Bus Stop Reviews

  • Jul 21, 2020

    Incredibly dated and not at all entertaining.

    Incredibly dated and not at all entertaining.

  • May 31, 2020

    Monroe shines in this basic movie this movie is nothing to write home about but with some good performances and the charm of its star that bump it up from just been good.

    Monroe shines in this basic movie this movie is nothing to write home about but with some good performances and the charm of its star that bump it up from just been good.

  • Feb 06, 2020

    GREAT movie ,one of Marilyn Best!

    GREAT movie ,one of Marilyn Best!

  • Feb 04, 2020

    Director : Joshua Logan. Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Hope Lange, Hans Conried, Casey Adams. The film that finally proved Monroe really could act; She is absolutely tremendous. Excellent comedy-drama about innocent cowboy (Murray) who falls for saloon singer and decides to marry her-- without bothering to ask. Fine performances by all, with MM's famed rendition of (That Old) Black Magic" a highlight; adapted by George Axelrod from the William Inge play. Film debuts of Murray and Lange (who subsequently married). Nominee Oscar, Best Actor in a Supporting Role Don Murray. This picture marked Marilyn Monroe's return to the screen after a one-year absence. Monroe was dissatisfied with the roles that Twentieth-Century Fox assigned to her, and left Hollywood after completing The Seven Year Itch (see below). Suspended by the studio, she moved to New York where she enrolled in the Actors Studio, under the tutelage of famed acting teachers Lee and Paula Strasberg, according to a September 1956 article in Cue. After announcing the formation of Marilyn Monroe Productions, Monroe finally came to terms with Fox when the studio offered her a lucrative contract that granted her approval over directors, according to a May 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item. Bus Stop was the first picture of Monroe's new seven-year contract. Nominee Oscar, Best Actor in a Supporting Role Don Murray. Many of the reviews commented that Monroe's New York experience had greatly improved her acting ability. The Hollywood Reporter review noted that her performance had "been augmented by a sensitivity, poignancy and apparent understanding that Miss Monroe did not display before." An October 1955 Variety news item noted that producer Buddy Adler initially wanted Montgomery Clift to play the role of "Bo." Don Murray made his screen debut in the picture and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Bo. The picture also marked the screen debut of Hope Lange (1931-2003), who married Murray during the film's production. Although a Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Steffi Sidney was cast as a rodeo fan, her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Other Hollywood Reporter news items noted that the rodeo sequence was filmed on location in Phoenix, AZ during the JAYCEE World Championship rodeo, and that the exteriors for the diner scenes were shot in Sun Valley, ID. Although a July 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item stated that dramatist William Inge sued to restrain exhibition of the film until after December 1, 1956, when all the first class stage productions of his play would be closed, that suit failed and the film opened in August 1956. From 1961 to 1962, ABC television broadcast a television series entitled Bus Stop, loosely based on Inge's play, starring Marilyn Maxwell, Rhodes Reason and Richard Anderson.

    Director : Joshua Logan. Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Hope Lange, Hans Conried, Casey Adams. The film that finally proved Monroe really could act; She is absolutely tremendous. Excellent comedy-drama about innocent cowboy (Murray) who falls for saloon singer and decides to marry her-- without bothering to ask. Fine performances by all, with MM's famed rendition of (That Old) Black Magic" a highlight; adapted by George Axelrod from the William Inge play. Film debuts of Murray and Lange (who subsequently married). Nominee Oscar, Best Actor in a Supporting Role Don Murray. This picture marked Marilyn Monroe's return to the screen after a one-year absence. Monroe was dissatisfied with the roles that Twentieth-Century Fox assigned to her, and left Hollywood after completing The Seven Year Itch (see below). Suspended by the studio, she moved to New York where she enrolled in the Actors Studio, under the tutelage of famed acting teachers Lee and Paula Strasberg, according to a September 1956 article in Cue. After announcing the formation of Marilyn Monroe Productions, Monroe finally came to terms with Fox when the studio offered her a lucrative contract that granted her approval over directors, according to a May 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item. Bus Stop was the first picture of Monroe's new seven-year contract. Nominee Oscar, Best Actor in a Supporting Role Don Murray. Many of the reviews commented that Monroe's New York experience had greatly improved her acting ability. The Hollywood Reporter review noted that her performance had "been augmented by a sensitivity, poignancy and apparent understanding that Miss Monroe did not display before." An October 1955 Variety news item noted that producer Buddy Adler initially wanted Montgomery Clift to play the role of "Bo." Don Murray made his screen debut in the picture and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Bo. The picture also marked the screen debut of Hope Lange (1931-2003), who married Murray during the film's production. Although a Hollywood Reporter news item reported that Steffi Sidney was cast as a rodeo fan, her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Other Hollywood Reporter news items noted that the rodeo sequence was filmed on location in Phoenix, AZ during the JAYCEE World Championship rodeo, and that the exteriors for the diner scenes were shot in Sun Valley, ID. Although a July 1956 Hollywood Reporter news item stated that dramatist William Inge sued to restrain exhibition of the film until after December 1, 1956, when all the first class stage productions of his play would be closed, that suit failed and the film opened in August 1956. From 1961 to 1962, ABC television broadcast a television series entitled Bus Stop, loosely based on Inge's play, starring Marilyn Maxwell, Rhodes Reason and Richard Anderson.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    One of Marilyn's BEST dramatic performances. It's a essential piece of film.

    One of Marilyn's BEST dramatic performances. It's a essential piece of film.

  • Apr 14, 2019

    The story line is ridiculous and the two main protagonists are stupid and annoying.

    The story line is ridiculous and the two main protagonists are stupid and annoying.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    The best comedy romance movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung (?): That Old Black Magic!

    The best comedy romance movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung (?): That Old Black Magic!

  • Jun 19, 2018

    I'm surprised that this film still holds such affection for some. I've been interested in seeing it for awhile so I finally sat down and watched it. What a disappointment. The entire premise is shockingly contrived. The only reason that this couple should be together is because the screenplay says so. Are we really expected to believe that true love found them given the manipulation and bullying and even criminality that went into it? As the film goes on it does improve a bit. The downright annoying performances from Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray do mellow a bit and the tone gets less frantic...but, sorry, not enough to save this from the damage that has already been done.

    I'm surprised that this film still holds such affection for some. I've been interested in seeing it for awhile so I finally sat down and watched it. What a disappointment. The entire premise is shockingly contrived. The only reason that this couple should be together is because the screenplay says so. Are we really expected to believe that true love found them given the manipulation and bullying and even criminality that went into it? As the film goes on it does improve a bit. The downright annoying performances from Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray do mellow a bit and the tone gets less frantic...but, sorry, not enough to save this from the damage that has already been done.

  • Mar 18, 2018

    best acting perfomance by legend marilyn monroe

    best acting perfomance by legend marilyn monroe

  • Mar 16, 2016

    In her prime, which because of her death at any early age was all of her cinematic life, Monroe was a gorgeous force of nature very much underappreciated in her thespianism. Once I adjusted to Logan's directional style and to the rodeo and fish-out-of-water concepts, I really laid back and enjoyed this. Though it doesn't feature Marilyn's best singing--she portrays a bad singer, at least at the start--it does have some of her best acting, as she finds out she's accepted for who she really is. Wish that had happened to her in real life. Don't get me wrong: it's not by any stretch of the imagination a great film. Yet neither is it the mediocrity other people tend to say it is.

    In her prime, which because of her death at any early age was all of her cinematic life, Monroe was a gorgeous force of nature very much underappreciated in her thespianism. Once I adjusted to Logan's directional style and to the rodeo and fish-out-of-water concepts, I really laid back and enjoyed this. Though it doesn't feature Marilyn's best singing--she portrays a bad singer, at least at the start--it does have some of her best acting, as she finds out she's accepted for who she really is. Wish that had happened to her in real life. Don't get me wrong: it's not by any stretch of the imagination a great film. Yet neither is it the mediocrity other people tend to say it is.