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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)  »

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The Way the Ball Bounces  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Warren Beatty was considered for the role of Ray Blent, but Warner Bros. wanted a "name" to co-star with Fonda and wasn't willing to risk the project on the shoulders of two unknowns. 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

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

Cuddle Up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine
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Music by Karl Hoschna
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Sung by the students in the Student Trailer Park
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Completely engulfed in cozy, TV-styled Saran Wrap
8 July 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Jane Fonda before "Barbarella", Anthony Perkins the same year as "Psycho", Tom Laughlin before "Billy Jack", Ray Walston doing the same professor bit he utilized in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High", and still the flick's a dud! Set on some mythical college campus, one inhabited with well-scrubbed students who look as if they're about to burst into song a la "Good News", "Tall Story" comes up short on realism, with a forced-friendly atmosphere masking wispy story of a basketball player targeted by a pretty co-ed who really wants a Man! Debuting Fonda is alternately coy and coquettish--not a credible mix--though she does look cute in her chemistry glasses; Perkins fares worse, with a voice that sounds dubbed by a 12-year-old boy on the verge of puberty. It's not a complete loss--the director is Joshua Logan, who knows how to put a picture together--but the results are still pretty tired. *1/2 from ****


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