marc perkins

Putting all these sketches in one post for easier viewing. This is my Buckyyyyy! Book… and over time I hope to get it filled up with glorious Bucky sketches - WW2 Bucky, Winter Soldier, BuckyCap, BuckyNat, Stucky, all the Bucky variations :) It’s quite small, only 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ high so it’s nice and handy to tote around to cons.

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365 Day Movie Challenge (2017) - #320: Tall Story (1960) - dir. Joshua Logan

I’m tempted to say that Tall Story is a ridiculous romantic comedy that completely falters on the basis of its total lack of chemistry between stars Anthony Perkins and Jane Fonda (and I say that as a person who has loved Tony Perkins since my teenage years, so I always hope to love his work no matter what), but it’s still notable just to see Jane Fonda as completely assured in her cinematic debut and she has been ever since. It’s also hard to say no to a film from the same year as Psycho that also features Perkins and a beautiful blonde in a shower.

Fonda plays June Ryder, a young woman who has transferred to Custer University for the sole purpose of snagging basketball player Ray Blent (Perkins) and marrying him. As old-fashioned as this premise is, it’s somewhat admirable to watch a female character circa 1960 who is so frank about her sexual interests. The supporting characters in Tall Story, including an ethics professor (Ray Walston) and his wife (Anne Jackson), a chemistry professor (Marc Connelly) and the college’s excitable basketball coach (Murray Hamilton), all acquit themselves well, although I wish that the film had made better use of the veteran character actress Elizabeth Patterson, who plays a cook and hardly has any lines. Incidentally, like Jane Fonda, Hollywood legend Robert Redford made his film debut in Tall Story, here portraying a basketball player in an uncredited bit part. As film fans know, Fonda and Redford have had a long history of co-starring together in The Chase (1966), Barefoot in the Park (1967), The Electric Horseman (1979) and this year’s Netflix drama Our Souls at Night.

Much of Tall Story’s humor is dated and is played as broadly as if in a bad sitcom, but since I am a fan of many of the actors in the film, I’m still glad I saw it. After all, to paraphrase what Milton Berle said about the great Hume Cronyn’s appearance in the overblown epic Cleopatra: I never miss a Murray Hamilton picture.