SPOILERS ~ I re-saw the 1955 film of the William Inge play " PICNIC " directed by Joshua Logan with William Holden and Kim Novak 'other, on KQED San Francisco's Saturday-nite " big movie " slot - They have now taken to showing it THREE times in the course of an evening, Million Dollar Movie-like of which I was fully present for two. I saw it theatrically in SF at the Castro Theatre a few years back. (This is about the movie, I suppose the plot of the play could differ slightly.) As far as modern-day attitudes go ~ Um, considering that there's probably, all told, more dads, and even grandads, of 18-or-so-year olds (Moms likewise) here than many even kind of near that actual age themselves it will perhaps interest you that: The film paints it as a salutary thing that a rather backward overaged 18 yr old (maybe she's 19) painfully respectable lower-middle class prom queen type with looks and not much else should run off with a considerably older, trainhopping , homeless, alcohol-quaffing, veteran with no conventional prospects or credentials and a juvie hall record and mucho family trauma based upon a day's acquaintance! The message, of course, is " FOLLOW YOUR HEART! ". This, however, certainly runs rather counter to the Oprah/Suze Ornman/" You go, girl! "...um, #MeToo?...conventional wisdom today, certainly among respectable, genteel, PBS viewer types! No????? Kim's character is finishing her first (Or 2nd?) post-HS gradding summer, and her mother takes in boarders to get by. Susan Strasberg is her more aspiring-artsy younger sister, more 'n'lectual than Sis (And would a modern-day version of Strasberg play her as a ~ Perhaps not yet self-aware? ~ " [Mod: derogatory sexual orientation term removed] "? Inge was gay, evidently.). Rosalind Russell is a boarder, a becoming-an-" old maid " teacher. Kim's Mom's house is right next to the high school. I was thinking that that seemed unlikely, more for dramatic purposes for the story's climax to happen against the background of returning students, but I don't know mid-20th Kansas small towns. To-day, our idea of an ideal climax would be that Bill and Kim would be SEPERATED, Bill packed off to an (initially) locked rehab program for booze/PTSD (Programs for which hardly existed in '55, but anyhow.). Kim told to practice her self-esteem and gluten-free cookery, to visit Bill on Memorial and Veterans' Day and off him a (carefully vetted) cupcake and say " Thank you for your service ". But NOTHING MORE. Where's your SELF-ESTEEM, girlfriend?!? Rosalind's character shows no pride in her profession, either, pushing her BF into matrimony and sticking her tonguegout at the HS as she rides away!!! There seem to be pop-/movie-star pics on the wall in Kim and Susan's shared room perhaps to underline " this is two teenage girls' room ". I thought, before, Elvis Presley and Paul Anka, but '55 seems early for that, 'specially for Paul ~ Whom, then?