Bus Stop (1956)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  20 September 1956 (Argentina)
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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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Betty Field ...
Elma Duckworth
Life Magazine Photographer
Life Magazine Reporter (as Casey Adams)
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Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band ...


Innocent rodeo cowboy Bo falls in love with cafe singer Cherie in Phoenix. She tries to run away to Los Angeles but he finds her and forces her to board the bus to his home in Montana. When the bus stops at Grace's Diner the passengers learn that the road ahead is blocked. By now everyone knows of the kidnapping, but Bo is determined to have Cherie. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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montana | ranch | bus | cowboy | rodeo | See All (81) »


The coming of age of Bo Decker...and the girl who made him a man! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

20 September 1956 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

The Wrong Kind of Girl  »

Box Office


$2,200,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first picture of Marilyn Monroe's new seven-year contract with Fox. See more »


When Bo gets on the horse for the Bronc riding event, you see him wrap Cheri's green scarf around his neck, and tie it once. In the reverse shot from the stands, you see him wrap it around and tie it again. See more »


[first lines]
Beauregard 'Bo' Decker: Are you ready, Virge?
Virgil Blessing: Anytime.
Beauregard 'Bo' Decker: Turn him out!
[calf is released from chute]
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Crazy Credits

And Introducing / Don Murray See more »


Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »


The Right Kind
(1948) (uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Don George and Charles Henderson
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User Reviews

A comedy-drama very well done!

Alternately puzzled, lost, desperate, lonely, confused and unexpectedly radiant with happiness, Marilyn Monroe, with a mixture of humor and pain scores her greatest triumph in Joshua Logan's "Bus Stop" creating a complete and deeply touching character...

Singing 'That Old Black Magic' to a noisy crowd of cowpokes who couldn't care less about her efforts to entertain them, Cherie is pleased to discover a fan in Bo, a young and innocent cowboy who has come to make his fortune at the Rodeo and finds himself an Angel to take back to his Montana ranch...The kiss she gives him in appreciation, determines him then and there to be his beloved wife...

Logan gives Don Murray his first and best-remembered screen role, as the gauche simple-thinking cowboy who romances the glamorous 'chantoose'... Marilyn succeeds in making him say "please" which is the point of the whole thing... Murray was Oscar-nominated for his performance...

There are other fine performances in the movie: Arthur O'Connell, delightful as the cowboy's pal who big-brothers him with loving patience; Eileen Heckart amusing as the old time friend; Betty Field, strong enough as the bus stop owner; Robert Bray, firm as the driver of the bus and Hope Lange, so auspicious in her screen debut whom Cherie reveals details of her past...

With a modern Western background and rodeo atmosphere, and with panoramic long shot and overwhelming close-ups in color and CinemaScope, "Bus Stop" is a comedy-drama very well done, and a modest entertainment in familiar American vein...

The film had one of Monroe's most touching songs: 'That Old Black Magic' was as funny as it was heartbreaking…

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