Picnic Overview:

Picnic (1955) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Joshua Logan and produced by Fred Kohlmar.

Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorArthur O'ConnellNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: William Flannery, Jo Mielziner; Set Decoration: Robert PriestleyWon
Best DirectorJoshua LoganNominated
Best Film EditingCharles Nelson, William A. LyonWon
Best Music - ScoringGeorge DuningNominated
Best PictureFred Kohlmar, ProducerNominated
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Picnic (1956, Joshua Logan)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 4, 2019 From The Stop Button

Picnic is all about sex. It can never talk about being all about sex because it?s from 1956 and it?s set in small-town Kansas anyway and no one in small-town Kansas was going to be talking about sex. Not when schoolteachers like Rosalind Russell are trying to ban books for even hinting at sex. But i... Read full article


Picnic (1956, Joshua Logan)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 4, 2019 From The Stop Button

Picnic is all about sex. It can never talk about being all about sex because it?s from 1956 and it?s set in small-town Kansas anyway and no one in small-town Kansas was going to be talking about sex. Not when schoolteachers like Rosalind Russell are trying to ban books for even hinting at sex. But i... Read full article


Picnic (1956, Joshua Logan)

on Jun 4, 2019 From The Stop Button

Picnic is all about sex. It can never talk about being all about sex because it?s from 1956 and it?s set in small-town Kansas anyway and no one in small-town Kansas was going to be talking about sex. Not when schoolteachers like Rosalind Russell are trying to ban books for even hinting at sex. But i... Read full article


Picnic (1956, Joshua Logan)

on Jun 4, 2019 From The Stop Button

Picnic is all about sex. It can never talk about being all about sex because it?s from 1956 and it?s set in small-town Kansas anyway and no one in small-town Kansas was going to be talking about sex. Not when schoolteachers like Rosalind Russell are trying to ban books for even hinting at sex. But i... Read full article


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Hal Carter: I gotta get somewhere in this world. I just gotta.


Hal Carter: What's the use, Baby? I'm a bum. She saw through me like an x-ray machine. There's no place in the world for a guy like me.


Millie Owens: The ones we love are always pretty, but the ones who are pretty to begin with... everyone loves them.


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Having directed William Inge's play two years previously on Broadway, Logan brought some radical cast changes to the production. Only Arthur O'Connell, Reta Shaw, and Elizabeth Wilson recreated their characterizations. Holden was cast as Hal Carter over Ralph Meeker who had played him onstage. His room-mate on Broadway had been played by Paul Newman; Cliff Robertson got the film part. Kim Stanley lost the part of Millie Owens to the much younger Susan Strasberg and Janice Rule lost out on the part of Madge to young contract player Kim Novak. Rosalind Russell actively campaigned for the role of Rosemary Sydney, the role Eileen Heckart had played onstage.
Shirley Knight's film debut.
In 1957 a marketing investigator, James Vicary, announced that for six weeks he had included subliminal messages in showings of this movie. The messages supposedly said: "Eat popcorn, drink Coca-Cola." According to Vicary, the sales of this products increased from 18% to 57%. Even though his experiment led him to fame, Vicary never gave details of how he came to his conclusions, and admitted in a later interview that everything was just a marketing trick.
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