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.
Monroe is good and I'm a sucker for Cinemascope, but this film is rather disturbing. The first hour is played for laughs even though our young, dumb, possibly inbred cowboy always seems to be no more than two minutes away from raping Chérie, who rapidly develops Stockholm syndrome after being kidnapped by him. The tone and plotting feel entirely inappropriate.