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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?


Don Murray suffered painful facial cuts when Marilyn Monroe overdid a scene in which she had to slap him with the sequined tail of her costume. See more »


When Bo and Cherie are talking in the Bus stop, Cherie has her hand in a fist next to her mouth. When the camera angle shifts she has a cup of coffee and both hands up by her mouth. 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

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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2017) See more »


That Old Black Magic
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Marilyn Monroe
Later briefly sung by Don Murray
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What was Marilyn thinking?
11 January 2001 | by (Kentucky, USA) – See all my reviews

I watched this film with high hopes, for I had heard that it was one of Marilyn's best performances. I was deeply disappointed, and "Bus Stop" rates in my Bottom Ten Worst Films. Monroe went to the Actors Studio for a year to study, and then made this film. Why? Her character is one of the weakest, most shallow women ever portrayed on film. This role was even more anti-feminist than the gold digging bimbos that Marilyn played in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "How To Marry A Millionaire." At least those women were smart.

I wonder if Marilyn made this film for a contractual obligation, or she actually chose the role. I do admit that she gave a good performance, and it helped to prove she was a real actress. However, her accent came and went, and was a bit overdone. I think a much better example of Marilyn in a serious role is the film "Niagra" with Joseph Cotten. Coincidentally, the screenplay for "Bus Stop" was written by George Axelrod, who also wrote "The Seven Year Itch" (in my opinion another extremely overrated film.)

I can't finish this without saying how much I hated Don Murray's character. From the moment he first appeared on screen, I wished someone would shoot him in the head. "Bo" has to be one of the stupidest, most irritating characters of all time. The story was weak, and I couldn't have cared less what happened to any of the players. About the only good thing I can say about this film is that Hope Lange was cute.

Don't stand in any lines for this "Bus"!

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