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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.

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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 (89) »

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Most of Marilyn Monroe's delivery of "That Old Black Magic" was captured live on camera without lip-synching - a rarity in those days. See more »

Goofs

The camera lens that the Life photographer uses at the rodeo is too short a focal length for this sporting event. In addition, a mono-pod or tripod would have typically been used with a long lens for sports photography. 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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Crazy Credits

And Introducing / Don Murray See more »

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Referenced in The King of Comedy (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bus Stop Song
(1956)
Written by Ken Darby
Sung in the opening credits off-screen by The Four Lads
Also partially sung by a guitar-playing Arthur O'Connell (uncredited) and the bus passengers
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Why Marilyn is Unforgettable
8 January 2001 | by klaatu-10See all my reviews

The movie itself is mildly OK. However, this movie shows why MM has been so unforgettable to the American public almost 40 years after her death.

Check out two scenes. First, the justifiably famous rendition of "That Old Black Magic" number. Whether acting or if it's the real Marilyn Monroe, she conveys loneliness in front of a packed saloon; the feeling of recognition and appreciation when the Don Murray (Bo)character berates the patrons to show respect to her while she sings; and the out-and-out sexiness of her when she is lit up in red flames. Wow!!

The second scene is near the end when, standing out in the cold, Bo offers her his coat. The look on her face when she realizes that someone, maybe for the first time, is there to look after her and take care of her is absolutely moving. Again we can see the real Marilyn in the character. She so desperately looked for love and acceptance all through her life.

This is not a great movie. It is a great showcase for one of the most

remarkable personalities in movie history.


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