Bus Riley's Back in Town (1965)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  3 September 1965 (West Germany)
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A young sailor returns home to discover his girl has married an older, wealthy man.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bus Riley
Mrs. Riley
Crahan Denton ...
Brett Somers ...
Mrs. Nichols
Lisabeth Hush ...
Mrs. Spencer
Chet Stratton ...


A young man returns home after a three year tour of duty in the navy only to find things are somewhat different from when he left. His kid sister has grown into a young woman, the job he thought was waiting for him turns out to have some unique conditions, and perhaps most importantly his former sweetheart has married a wealthy and much older man. Disillusioned, he drifts from job to job while trying hard to avoid the advances of his former girlfriend, who is unhappy in her marriage and longs for something extra. While all he wants to do is make something of his life, his will power will be put to the ultimate test. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Her wedding band was the only thing she didn't abandon!




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3 September 1965 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Amargo retorno  »

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The TWA Convair 880 seen in the film, tail number N820TW, was later destroyed during a pilot training exercise on 13 September 1965 at the Kansas City airport. See more »


Referenced in Wonder Boys (2000) See more »


Got a Surfboard Ten Feet Long
Music by Richard Markowitz
Lyrics by Jacques Wilson
Sung by Dobie Gray
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Attempts to uncover small town scandals, but film is a mere whimper
11 April 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Writer William Inge took his name off the credits for this Ann-Margret/Michael Parks dud about serviceman returning home to family and friends, only to find everything has changed while he's been away. The screenplay, now credited to Walter Gage, hints at provocative themes (an older gentleman whom Parks sees about a job actually comes on to him, eyebrow-raising for 1965!), but the characters don't make much sense. Ann-Margret does everything she can to bring life to the proverbial ex-girlfriend role, but her Laurel is an unconvincing, mercurial concoction--you cannot get a grip on this woman--and A-M has no choice but to fall back on her patented sultriness. A slight, watchable movie with bad editing and drab cinematography, however it's a curious attempt at modernizing a "Picnic"-like scenario. ** from ****

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