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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“Ain’t she sweet?” Kim Novak in Picnic (Joshua Logan, 1955)

By Virginie Pronovost on Feb 27, 2022 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

We sometimes forget that Kim Novak is one of those classic actresses still with us today. I’m not sure why that is, except maybe that she’s not so much in the public eye anymore. Et pourtant… She was pretty much an icon of her time, maybe not like Marilyn Monroe or Grace Kelly were... Read full article


COMEDY GOLD #18: The picnic from To Catch a Thief (1955)

By Carol Martinheira on Aug 16, 2019 From The Old Hollywood Garden

COMEDY GOLD #18: The picnic from To Catch a Thief (1955) On August 16, 2019August 16, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized To Catch a Thief (1955, dir. Alfred Hitchcock) boasts not only two of the most beautiful people who have ever lived as its leads, but also some of the mo... 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)

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


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Quotes from

Flo Owens: Where is everybody?
Helen Potts: At a picnic everybody disappears. Don't you remember, Flo?


Howard Bevans: You went for that Owens girl, didn't you?


Rosemary Sidney: Look at that sunset, Howard!
Howard Bevans: A sunset's a beautiful thing, all right.
Rosemary Sidney: It's like the daytime didn't want to end, isn't it? It's like the daytime was gonna put up a big scrap, set the world on fire to keep the night from creeping on.


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Facts about

Finnish censorship certificate # 044220.
Filming began in Salina, Kansas, May 16, 1955. Night-time crowds watched along the Smoky Hill River near an old mill dam as William Holden whipped a "borrowed" convertible with Kim Novak in the passenger seat to a stop along the river. Director Logan, a perfectionist, filmed the scene over and over. A number of spectatoring small boys often got in the way of the filming. A production member was designated assistant-in-charge-of-chasing-small-boys-out-of-camera-range. Other scenes filmed were Holden being chased by police around the mill and between railroad box cars. Suddenly, the loud-speaker blared: "There's a small boy underneath the box car! Get him out of there!" When the big Holden/Novak love scene was filmed, most of the crowd had gone home. "Those who stayed said it was a dilly of a romance." Filming wrapped shortly after five in the morning. By week's end, filming moved to Hutchinson.
While selecting locals to play extras in the film, director Logan said, "There's a girl with a typical Kansas face." The woman, Joan Farwell, was hired for "atmosphere" but confessed, "I'm from Brooklyn. I'm just here visiting my grandmother."
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