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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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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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Comedy | Sport

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6 April 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Way the Ball Bounces  »

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$12,000,000 (USA)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The original stage production of "Tall Story" by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse opened at the Belasco Theater in New York on January 29, 1959 and ran for 108 performances. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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The Star Spangled Banner
(uncredited)
Music by John Stafford Smith
Lyrics by Francis Scott Key
Sung before the game
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Meet Jane Fonda
5 August 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Basketball players flock to "Custer College" and its team. Located somewhere in sunny California, the university is known for scholastics and athletics. After drooling over a portrait of popular All-American player Anthony Perkins (as Ray Blent), pretty young Jane Fonda (as June Ryder) enrolls as a home economics major. Looking to make Mr. Perkins her husband, Ms. Fonda decides to join activities which show off her comely legs. Of course, this puts her on the court in a short skirt. Fonda also takes the same classes as Perkins – modern ethics with Ray Walston (as Leo Sullivan) and chemistry with Marc Connelly (as Charles Osman). Cupid's arrow lands safely and Perkins proposes. Their future happiness is threatened due to lack of money – then Perkins is offered $4,000 to throw a game...

This was an odd assignment for director Joshua Logan at the time, but he makes it an enjoyable collegiate comedy about ethics – with sexual overtures. Chiefly responsible for the passing grade are costars Perkins and Fonda. This was his last role as a "teen idol" as the next released "Psycho" (1960) changed Perkins' image forever. Here, he is innocent and genuine. In her very first performance, Fonda is obviously beginning her "sex kitten" phase. She is lovely and arousing. The supporting cast is full of interesting names and faces. "Tall Story" is best when making itself fun – Fonda on her bicycle, seeing Van Williams naked, colliding with Perkins on the basketball court – Highlights are the love scenes, Fonda' sexy babysitting seduction and the couple trying out Tom Laughlin's shower for size.

****** Tall Story (4/6/60) Joshua Logan ~ Anthony Perkins, Jane Fonda, Ray Walston, Marc Connelly


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