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The Wayward Bus (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 May 1957 (USA)
Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield and Dan Dailey star in this engaging drama based on a novel by John Steinbeck. Three strangers - a stripper (Mansfield), an alcoholic wife (Collins) and a ... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Vicas

Writers:

Ivan Moffat, John Steinbeck (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Collins ... Alice Chicoy
Jayne Mansfield ... Camille Oakes
Dan Dailey ... Ernest Horton
Rick Jason ... Johnny Chicoy
Betty Lou Keim ... Norma , the counter girl
Dolores Michaels ... Mildred Pritchard
Larry Keating ... Elliott Pritchard
Robert Bray ... Morse
Kathryn Givney ... Mrs. Elliott (Bernice) Pritchard
Dee Pollock ... Ed 'Pimples' Carson (as Dee Pollack)
Will Wright ... Van Brunt
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Storyline

Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield and Dan Dailey star in this engaging drama based on a novel by John Steinbeck. Three strangers - a stripper (Mansfield), an alcoholic wife (Collins) and a traveling salesman (Dailey) - embark on a life-changing journey on a fateful bus ride. As the road presents challenges, each character faces his or her own shortcomings, not knowing where life will lead next. Written by Anonymous

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The Steinbeck people! The Steinbeck passions! The Steinbeck power!

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ask otobüsü See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally planned as a vehicle for Marlon Brando, to be directed by Henry Hathaway. See more »

Quotes

Ed 'Pimples' Carson: Piece of chocolate cake, please
Norma , the counter girl: Cake for breakfast? I bet Mr Robert Wagner doesn't start his day wolfing down chocolate cake.
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Connections

Referenced in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) See more »

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Rolling Soap Opera with a Few Thrills
1 May 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Starting from a backwater bus stop, a load of assorted passengers and their hunky driver have to negotiate terrible road conditions, while dealing with personal problems along the way.

Catch that bus. No wonder it's "wayward". Looks like it was bought at a junk yard sale, but, hey, it proves to be a real trouper. Chicoy (Jason) is the driver and he's got to get his assorted passengers to their destination, come heck or high water, both of which make a scary appearance. Meanwhile, the passengers have to pair up or straighten out, meaning the bus journey is not just literal but symbolic of personal discoveries. That may not be an original plot device, but the road effects are really well done. One thing for sure, except for Mansfield the film has a really drab look to it. Even the usually glamorous Collins is dressed down. Speaking of Collins, she's the only one to go over- the-top amongst a generally well-acted storyline. Going in, I thought this would be a Mansfield showcase, but it's not. She's just one of the passengers with her own personal difficulties to get straight. In fact, her budding romance with an aging Dailey is rather poignant. All in all, the movie adds up a decent time-passer with a few thrills and some non-sappy soap opera to carry the narrative.


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