Bus Stop (film)
|Directed by||Joshua Logan|
|Produced by||Buddy Adler|
|Written by||George Axelrod
|Music by||Ken Darby
Cyril J. Mockridge
|Cinematography||Milton R. Krasner|
|Editing by||William H. Reynolds|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||96 minutes|
|Box office||$4,250,000 (US rentals)|
Bus Stop is a 1956 film directed by Joshua Logan for 20th Century Fox, starring Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray and Hope Lange. The film was released on August 31, 1956.
Unlike most of Marilyn Monroe's movies, Bus Stop is neither a full-fledged comedy nor a musical, but rather a dramatic piece; it was the first film Marilyn appeared in after studying at the Actors Studio in New York. Monroe does however sing one song: "That Old Black Magic" by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer.
In the 1961–62 season, ABC adapted the play and film into a television series of the same name, Bus Stop starring Marilyn Maxwell as the owner of the bus station and diner. In the segment "Chérie" which most closely follows the film, Tuesday Weld performed the role of Marilyn Monroe, and Gary Lockwood appeared as the Don Murray character.
A naive, rambunctious, overly enthusiastic and socially inept cowboy, Beauregard, and his friend and father-figure Virgil take the bus from Montana to Phoenix, Arizona, to participate in a rodeo. Virgil has encouraged the 21-year-old virgin, "Bo," to take an interest in "girls." Initially reluctant and frightened of the idea, Bo declares that he hopes to find an "angel" and will know her when he sees her. Making trouble everywhere they go, he continues his bad behavior in the Blue Dragon cafe. There he imagines himself in love with the cafe's singer, Chérie, a talentless but ambitious performer from the Ozarks with aspirations of becoming a Hollywood star. Her rendition of "That Old Black Magic" entrances him and he forces her outside, despite the establishment's rules against it, kisses her and thinks that means they're engaged. Cherie is physically attracted to him but resists his plans to take her back to Montana. She has no intention of marrying him and tells him so, but he's too stubborn to listen.
The next day, Bo intends to marry Cherie after the rodeo, but she escapes. He tracks her down, and forces her on the bus back to Montana. On the way, they stop at Grace's Diner, the same place the bus stopped on the way to Phoenix. Cherie tries to make another getaway while Bo is asleep on the bus, but the road ahead is blocked by snow and the bus won't be leaving at all. They're all stranded there. The bus driver, the waitress and the cafe owner by now all have learned that Bo is kidnapping and bullying the girl. Virgil and the bus driver fight him until he promises to apologize to Chérie and leave her alone. He, however, is unable to do so because he's humiliated about having been beaten.
The next morning, the storm has cleared and everybody is free to go. Bo finally apologizes to Cherie for his abusive behavior and begs her forgiveness. He wishes her well and prepares to depart without her. Chérie approaches him and confesses that she's had many boyfriends and is not the kind of woman he thinks she is. Bo confesses his lack of experience to her. Bo asks to kiss her goodbye and they share their first real kiss. All Cherie wanted from a man was respect, which she'd previously told the waitress when they sat together on the bus. This new Bo attracts Cherie. He accepts her past and this gesture touches her heart. She tells him she'll go anywhere with him. Virgil decides to stay behind. When Bo tries to coerce him to go with them, Cherie reminds him that he can't force Virgil to do what he wants. Having finally apparently learned his lesson, Bo offers Cherie his jacket and gallantly helps her onto the bus.
- Marilyn Monroe as Chérie
- Don Murray as Beauregard "Bo" Decker
- Arthur O'Connell as Virgil Blessing
- Betty Field as Grace
- Eileen Heckart as Vera
- Robert Bray as Carl, the bus driver
- Hope Lange as Elma Duckworth
- Hans Conried as Life Magazine Photographer
- Max Showalter as Life Magazine Reporter (billed as Casey Adams)
Don Murray is the only living primary cast member.
Award and honors
Bus Stop received the following award nominations:
- Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – Don Murray
- Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Comedy or Musical – Marilyn Monroe
- Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
- BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer – Don Murray
- DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Motion Picture – Joshua Logan
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p250
- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957
- www.broadway.tv article, "William Inge’s Broadway Demons"
- IMDb.com – Bus Stop – filming locations accessed 2008-04-28
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bus Stop (film).|
- Bus Stop at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Bus Stop at the Internet Movie Database
- Description of the Seeburg Model 146 Jukebox in the Bus Stop