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Bus Stop (1956)

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A naive but stubborn cowboy falls in love with a saloon singer and tries to take her away against her will to get married and live on his ranch in Montana.



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Release Date:

20 September 1956 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

The Wrong Kind of Girl  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Marilyn Monroe played Cherie, a role that Kim Stanley originated on Broadway. Some critics pointed out that Monroe's performance was an inflection-for-inflection recreation of Stanley's. Two years later, Stanley played a thinly-veiled version of Monroe in the The Goddess (1958). See more »


When Cherie exits the bus because the snow is too deep for the bus to continue, heavy snow is falling yet the sky in the background is clear and you can even see a few clouds over the mountains. See more »


[first lines]
Beauregard 'Bo' Decker: Are you ready, Virge?
Virgil Blessing: Anytime.
Beauregard 'Bo' Decker: Turn him out!
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That Old Black Magic
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Music by Harold Arlen
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"I almost married a cousin of mine when I was 14, but Pappy wouldn't have it!" (Cherie)
5 October 2001 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

"Bus Stop" is named for the setting of the last half-hour of this film, the bus stop in the snow, somewhere in Wyoming, where Beau finally gets his 'comeuppance', right before he and Cherie reconcile. If this movie had not been made in 1956, but instead in modern times, it would have received a very laughable reception. As it is, I consider it a cult classic in the genre of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", so horrible and fake are the characters and the dialog.

However, Marilyn Monroe, in her 26th film, playing a simple showgirl from Arkansas, does very well with her role. Don Murray as "Beau", in his very first film, is so obnoxious that by the time he apologises for his bad behavior, we no longer care about him, and "Cherie's" accepting him just doesn't make sense. Hope Lange has a small part as "Elma" on the bus, in this her first film. She and Murray married afterward in real life, but it didn't last. Murray made a number of other films, including the father in "Quarterback Princess" in 1983 with Helen Hunt.

The reason to see this film is Marilyn Monroe in her prime, almost 30, and only 6 years from her death. The story, of the possessive cowboy who decides to marry Cherie and haul her away to his ranch in Montana, is pretty simple and pretty implausible. The scene in the bus stop, where he finally kisses her "for serious", was also featured in an episode of Northern Exposure, with Chris playing Beau and Maggie playing Cherie, for a community theater production they were rehearsing for.

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