Adapted from a play by William Inge, the film Bus Stop provides Marilyn Monroe with her first starring dramatic role and she makes the most of it. She plays Cherie, a singer at a bar in Phoenix, whose path crosses that of young cowboy, Bo Decker, in town for the rodeo. In fact, it’s Bo’s first trip off his ranch in Montana and he’s got it in his head that if he meets the right girl, he’ll marry her and carry her off to Montana. Bo decides that Cherie is the right girl. Cherie, of course, has something to say about that. The story reaches its climax in a bus stop where the principals all become stranded during a snow storm. —DVDverdict.com
Primarily a man of the theater, Joshua Logan fashioned a brilliant career as a writer, producer and director and was that uncommon phenomenon, the theatrical director whose success extended into films. He was also notable for his candor in discussing manic depression, a condition for which he required hospitalization on two occasions before discovering he could control it with the drug lithium carbonate. When discussing his illness, he made it quite clear that its manic phase contributed to his creativity: “Without my illness . . . I would have missed the sharpest, rarest and, yes, the sweetest moments of my existence.”
Logan entered Princeton University in 1927 because of its Triangle Club that toured the country and became its president during his senior year. He co-wrote and acted in the annual university reviews from 1928-30 but did not graduate, leaving instead to study on scholarship with Stanislavsky and the Moscow Arts Theatre. During his collegiate days, he co-founded… read more
I actually love Monroe's performance in this and feel like this is an unrecognized great role that should have had her get awards. I love me some William Inge soapy dramas but the character of Bo is an obnoxious one and his toxic relationship with Monroe's Cherie borders on Stockholm Syndrome that Don Murray does not really fix in his portrayal.