Major Gruver: Look, Miss Ogi, I’m not up too good on the Japanese way of doing things. Maybe I’m saying the wrong things. Maybe my American manners are embarrassing. But I figured, as long as you came over here tonight maybe you were interested a little bit in meeting me too.Now, maybe I’m wrong and if I’m wrong, then you’ve got to tell me where we go from here, because I don’t know what to say. I’ve run out of things to say.
I am a big fan of Joshua Logan’s Picnic, Bus Stop, Sayonara and Paint Your Wagon (and Mister Roberts, which he took over when John Ford became ill; though I must say I did not really like Fanny), so when I heard the Warner Archive was releasing a remastered copy of 1960’s Tall Story (a film I’d been trying to see or ages) I was overjoyed. While the title sequence is still a little grainy, the rest of the remaster is wonderful and crisp. Nothing makes me happier than crisp black and white cinematography and this remaster does justice to Ellsworth Fredericks‘ excellent work.
This is a year wherein I 100% agree with the winner the Academy picked – Marty. It’s one of my favorite films period, let alone one of my favorite Best Picture winners. That being said, the three nominees I’ve seen from that year (Marty, Picnic and Mister Roberts) are all fabulous films. I decided to talk about Picnic because it has one of my all-time favorite performances and there’s lots of shirtless William Holden. Picnic was nominated for six Oscars, winning two: Best Score, Best Color Art Direction-Set Decoration (won), Best Film Editing (won), Best Supporting Actor Arthur O’Connell, Best Director and Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were: Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, Mister Roberts, The Rose Tattoo and winner Marty.
Millie Owens: When I graduate from college I’m going to New York, and write novels that’ll shock people right out of their senses. I’m never gonna fall in love. Not me! I’m not gonna live in some jerkwater town and marry some ornery guy and raise some grimy kids. But just because I’m a dope doesn’t mean you have to be.
Madge Owens: Millie.
Millie Owens: Go with him, Madge.
Madge Owens: Millie?
Millie Owens: For once in your life, do something bright.