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Bus Stop (1956)

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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.

Director:

Joshua Logan

Writers:

George Axelrod (screenplay), William Inge (based on the play by)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band ... Themselves
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Storyline

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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arizona | cowboy | montana | rodeo | virgin | See All (88) »

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The coming of age of Bo Decker...and the girl who made him a man! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1956 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wrong Kind of Girl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,270,000, 31 December 1956
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

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 Strasberg, in Picnic (1956), 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 »

Goofs

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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And Introducing / Don Murray See more »

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The Right Kind
(1948) (uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Don George and Charles Henderson
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OK but obnoxious
13 June 2004 | by kclaSee all my reviews

The movie is based on a play that I haven't read so maybe I'm missing some of the subtext but as pure entertainment I wouldn't recommend this movie. The characters aren't well-defined and are little more than stereotypes, e.g. Grace, the sassy diner waitress, Cherie, the showgirl with a heart of gold. Marilyn Monroe plays the same type of character that she more or less played for her entire career, but she does it very well; she and Hope Lange provide the only good performances. Don Murray's unsophisticated cowboy was so obnoxious he practically ruined any enjoyment to be had from the movie. The supporting players are decent but that's all. It's a shame, this movie could have been pretty good if they had made one or two different casting decisions.


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