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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In Miss Representation (2011), Jane Fonda states that director Joshua Logan asked her to wear falsies and to have her back teeth pulled out for this film. See more »

Goofs

When the basketball player emerges from the locker room shower, he is carrying his towel in front of him. In the next shot, the close-up, the towel is draped over his right shoulder. 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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Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Sung at the party after the basketball game against the Russians]
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Meet Jane Fonda
5 August 2014 | by wes-connorsSee 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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