6.0/10
664
16 user 7 critic

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:

Writers:

(screenplay), (stage play) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

On December 23rd, Korean War veteran George Haverstick and nurse Isabel Crane - who George lovingly refers to as "Little Bit" - get married in a civil ceremony. They met when George was ... See full summary »

Director: George Roy Hill
Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Jane Fonda, Jim Hutton
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Eileen is 22 and is smarting from her breakup with Russ. She comes to New York to visit her brother, Adam, who is an airline pilot. Eileen confides to her brother that she thinks she may be... See full summary »

Director: Peter Tewksbury
Stars: Rod Taylor, Jane Fonda, Cliff Robertson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Based on the best-selling novel by Irving Wallace that was inspired by the Kinsey Report on the sexual mores of suburban women, the film follows the personal (read sexual) lives of four ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Shelley Winters, Jane Fonda
Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Thornton Wilder's tale of a matchmaker who desires the man she's supposed to be pairing with another woman.

Director: Joseph Anthony
Stars: Shirley Booth, Anthony Perkins, Shirley MacLaine
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young man in the jungles of Venezuela meets a strange girl of the forest and falls in love with her.

Director: Mel Ferrer
Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Anthony Perkins, Lee J. Cobb
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The lives of a group of women in a New Orleans bordello.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Laurence Harvey, Capucine, Jane Fonda
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1921, unsuccessful vice-presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt contracts poliomyelitis and, with the help of his wife Eleanor Roosevelt and close friend Louis Howe, battles his newfound disability.

Director: Vincent J. Donehue
Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Greer Garson, Hume Cronyn
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Ephraim Cabot is an old man of amazing vitality who loves his New England farm with a greedy passion. Hating him, and sharing his greed, are the sons of two wives Cabot has overworked into ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Burl Ives
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In Paris during the summer of 1914 a succession of brief liaisons begins and ends with a soldier and a tart, but on the way moves humourously and sometimes poignantly through a fascinating panorama of society and of attitudes to love.

Director: Roger Vadim
Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Francine Bergé, Marie Dubois
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

After he mends a marital rift between a vacationing young couple, the bored, fragile wife falls hopelessly in love with the husband's ex-colleague who is married to a long suffering and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Stevens
Stars: Peter Finch, Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lisa Macklin, an Italian woman, has a fight with her American husband Robert in a Paris night club. He leaves the next day for a business trip and Lisa says she does not want to see him ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Gig Young
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Prof. Leo Sullivan
...
Prof. Charles Osman
...
Myra Sullivan
...
Coach Sandy Hardy
Bob Wright ...
President Harmon Nagel
...
District Attorney Davis
Karl Lukas ...
1st Detective
...
Connie
...
...
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

6 April 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Way the Ball Bounces  »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$12,000,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 14 June 1959 (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Tall Story
Music by André Previn and Shelly Manne
Lyrics by Dory Previn (as Dory Langdon)
Performed by Bobby Darin
[Title song played over the opening titles and credits]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very Enjoyable Comedy Starring Fonda and Perkins
19 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Shot in B&W and released in 1960, "Tall Story" was directed by Joshua Logan and starred Jane Fonda (in her screen debut) and Antony Perkins. The story is set at a the small campus of Custer College, a liberal arts school where the basketball team rules. Jane Fonda plays June Ryder, a student who transfers to Custer just to meet the star of the basketball team, Ray Blent (Perkins). Purpose: matrimony. The film is a comedy and while "Tall Story" laughs at the premise, it does so with a wink, knowing that the primary reason many coeds went to college was to find a husband.

The story is infused with an innocent air. Later in the film, we find that the big dilemma of the film is Ray flunking an exam, prohibiting him from playing in the big game. In 1960, there were Beach Blanket films and fluffy Rock Hudson/Doris Day films. In a few years, America's male students would still play basketball, but college attendance would mean an educational deferment from the military draft. In the early 60s, things would change quickly.

"Tall Story" is beautifully filmed. And the background music is excellent. The story is, of course, somewhat silly. But the cast makes it well worth watching.

Jane Fonda is fresh-faced, enthusiastic, and undeniably sexy. It would be five more years before what I consider her big break, "Cat Ballou", but the screen loves her from the first seconds she appears on film, when her character brashly advises two professors that they must compete for her enrollment in their classes. Fonda is about age 22 and working with the director (Logan) who convinced her to enter acting. She is wonderful in this role.

Tony Perkins is about age 27 during the filming, but he easily portrays the star collegiate athlete who the fans hoist on their shoulders. Is he convincing as an athlete? Probably not. But June is not interested in him for his athletic abilities; she thinks he's a dreamboat. 1960 is also the year that Hitchcock's "Psycho" would hit the big screen, transforming Tony Perkins' career.

In this film, professors are oddball academics, but lovable. The two professors are played by Ray Walston and Marc Connelly. As usual, Walston is delightful. Connelly stays right with him in this film, as does Anne Jackson who plays Walston's wife. Three years after this film, Walston would make an impact in the TV comedy "My Favorite Martian". Much later in his career, he would again play a teacher, the iconic Mr. Hand in "Fast Time at Ridgemont High".

"Tall Story" is dated, but deliciously so. The big game is going to be against the "Sputniks", the touring Soviet national team. Can Custer's men of the hardcourt withstand the Soviet machine? Of course, because Ray has a secret weapon--his "scientific" theory for shooting a basketball. The discerning viewer will note that his theory is nonsense and actually rooted in mysticism, evidenced by the way June, like a disturbance in the force, disrupts his abilities by standing too close to him.

The longest scene in the film is a flirting scene between Ray and June. Ray is no smooth Casanova. Perkins plays him as a gulping, romantic incompetent. But June manages to turn his head and redirect some of his ambitions.

In one scene they visit a trailer court for married couples. It is a picture of marital bliss (and young passions). June's friends live in a trailer dubbed "Lovesville, USA"--cozy (cramped) quarters decorated with hearts. The couple is played by Tom Laughlin (who would become Billy Jack in 1971) and Barbara Darrow, an actress I am unfamiliar with, but who I think dominates the screen when she is in it.

This film is adapted from the stage, something Joshua Logan had done successfully many times. Here he directs an extremely enjoyable cast, resulting in a comedy that is entertaining and fun to watch as a period piece.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Rent or Buy Popular Movies With Prime Video

Explore popular movies available to rent or buy on Prime Video.

Visit Prime Video to explore more titles