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 ...
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Life Magazine Photographer
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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 <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 »


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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?


Elaine Stritch was nominated for the 1956 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for "Bus Stop" for the role of Grace Hoylard. See more »


The length of Cherie's green scarf changes as Bo wears it during the rodeo. 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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And Introducing / Don Murray See more »


Referenced in Moulin Rouge! (2001) See more »


Rye Whisky
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Tex Ritter
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A great performance
30 September 2004 | by (Berlin) – See all my reviews

Bus Stop has been rightly hailed as Marilyn Monroe's breakthrough performance in a movie as a serious dramatic actress. She is absolutely superb here, ditching the breathless dumb blonde of earlier roles and playing a hardened, Southern chanteuse in search of true love. She manages to convey a whole range of emotions which is testament to her time spent at Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio in New York. As usual she sparkles and it's difficult to take your eyes off her, but there is a depth and sympathy to her playing that makes you take note of the performance and not simply the curves.

However, Bus Stop is a relatively simple picture of unrequited then requited love. The comedy moments don't often work that well and Don Murray's Beau has to be one of the most irritating characters I have ever seen in a film. Him and Cherie coming together at the end of the picture is unbelievable and spoiled the movie for me...I always wanted her to get away!

Bus Stop is more enjoyable from the Monroe point of view as her playing is spellbinding and marked a turning point in her career.

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