Tall Story is dated, but deliciously so. June Ryder (Jane Fonda in her film debut) is a new student at Custer – a Californian college which is renowned for its basketball team – although it also has a high academic standing that rivals the more famous colleges on the west coast.
June’s primary reason for being there is to become a “Mrs” – specifically Mrs Ray Blent.
Ray (Anthony Perkins) is a science major and the star player on the basketball team – although he isn’t a naturally gifted player.
In fact, Ray uses science to figure out how to play the perfect game and his interest in the game generally is just a byproduct of his primary interest in the sciences.
June, meanwhile, is a single-minded husband-hunter.
Ray eventually proposes to June, but their future happiness is threatened due to a lack of money. Then Ray is offered $4,000 to throw a basketball game against a team of Soviet All-stars touring the USA.
This was also the film debut of Van Williams and Robert Redford – both in uncredited bit parts.
Prof. Leo Sullivan
Prof. Charles Osman
Coach Sandy Hardy
President Harmon Nagel
District Attorney Davis