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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 ... 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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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

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

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

June Ryder: I remember reading about elephants once. Did you know that elephants mate only once every seven years?
Ray Blent: [nervously] Sure... but there are some that... manage once every six years.
June Ryder: [ponders for a moment] Nymphomaniacs.
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Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, 1st Movement (Allegro con brio)
(uncredited)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
[Leo plays the piece on the piano as it is being moved into the house]
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Enjoyable and Humorous
23 August 2007 | by my_wife_smellsSee all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised to find this playing one morning on TCM. I didn't know anything about the film before, so I was completely unprepared for what turned out to be a truly delightful comedy. At first I thought the movie was serious, then it started turning sillier and sillier. Anthony Perkins and Jane Fonda do a great job. This was a perfect vehicle for Fonda to launch her acting career. And I must admit I agree with her - she does have quite beautiful legs, and I feel fortunate that we are treated to seeing them in her cute little cheerleader outfit.

This movie is entertaining and I recommend viewing it on a lazy afternoon one day, it is much better than watching re-runs of Gilligans Island.


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