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|Picnic 1955 N/R, 113 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Joshua Logan
Cast: William Holden, Kim Novak, Susan Strasberg, Arthur O'Connell, Cliff Robertson, Rosalind Russell, Betty Field, Verna Felton, Nick Adams, Reta Shaw, Raymond Bailey, Elizabeth Wilson, Phyllis Newman, Henry Pagueo, Don C. Harvey
When drifter Hal Carter (William Holden) wanders into a small Kansas town, his presence greatly affects the citizens as he falls in love with his old friend Alan Benson's (Cliff Robertson) fiancee Madge Owens (Kim Novak). Meanwhile, as he explores the town, Madge's young sister Millie (Susan Strasberg) and spinster schoolteacher Rosemary (Rosalind Russell) fall for him. Matters rise to a head at a picnic, and, after a fight with Alan, Hal hops a freight train to escape the law. But, by story's end, Madge is riding a bus in an effort to find her true love Hal. The film received Oscars for Art Direction/Set Decoration and Film Editing and was nominated for Best Picture, and Director. Arthur O'Connell received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Howard Bevans, the rejected, reliable boyfriend of Rosemary.
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