Bus Stop

1956

Bus Stop

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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

Cast

Hans Conried
as "Life" Photographer
Max Showalter
as "Life" Reporter
Henry Slate
as Manager
Casey Adams
as Life Reporter
Greta Thyssen
as Cover Girl
Helen Mayon
as Landlady
Phil J. Much
as Preacher
Kim Katugi Noda
as Japanese Cook
Kate MacKenna
as Elderly Passenger
Budd Buster
as Elderly Passenger
Mary Carroll
as Cashier
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Critic Reviews for Bus Stop

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Audience Reviews for Bus Stop

  • May 22, 2015
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2011
    Bus Stop is a somewhat entertaining hillybilly love story between Beau, a stubborn, romantically-inexperienced cowboy in town for the rodeo, and Cherie, a showgirl he meets along the way. Love is a foreign concept to Beau, so when he finally finds it, he comes on a little strong, demanding her hand in marriage within twenty four hours. Strangely enough, what makes this classic painful to watch is also the same thing that makes it somewhat watchable. That thing is Marilyn Monroe. I love Monroe, I really do. She was great in her minor role in All About Eve, and she may very well have been the best thing about Some Like It Hot, but it seems evident to me that her acting abilities are (were?) very limited, especially when she attempts to stray away from her ditzy blonde routine. I could tell that she tried hard, but she just couldn't handle that southern accent. However, despite her slightly irritating performance, some how she's still likeable. I think she's the only person that can make an intolerable performance... tolerable. The story itself is only mildly interesting. It has its moments, but for the most part it's melodramatic and predictable. The direction and script are both decent, but not anything to write home about. Bus Stop passes as light entertainment, but isn't anything I'd want to rewatch again. It certainly isn't essential viewing unless you're a diehard Marilyn Monroe fan.
    Brandon W Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2008
    Possibly Monroe's funniest work.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2008
    rather than being musical or simply pretending to be a dunce marilyn actually acted a little bit towards the end which is unusual for her,.. but her lil' bit of acting was good... even though she was the archetypal dunce through the rest of the movie... much like the redneck character whom she marries. er... so it's a light hearted comedy with some top totty in it
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