YEAR:  1956

STUDIO:  20th Century Fox

RUNNING TIME:  96 minutes


Available on DVD


"I've been goin' with boys since I was twelve - them Ozarks don't waste much time - and I've been losin' my head about some guy ever since.  Of course I'd like to get married and have a family and all them things...Maybe I don't know what love is.  I want a guy I can look up to and admire.  But I don't want him to browbeat me.  I want a guy who'll be sweet with me.  But I don't want him to baby me, either.  I just gotta feel that whoever I marry has some real regard for me - apart from all that lovin' stuff." - MM as Cherie.

    Film adaptation of William Inge's 1955 Broadway play tells the slight but often poignant story of a simple-minded, naive rodeo cowboy (Don Murray) who goes to the big city in pursuit of an angelic wife to haul back to his ranch. Bus Stop was a pivotal film in the career of Marilyn Monroe. First of all, it contains what is arguably her finest performance. As Murray's would-be angel, a second-rate saloon singer with first-rate aspirations, Marilyn is superb.

My opinion: Well, this is it. My FAVOURITE Marilyn Monroe movie. Marilyn's performance should have won her an Academy Award. This is the one and only time Marilyn trys an accent and it is PERFECT! She is wonderful in this role.  For many years this film was not available on home video because of a dispute with the Inge Estate.  However, last year it was released as a part of the Diamond Collection and is a MUST HAVE!

Reviews:  The New York Times
" Hold onto your chairs, everybody, and get set for a rattling surprise.  Marilyn Monroe has finally proved herself an actress in Bus Stop.  She and the picture are swell."

The Los Angeles Examiner
" This is Marilyn's show, and, my friend, she shows plenty in figure, beauty and talent.  The girl is a terrific comedienne as the bewildered little 'chanteuse' of the honky-tonk circuit.  Her stint at the Actors Studio in New York certainly didn't hurt our girl."