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The Wayward Bus

Directed by Victor Vicas
United States, 1957


A salesman, a lonely stripper, a bourgeois couple and their daughter embark on a bus from Rebel to San Juan. As a storm brings the bus to an unexpected halt half midway, each character faces his or her own shortcomings.

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The Wayward Bus Directed by Victor Vicas

Critics reviews

For myself, I believe that the unexpected charm of certain scenes (the one between Rick Jason and Joan Collins in their room, for instance) comes from what one can call ‘The Hollywood Machine’. It is very worn out and often goes wrong nowadays, but it can still deliver the goods. Which it does here.
March 01, 1958

What are people saying?

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Wayward Bus

    How to talk or write about sex in 1957 in Hollywood when there's the Hays code and censors everywhere. One thing for sure, director Victor Vicas hasn't got a single clue about it. So what's left on the screen is the story of a bus trying to make it to San Juan while it's beginning to rain hard outside and the passengers are getting on the driver's nerves. Already forgotten.

  • Aaken's rating of the film The Wayward Bus

    More like an ensemble picture than a star vehicle for Mansfield, we see a group of people coming to terms with their personal difficulties during a long bus journey. Joan Collins overacts, Dailey is poignant as an ageing salesman, and Mansfield is touching and very convincing in this unglamorous role of a soiled stripper. Nominated at the 1957 Berlin Festival, and a Golden Globe for Mansfield.

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