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Bus Stop -- Based on the Broadway hit by William Inge, this comic drama is about a rancher who falls for a nightclub singer while stranded at a bus stop in a blizzard.
Bus Stop -- Open-ended Trailer from 20th Century Fox


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George Axelrod (screenplay)
William Inge (based on the play by)
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Release Date:
20 September 1956 (Argentina) See more »
The coming of age of Bo Decker...and the girl who made him a man! See more »
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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"I almost married a cousin of mine when I was 14, but Pappy wouldn't have it!" (Cherie) See more (94 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marilyn Monroe ... Chérie

Don Murray ... Beauregard 'Bo' 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:
Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band ... Themselves
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)
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | 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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Marilyn Monroe's badly needed champion on the film was her director. Joshua Logan, who had studied with Stanislavsky in Russia, understood the needs of actors using "the Method" and had come to adore Marilyn's talent and to respect her native intelligence. "She made directing worthwhile," he said later. "She had such fascinating things happen to her face and skin and hair and body as she read lines, that she was... inspiring." Logan involved his star in script discussions and supported her efforts to "find" Cherie through experiments with makeup, costuming, hairstyles and - above all - intense identification with her character. By allowing the cameras to continue rolling, he gave Monroe every opportunity to find continuity in her role, and listened carefully when she made suggestions about her blocking and camera angles on this, her 24th film. As a friend of the Strasbergs who had directed their daughter, Susan, in _Picnic_, he was tolerant of Paula Strasberg's presence and constant influence on Monroe's performance. He did, however, insist that she not be on the sets during actual rehearsals or filming.See more »
Continuity: 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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What is 'Bus Stop' about?
Does the entire movie take place at a Bus Stop?
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21 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
"I almost married a cousin of mine when I was 14, but Pappy wouldn't have it!" (Cherie), 5 October 2001
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

"Bus Stop" is named for the setting of the last half-hour of this film, the bus stop in the snow, somewhere in Wyoming, where Beau finally gets his 'comeuppance', right before he and Cherie reconcile. If this movie had not been made in 1956, but instead in modern times, it would have received a very laughable reception. As it is, I consider it a cult classic in the genre of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", so horrible and fake are the characters and the dialog.

However, Marilyn Monroe, in her 26th film, playing a simple showgirl from Arkansas, does very well with her role. Don Murray as "Beau", in his very first film, is so obnoxious that by the time he apologises for his bad behavior, we no longer care about him, and "Cherie's" accepting him just doesn't make sense. Hope Lange has a small part as "Elma" on the bus, in this her first film. She and Murray married afterward in real life, but it didn't last. Murray made a number of other films, including the father in "Quarterback Princess" in 1983 with Helen Hunt.

The reason to see this film is Marilyn Monroe in her prime, almost 30, and only 6 years from her death. The story, of the possessive cowboy who decides to marry Cherie and haul her away to his ranch in Montana, is pretty simple and pretty implausible. The scene in the bus stop, where he finally kisses her "for serious", was also featured in an episode of Northern Exposure, with Chris playing Beau and Maggie playing Cherie, for a community theater production they were rehearsing for.

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