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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.

Director:

Joshua Logan

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Howard Lindsay (stage play) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Perkins ... Ray Blent
Jane Fonda ... June Ryder
Ray Walston ... Prof. Leo Sullivan
Marc Connelly ... Prof. Charles Osman
Anne Jackson ... Myra Sullivan
Murray Hamilton ... Coach Sandy Hardy
Bob Wright Bob Wright ... President Harmon Nagel
Bart Burns ... District Attorney Davis
Karl Lukas Karl Lukas ... 1st Detective
Elizabeth Patterson ... Connie
Tom Laughlin ... Fred Jensen
Barbara Darrow ... Frieda Jensen
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Storyline

June Ryder is a new student at Custer College, which is most renowned for its boys basketball team, although it also has a high academic standing that can rival that of any of the more famous colleges on the west coast. June's reason for being there: to become a "Mrs.", most specifically Mrs. Ray Blent, he a science major and the star player on the basketball team. Ray is not naturally gifted as a basketball player, but uses science to be able to figure out how to play the perfect game. Ray's interest in basketball is just a byproduct of his primary interest in the sciences and learning in general. June doesn't care who knows what she's doing except Ray. All of June's activities at the college are in this singular goal, which first entails Ray even noticing her and knowing who she is. She discovers that the way to do it is not through the traditional means of the beauty parlor or the kitchen, but rather the classroom. Three people who do know what June is up to are new Ethics ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Yiddish

Release Date:

6 April 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Way the Ball Bounces See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$12,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mansfield Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Marc Connelly was nominated for the 1959 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Featured Actor in a Drama for "Tall Story" as Professor Charles Osman. See more »

Goofs

The flag in the Custer College gymnasium has 48 stars. See more »

Quotes

Frieda Jensen: [In their trailer, talking to Ray and June] Didn't you hear? Freddie's father had to have an operation, and we've got to leave college to run the business. Freddie's got to go to *work* - and he's only 24!
Fred Jensen: And believe it or not, I had a pretty good chance to graduate this year, too!
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Soundtracks

Song of the Volga Boatmen
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Sung with added lyrics as the bonfire is being prepared]
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Cute and anachronistic comedy
28 December 2005 | by okgal-1See all my reviews

I love this film. Jane Fonda is darling and irresistible and Tony Perkins is adorable. It is so blatantly 50's style sexist but great fun. Great supporting cast including "My Favorite Martian" guy and "Billy Jack". I just love Jane Fonda in this as well as in "Cat Ballou". She is sexy and oh so American girl cute. Unfortunately, it is not out on DVD yet, just VHS so I can't get it from netflix. I'm a sucker for Doris Day/ Rock Hudson movies and this is in that genre. In this movie, living in a trailer is celebrated and marriage is the goal for every girl, just like in a Jane Austen story. Warning: extremely sexy shower scene :), a far cry from the one in Psycho!


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