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Picnic [1955 film] by Joshua Logan

Picnic [1955 film] (1955)

by Joshua Logan (Director), Daniel Taradash (Screenwriter)

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Picnic (1955)

William Holden – Hal Carter
Kim Novak – Madge Owens
Susan Strasberg – Millie Owens
Betty Field – Flo Owens
Cliff Robertson – Alan Benson
Rosalind Russell – Rosemary Sidney
Arthur O’Connell – Howard Bevans

Screenplay: Daniel Taradash, based on the play by William Inge.
Director: Joshua Logan.

Colour. 115 min.


Preposterously melodramatic and rather disappointing romance on a picnic day. Kim Novak is lovely in her blooming youth and fully convincing as a girl imprisoned by her beauty. William Holden does his best with every line, and nobody plays good-natured bums better than him. I adore both Bill and Kim. But they can’t save what is a poor script in the first place. The best comes in the supporting cast. Rosalind Russell steals the show as a priggish old maid who is both ridiculous and tragic. The movie has its moments (the steamy and stylish dance scene is justly famous), but overall it feels like a missed opportunity. It’s a perfect period piece. It could have been something more, but it was not to be. ( )
  Waldstein | Aug 28, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Logan, JoshuaDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Taradash, DanielScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Holden, Williamsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Novak, Kimsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robertson, Cliffsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russell, Rosalindsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
William IngeOriginal playsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The story covers one Labor Day week-end in a small Kansas town, and tells about the impact a virile drifter has on the lives of several women in town.

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