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BUS STOP(THE WRONG KIND OF GIRL)

Joshua Logan, 1956

Few Marilyn Monroe fans can listen to "That Old Black Magic" without recalling Monroe's tinny, off-key, magically poignant rendition of the standard in BUS STOP. In her energetic and warm portrayal of Cherie, whose dream of Hollywood and Vine is interrupted by the reality of a layover in Phoenix, Monroe exposes her vulnerability without sacrificing any of her radiance--for many viewers, this was the film that proved she could.

During her year-long absence from the screen, Monroe had diligently pursued her craft under the firm hand of theater legend Lee Strasberg, and it shows. William Inge's rowdy play was adapted by George Axelrod (LORD LOVE A DUCK) with delightful results. The play, which unfolded on a single diner set, is skillfully opened out to include a ranch, a dance hall, a rodeo, and scenes of the countryside. The film is further enhanced by some action-packed rodeo sequences.

Academy Award Nomination: Best Supporting Actor - Don Murray

Genre:
Comedy
Color or b/w:
Color
Production Co(s).:
Fox
Released by:
Fox
Running time:
94
Marilyn Monroe
Cherie
Don Murray
Bo
Arthur O'Connell
Virgil
Betty Field
Grace
Eileen Heckart
Vera
Robert Bray
Carl
Hope Lange
Elma
Hans Conried
Life Photographer
Max Showalter (credited as Casey Adams)
Life Reporter
Henry Slate
Manager of Night Club
Terry Kelman
Gerald
Linda Brace
Evelyn
Greta Thyssen
Cover Girl
Helen Mayon
Landlady
Lucille Knox
Blonde

Producer:
Buddy Adler
Director:
Joshua Logan
Writer:
George Axelrod (based on the play by William Inge)
Cinematographer:
Milton Krasner (CinemaScope, DeLuxe Color)
Music Composer:
Alfred Newman
Cyril J. Mockridge

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