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Director: Joshua Logan Cast: William Holden
William Holden
, Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
, Kim Novak
Kim Novak
Joshua Logan


Director: Joshua Logan Cast: William Holden
William Holden
, Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
, Kim Novak
Kim Novak
Joshua Logan


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One of the biggest box-office attractions of the 1950s, Picnic was adapted by Daniel Taradash from the Pulitzer Prize-winning William Inge play. William Holden plays Hal Carter, a handsome drifter who ambles into a small Kansas town during the Labor Day celebration to look up old college chum Alan (Cliff Robertson, in his film debut). Hoping to hit up Alan for a job--or a handout--Hal ends up stealing his buddy's fiancee Madge Owens (Kim Novak). Hal also has a catnip effect on spinster schoolteacher Rosemary Sydney (Rosalind Russell), so much so that Rosemary makes a fool of herself in front of the whole town, nearly driving away her longtime beau Howard Bevans (Arthur O'Connell). Persuaded by his friends and family that Hal is no damn good, Madge is prepared to break off her relationship. As anyone who remembers the film's famous overhead closing shot knows, however, Madge is ultimately ruled by her heart and not her head. For a film set in Kansas, there's an awful lot of New York talent in the supporting cast (Susan Strasberg and Phyllis Newman come immediately to mind); still, the Midwestern ambience comes through loud and clear, especially during the perceptively detailed Labor Day picnic sequence. Broadening the film's appeal is its George Duning-Steve Allen title song, a variation of the old standard "Moonglow." Two sidebars: The original Broadway production of Picnic starred Ralph Meeker and Paul Newman; for the film version of Picnic, William Holden was obliged to shave his chest, lest his hairy torso cause the female moviegoers to conjure up impure thoughts.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2020
UPC: 0043396572263
Original Release: 1955
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Mod
Region Code: ABC
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 3,956

Special Features

Kim Novak's Hollywood Picnic featurette Theatrical trailers 1080p High Definition English SDH subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Hal Carter
Rosalind Russell Rosemary Sydney
Kim Novak Madge Owens
Betty Field Flo Owens
Susan Strasberg Millie Owens
Cliff Robertson Alan
Arthur O'Connell Howard Bevans
Verna Felton Mrs. Helen Potts
Reta Shaw Linda Sue Breckenridge
Nick Adams Bomber
Raymond Bailey Mr. Benson
Elizabeth Wilson Christine Schoenwalder
Phyllis Newman Juanita Badger
Don C. Harvey First Policeman
Steve Benton Second Policeman

Technical Credits
Joshua Logan Director
Clay Campbell Makeup
George Cooper Sound/Sound Designer
Carter DeHaven Asst. Director
George Duning Score Composer
William Flannery Art Director
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Fred Kohlmar Producer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Lyon Editor
Jo Mielzinger Production Designer
Charles Nelson Editor
Miriam Nelson Choreography
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel Taradash Screenwriter

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