Clint Eastwood was offered the role of Ray Blent, but his contract on Rawhide didn't allow him to play the part.
Marc Connelly was nominated for the 1959 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "Tall Story" as Professor Charles Osman.
Van Williams' movie debut.
Jane Fonda's debut film.
Robert Redford's feature film debut. After achieving stardom, he and Jane Fonda would be paired in The Chase, Barefoot in the Park and The Electric Horseman.
Prior to release, title was briefly changed to The Way The Ball Bounces before reverting back to Tall Story, name of play on which it was based.
The original stage production of "Tall Story" by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse opened at the Belasco Theater in New York on January 29, 1959 and ran for 108 performances.