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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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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 <>

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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 »


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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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Since Joshua Logan also was a hypersensitive soul bothered by insomnia and exhaustion, he was sympathetic to Marilyn Monroe's personal problems and creative struggles. In later years he described her as a great actress, a combination of Greta Garbo and Charles Chaplin. "She was the most constantly exciting actress I ever worked with, and that excitement was not related to her celebrity but to her humanness, to the way she saw life around her." 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!
[calf is released from chute]
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Crazy Credits

And Introducing / Don Murray See more »


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Rye Whisky
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Tex Ritter
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Great combination of comedy and pathos
9 January 2001 | by (elgin, illinois) – See all my reviews

The thesis of the film seems to be that, though opposites may not attract, two individuals with real but complementary needs can make their way toward a fulfilling relationship. As Beau tells Cheri at the end: If I have no experience with love and you have too much, maybe we can meet somewhere in the middle. The viewer is intended to feel humor toward and sympathy for both the cowboy and the saloon singer; and I at least do, even after having seen the movie 7 or 8 times. The cast is uniformly excellent. As often noted, Monroe has never been better in subtly conveying a range of emotions. It is difficult to avoid comparing Cheri's history and needs with her own pursuit of success as an actress. Murray is hilarious as the naive cowboy in the first sequences, until the unattractive side of his innocence appears and must be subdued before the finale. For an old timer like myself, it was great to see Betty Field playing against the fragile character she created in a few films from the 40s.

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