BUS STOP (1956) C widescreen 94m dir: Joshua Logan
w/Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen, Heckart, Robert Bray, Hope Lange, Hans Conried, Max Showalter, Henry Slate
Story of the romance between a galoot of a cowboy (Murray) and an untalented club singer (Monroe).
From The Movie Guide: "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 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 act. ...
"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 dance hall, a rodeo, and scenes of the countryside. The film is further enhanced by some action-packed rodeo sequences."
Don Murray was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this, his film debut.