Sometimes it get's small town despair particularly of women sort of right (or maybe that's just because I love Russell and Novak) but like Holden is as like everyone says way too old to do Rebel Without A Cause angst, but more in that he seems like someone who would have been really good at it years before this movie
This is precisely the moment when I came to not only Love William Holden, but ADORE his irresolutely. Kim Novak is perfectly cast as well. I don't ever see her as she is in Vertigo when I recall her any more, I recall her washing her hair in Picnic. This film is so very terrific.
It's a mess, a complete, total, and utter mess. I have a feeling the play the film was based upon is a lot more daring and complex than the film itself. However this is still a fun little melodrama and I just love the Technicolor cinematography so I can't totally hate on it. It kills two hours.