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Director:
Writers:
George Axelrod (screenplay)
William Inge (based on the play by)
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Release Date:
20 September 1956 (Argentina) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The coming of age of Bo Decker...and the girl who made him a man! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Monroe At Her Best See more (88 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marilyn Monroe ... Chérie
Don Murray ... Beauregard Decker

Arthur O'Connell ... Virgil Blessing
Betty Field ... Grace

Eileen Heckart ... Vera

Robert Bray ... Carl

Hope Lange ... Elma Duckworth

Hans Conried ... Life Magazine Photographer

Max Showalter ... Life Magazine Reporter (as Casey Adams)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Brace ... Evelyn (uncredited)
Mary Carroll ... Cashier (uncredited)
J.M. Dunlap ... Orville (uncredited)
Ed Fury ... Cowboy in Saloon (uncredited)
Buddy Heaton ... Clown (uncredited)
Fay L. Ivor ... Rodeo Usher (uncredited)
Richard Culvert Johnson ... Messenger (uncredited)
Terry Kelman ... Gerald (uncredited)
Lucille Knox ... Blonde on Street (uncredited)
Pete Logan ... Announcer (uncredited)
Kate MacKenna ... Elderly Passenger (uncredited)
Jack Martin ... Rodeo Cowboy (uncredited)
Helen Mayon ... Landlady (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Ticket Taker at Bus (uncredited)
Del Moore ... Man at Rodeo (uncredited)
Phil J. Munch ... Preacher (uncredited)
Jim Katugi Noda ... Japanese Cook (uncredited)
James O'Rear ... Mr. Foster (uncredited)
Norman Papson ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Wilbur Plaugher ... Clown (uncredited)
Edward G. Robinson Jr. ... Cowboy (uncredited)
William Schub ... Messenger (uncredited)

George Selk ... Elderly Passenger (uncredited)
Henry Slate ... Manager of Blue Dragon Nightclub (uncredited)
Bill Stanberry ... Skinny Bull Rider (uncredited)
Greta Thyssen ... Cover Girl (uncredited)
Casey Tibbs ... Himself (uncredited)
Andy Womack ... Clown (uncredited)

Directed by
Joshua Logan 
 
Writing credits
George Axelrod (screenplay)

William Inge (based on the play by)

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge 
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
 
Art Direction by
Mark-Lee Kirk 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Travilla (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist: Miss Monroe (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Kadish .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Orven Schanzer .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ken Darby .... vocal supervisor
Alfred Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pat Newcomb .... publicist (uncredited)
Patricia Newcomb .... publicist: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
Roger L. Stevens .... producer: original stage production (uncredited)
Greta Thyssen .... body double: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
Robert Whitehead .... producer: original stage production (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-12 (1974) | Finland:K-16 (1956) | Iceland:L | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #18041) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The original Broadway production of "Bus Stop" by William Inge opened at the Music Box Theater in New York on March 2, 1955, ran for 478 performances and was nominated for the 1956 Tony Award for the Best Play.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Virgil has his guitar with him in the jeep on the way to catch the bus but boards without it and later on he plays it on the bus.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
The Right KindSee more »

FAQ

What is 'Bus Stop' about?
Does the entire movie take place at a Bus Stop?
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27 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Monroe At Her Best, 29 January 2001
Author: Eric Chapman (caspar_h@yahoo.com) from Pittsburgh, PA

Marilyn Monroe is so good here it's startling. Her Cherie (with the accent on the first syllable, remember) is one of the most lovable characters in the history of film. That the rest of the movie is rocky-going and her co-star is no match for her is unfortunate, but not fatal.

Apparently the director, Joshua Logan, was able to create a relatively peaceful environment where Monroe could completely "let go" and allow her natural fragility and sex appeal to take over. When she's on screen it's impossible to take your eyes off her, not just because she's beautiful (what starlet from the 1950's WASN'T beautiful?) but because she's laying bare her character's soul for the camera (and in the process much of her own soul as well). She isn't just reading lines with various inflections or doing bits of business like so many actors do, she's bringing the character to life.

Unforgettable is the moment where she finds herself perched on the shoulder of the crazy, lovestruck cowboy watching a parade and she's trying to pantomime to a friend in the crowd how she wound up up there. Or the way she keeps "shushing" the loud-talking bus driver so that he won't wake up the sleeping cowboy as she's planning her escape. Or the way she can't make eye contact or get her lazy backwoods accent (that is incredibly charming) to sound firm enough when she keeps trying to tell the cowboy to get lost. Her comic timing is just sublime and unteachable.

Don Murray's performance as the cowboy, criminally and inexplicably Oscar-nominated, is cloying, two-dimensional and geared for the stage, not the intimacy of film. He needs to provide some hint of vulnerabilty before he's humbled in the fist fight with the bus driver, but he is tragically not up to the task. His Beauregard is the kind of loud-mouthed, uncouth buffoon that only a greatly skilled comic actor can make sympathetic, and Murray simply doesn't know how to finesse the comic moments and make them work.

Monroe receives fine support from Arthur O'Connell as Beau's older, wiser friend Virgil Blessing, but this is her show all the way. She makes it a good movie, but one can't help imagining how much better it could have been had it been directed by someone like Kazan and co-starred possibly Rock Hudson.

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