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Tall Story (1960)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sport | 6 April 1960 (USA)
A young insecure college sportsman is in trouble. He wants to marry his very straightforward girlfriend, also a student, but has no money. When he is offered a bribe to fix a game, he is torn even more about the matter.



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Complete credited cast:
Professor Leo Sullivan
Professor Charles Osman
Myra Sullivan
Coach Sandy Hardy
Bob Wright ...
President Harmon Nagel
Bart Burns ...
District Attorney Davis
Karl Lukas ...
1st Detective
Fred Jensen
Barbara Darrow ...
Frieda Jensen


A young insecure college sportsman is in trouble. He wants to marry his very straightforward girlfriend, also a student, but has no money. When he is offered a bribe to fix a game, he is torn even more about the matter.

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SUCH FUN! That college girl who can't help lovin' tall boys!... See more »


Comedy | Sport


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Release Date:

6 April 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Way the Ball Bounces  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Prior to release, title was briefly changed to The Way The Ball Bounces before reverting back to Tall Story, name of play on which it was based. See more »


Right before question #6 of the oral make up exam, there is a short shot of the basketball action and the score shows 32-32 with 50 seconds on the clock. Yet prior to that, the half ended with the score 41-33. See more »


Reporter Jenkins: [Visiting the team during practice] Sandy was telling me you've got a scientific approach to shooting baskets. My readers would like to hear about that.
Ray Blent: Well, uh, it's just a system... which involves a combination of the energy of the throw... to the incidence of concussion... against the backboard.
Ray Blent: [calls to another player] Don, give me that ball, will you?
Ray Blent: [Demonstrates his "scientific" approach by taking a shot at the basket... and misses]
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Referenced in Strictly Background (2007) See more »


Tall Story
Music by André Previn and Shelly Manne
Lyrics by Dory Previn
Sung by Bobby Darin
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It's a shame we didn't see more Anthony Perkins roles like this
3 April 1999 | by (Memphis, TN) – See all my reviews

Perhaps most notable as Jane Fonda's screen debut, "Tall Story" is also remarkable for what it didn't do for Anthony Perkins: define his acting career. Released the same year as Hitchcock's classic thriller "Psycho," "Tall Story" shows the charming, naive and humorous side of Perkins. He stars as Ray Blent, Custer's star basketball player and star student who finds himself caught in an ethical nightmare just before the biggest game of his life against the Russian Sputniks. Fonda is adorable as a cunning co-ed whose one aim in college is to snare the unwitting Ray. Unfortunately, we didn't see more Perkins characters like this one because the actor was typecast as a psychotic madman following his admittedly excellent portrayal of Norman Bates in "Psycho." This movie shows the virtuosity of a great actor who regretfully didn't get the chance to demonstrate his full range of acting skills more often.

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