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Picnic (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | December 1955 (USA)
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Emotions are ignited amongst the complacent townsfolk when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of the Labour Day picnic.

Director:

Joshua Logan

Writers:

Daniel Taradash (screenplay), William Inge (play)
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Hal Carter
Kim Novak ... Madge Owens
Betty Field ... Flo Owens
Susan Strasberg ... Millie Owens
Cliff Robertson ... Alan Benson
Arthur O'Connell ... Howard Bevans
Verna Felton ... Helen Potts
Reta Shaw ... Irma Kronkite
Nick Adams ... Bomber
Raymond Bailey ... Mr. Benson
Elizabeth Wilson ... Christine Schoenwalder (as Elizabeth W. Wilson)
Rosalind Russell ... Miss Rosemary Sydney
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Storyline

The morning of a small town Labor Day picnic, a drifter (Hal Carter) blows into town to visit an old fraternity buddy (Alan Benson) who also happens to be the son of the richest man in town. Hal is an egocentric braggart - all potential and no accomplishment. He meets up with Madge Owens, the town beauty queen and girlfriend of Alan Benson. Written by Erik L. Ellis <ele@eece.unm.edu>

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A never-to-be forgotten picture - from the Pulitzer Prize winning story by William Inge! See more »

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Trivia

Rosalind Russell remarked, "Bill Inge has sisters who were schoolteachers. That helped him in writing Rosemary so perceptively." In fact, Inge's mother ran a boarding house that at one time was occupied by three women schoolteachers. In his own words: "I saw their attempts and, even as a child, I sensed every woman's failure. I began to sense the sorrow and the emptiness in their lives, and it touched me." See more »

Goofs

During the picnic and up through her arriving home late that night, Madge's hair length is considerably shorter than in the rest of the film. See more »

Quotes

Millie Owens: How do you talk to boys?
Madge Owens: Why you just talk silly.
Millie Owens: Well, but, how do you think of things to say?
Madge Owens: You just say whatever comes into your head.
Millie Owens: Supposing nothing ever comes into my head?
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Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonglow
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Written by Will Hudson, Edgar De Lange, and Irving Mills
Instrumental, danced by Kim Novak and William Holden
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Picnic was quite an enjoyable movie for me and Mom
22 November 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

I just watched this with Mom who hadn't seen this before so we were both watching this with fresh eyes. William Holden plays a drifter who wanders into a small town hoping to reacquaint with college buddy Cliff Robertson who's the son of a grain company boss. Robertson has Kim Novak for a girlfriend, one who's tired of being valued for her looks as she's a shoo-in for winning the title occasion's beauty contest. Other female characters start having urges around Holden like the schoolteacher played by Rosalind Russell and the teen sister of Novak played by Susan Strasberg. Joshua Logan, who also directed the play version of this, helms this film version with quite a theatrical and cinematic flourish with a music score to match that makes it quite admirable if a bit over-the-top in some scenes. Still, the performances are very good with Ms. Russell and Ms. Strasberg particularly memorable. Also, Arthur O'Connell also was good as Ms. Russell's beau. In summary, both me and Mom highly enjoyed Picnic.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Halstead, Kansas, USA See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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