Total Film - 08/01/2013
"BUS STOP's down-on-her-luck wannabe [embodies] the sizzle and sadness that underpinned her bombshell persona."
Based on the Broadway hit by William Inge, this comic drama is about a rancher who falls for a nightclub singer while stranded at a bus stop in a blizzard. Monroe's dramatic breakthrough movie and the first films from Lange and Murray, who eventually married. Academy Award Nominations: Best Actor--Don Murray.
Based on the William Inge play, "Bus Stop" concerns Bo, a young, obnoxious rancher, who has just arrived in Phoenix to compete in a rodeo. While in a rowdy, cowboy-infested restaurant, he becomes smitten with Cherie, an over-the-hill but still sexy saloon singer. Soon after meeting her, the immature Bo decides he's ready to wed his new love; unfortunately for him, she is not at all interested. As a result, the pair engages in an emotional -- and physical -- battle for Cherie's mind, body and soul.
Film debuts for both Don Murray and Hope Lange.
Color by DeLuxe.
Kim Stanley played the role of Cherie in the stage version.
Additional cast: Henry Slate (Manager of Nightclub); Terry Kelman (Gerald); Linda Brace (Evelyn); Helen Mayon (Landlady); and Lucille Knox (Blonde).
Additional credit: The Four Lads (song performers).