhabitants but his own. I've just said that as if I knew all about it and I don't, but I sense it. I mean, "Splendor In The Grass", "The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs", "Come Back Little Sheeba" That's all the evidence we need to know that he was a male writer with a woman's heart. "Picnic" epitomises that theory. Director Joshua Logan and writer Daniel Taradash trusted Inge's world without questioning it. Everything flows with the irrational sanity of a woman's heart. William Holden was a bit too old for the part but who cares! He is William Holden, capable to provoke passions of Mediterranean intensity at any age. He seems a bit self conscious at times and that helps the character's foibles no end. Kim Novak is breathtaking. Susan Strasberg milks her tomboy with a longing for all its worth. Betty Field, Daisy Buchanan in the original "Great Gatsby", gives a masterful performance without uttering a word that may reveal what she's actually feeling, until the end of course. That scene in which she tries to stop her daughter from going away, is as much Field's as it is Inge's. Rosalind Russell didn't get the Oscar for her superb, time bomb disguised in a school teacher's dress, performance. Her craving for sex and romance and sex and marriage and sex is as bold as anything she had ever done and Rosalind Russell new how to be bold from "His Girl Friday" to "Auntie Mame". The Moonglow sequence has become a classic moment in pictures. Deservedly so. I would suggest, if you haven't done it yet, take a trip through William Inge's territory. Familiar faces, familiar landscapes, familiar feelings, all completely new.


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