Bus Stop (1956)

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Though it seems dated now, this film adaptation of William Inge's romantic comedy-drama was considered pretty hot stuff in its day, which was 1956. Directed by Joshua Logan from George Axelrod's script of Inge's Broadway hit, the film stars Marilyn Monroe as the kind of woman who can't understand why she always brings out the worst in men. A singer who has attracted the attention of a young rodeo rider (Don Murray) whom she meets on a bus, she finds herself trapped at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard. The young cowboy, whose intentions are honorable, can't control his temper and can't understand why this experienced woman won't take him seriously--and why she rejects him when he begins acting jealous and possessive. Love takes its lumps but comes out slugging in the end, with Marilyn at her vulnerable, jaded best. --Marshall Fine
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G
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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Cast

Hans Conried
as "Life" Photographer
Hope Lange
as Elma
Betty Field
as Grace
Max Showalter
as "Life" Reporter
Greta Thyssen
as Cover Girl
Budd Buster
as Elderly Passenger
Henry Slate
as Manager
Kate MacKenna
as Elderly Passenger
Casey Adams
as Life Reporter
Mary Carroll
as Cashier
Helen Mayon
as Landlady
Terry Kelman
as Gerald
Linda Brace
as Evelyn
Lucille Knox
as Blonde
Phil J. Much
as Preacher
Kim Katugi Noda
as Japanese Cook
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Critic Reviews for Bus Stop

All Critics (14)

Boorish comedy mingling incompetently with underfed character drama.

Full Review… | July 13, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

I suspect that some viewers will either like the film because of Monroe's performance, or hate it because of Murray's.

Full Review… | July 25, 2013
Movie Metropolis

The Broadway based movie reduces romance to a physical attraction and of never saying I'm sorry for being a male predator.

Full Review… | August 5, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Taming of the Shrew appears oddly depressing when re-imagined as a mid-century hick minstrel show

Full Review… | November 15, 2009
CinePassion

A dramatic departure for Marilyn Monroe, who broadens her acting chops in the role of singer Cherrie.

Full Review… | October 9, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Bus Stop is heavy with the corn syrup and plays today as a relic from a less-evolved epoch, but it works, largely because of Monroe.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Bus Stop

It's time you met a girl. A boy from the country and his uncle catch a bus into the big city for a rodeo competition and to meet a girl. His first night he heads into a bar and instantly falls for the cocktail singer and demands she marries him and moves back to Montana with him. She has a tragic past that she feels makes her unworthy of the wholesome cowboy's love. "I've been going with guys since I was twelve." Joshua Logan, director of South Pacific, Fanny, Tall Story, Camelot, Picnic, Sayonara, Paint Your Wagon, and Ensign Pulver, delivers Bus Stop. The storyline for this picture is very solid and contains a nice blend of romantic comedy with tragic characters. The acting was entertaining and contained Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, and Robert Bray. "If you don't have direction, you just keep going around in circles." I came across this on Netflix and had to add it to my queue after my favorite rottentomatoes reviewer convinced me some time ago to watch more Monroe pictures. She was solid, not perfect in this, but her character was interesting and well written. I recommend watching this once. "I love a good fight." Grade: B+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins
½

It should actually be listed as "inspired by Inge's play", not "based on" since it throws just about everything from the source material out the window. Monroe is uncharacteristically unglamorous for almost the whole movie, which is the only interesting thing about it.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

I saw a stage play version of this before seeing the film. Compared to the bus stop/diner set that the stage play is locked into, this movie spends very little time in the title location. There are major characters cut and a few minor characters added as we witness Cherie's and Bo's roller-coaster relationship. Beauregard 'Bo' Decker (Murray) and his mentor Virgil 'Virge' Blessing (O'Connell) leave their ranch in Montana for a rodeo in the big city of Phoenix. Virge tries to keep Bo focused, but Bo is extremely naive about big city ways. Cherie, the chanteuse, is another great creation for Marilyn Monroe. Monroe proves she knows what she is doing by dumbing down her singing and dancing abilities. Bo instantly falls in love with Cherie and drags her along to watch him win the rodeo. It is interesting to see Cherie realize she is in over her head, rather than just seeing the aftermath at the bus stop. The writing and performances are fun. There are many laughs as Bo thinks he can handle Cherie like he does cattle and Cherie, the dumb blonde, begins to discover a bit of her self-worth. Eventually we arrive and are snowed in at the bus stop. Here Cherie and Bo must sort out their feelings.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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