Bus Stop (1956)


“I just got to feel that whoever I marry has some real regard for me, aside from all that lovin’ stuff.” – Cherie

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A naive young cowboy meets a singer at a bus stop on his way from Montana to Arizona, falls madly in love with her and must find a way to convince her to return to his home with him to be his wife.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never heard of beforehand and was surprised to find it on the list of films where an actor was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars.

The premise seems quite simple and is all about the different views of life and love between people of the city and people of the country back during the 1950’s.

Unfortunately, it feels way too dated and just doesn’t resonate well today as it probably did when it was made over 60 years ago.

Marilyn Monroe is fine as the singer but the film is a spotlight for Don Murray as the naive young cowboy.

He gets a nice lesson in the ways of the world through his encounter and it’s quite eye opening for someone who is so young and innocent.

This film does a nice job showing the way that people perceive themselves and the world around them and how they must react when they see that things are not always as they may seem.

Murray was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting actor for this role despite the fact that he is clearly the lead here.

Bottom Line – Very dated film that just doesn’t work as well today as it probably did 60 years ago. Monroe is fine in the lead but Murray is the standout as the very naive young cowboy who gets a quick lesson as to how the world truly is. They do a nice job showing the way that people perceive themselves and the world around them and how they react when they find out that things are slightly different than they expect. Murray was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for this role even though he truly is the lead here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Don Murray suffered painful facial cuts when Marilyn Monroe overdid a scene in which she had to slap him with the sequined tail of her costume. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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4 thoughts on “Bus Stop (1956)

  1. This one is a stage play that was “opened up” for the movies – but still plays more like a play. I always thought Murray was a bit mannered in his performance – while being directed by Josh Logan – primarily a stage director – and Monroe was good – stretching herself as an actress. This was the first film she made after studying with lee Strasburg at the Actors Studio in NYC.

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