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Today, we often see actors starring in movies that require them to speak with a certain accent, and their accents come-and-go during the movie. You wont find that here. Marilyn's hillbilly accent remains throughout the film, and it's a very realistic one. Initially, Marilyn's costume was an expensive getup created by the studio, but she herself went to a second-hand shop and found an outfit that she believed her character would actually wear. And, she agreed that she should wear the white, chalky make-up that she does in the film, as her character is one who sleeps during the day (never sees sunlight) and works at night.
Marilyn displays a wide range of emotions in this film--happiness, sexiness, sadness, excitement, and downright anger--and we feel every one of them. I dont think any other actress could have done a better job in the role.
The entire cast is excellent as well. The role of "Grace" is a scene-stealer!
Marilyn Monroe's superb performance as an Ozark Mountain gal working her way due west to Hollywood is compromised by a single script flaw. Off-key saloon singer 'Cherie' has for a couple of days been terrorized by yahooing Montana cowboy 'Bo' Decker (Murray), who blew into Phoenix to appear in a rodeo. After just meeting Cherie, Bo loudly insists she will marry him and live on his ranch. He even kidnaps the poor girl at the bus station when she tries to get away from him.
They arrive at Grace's remote Rocky Mountain diner (an "official" bus stop) in a blizzard. Cherie begs all who will listen to free her from her captor. Carl (Bray), the chivalrous bus driver that considers himself captain of his ship, challenges Bo to a fistfight. They go at it in the storm and Carl whales the tar out of Bo, who eventually gives up when he's caught in an unbreakable wrestling hold.
Cherie first watches their fight from inside Grace's and then goes in the cold to beg the two men to stop. Her dread of Bo has suddenly turned to sympathy at the sight of him getting beaten. When Bo, as preface to saying goodbye the next morning, apologizes for scaring heck out of her, ordering her around and abducting her, Cherie melts like an ice cube in a hot frying pan and coos that "I would go anywhere with you now."
Shrinks would have a field day analyzing the behavior of these two. What sort of message did this send in 1956 to young women seeing the film with a date?Read more ›
This film is quite possibly horrifying. Don't get me wrong, this was well acted & at times this was pretty cute (the "oh, HONey..." scenes are my favorite). It's just that the over-reacting by Bo was just horrifying. Initially his reaction could be seen as cute or comedic but as the film progresses his actions became increasingly over the top to the point where it could be seen as abusive in many different ways.
I think I finally stopped rooting for Bo & Cherie when he started shouting at her in the bus stop & manhandling her in an attempt to force her to do what he wanted. There just wasn't any way of sugarcoating his actions at that point. (I kept getting visions of him marrying her & later treating her the same way, possibly getting more abusive.) This film just needed more give & take to the interactions between them. It would also have been nice if there had been more softness shown to Bo throughout the film. Rather than showing him to be a guy with no social graces he just came across as a bully.
I think where the film failed to hook me is that it tried too hard to walk the line between romantic comedy & drama. Instead of choosing one or the other it went halfway & didn't really fully accomplish either. I've heard that the source material came from two different plays (with the actual Bus Stop being quite dark indeed), so I think this was just a case of trying too hard to please two different camps.
This wasn't an overall bad film but it just fell short of what it could have been. The ending was sweet but it just didn't ring true with all of what came before it.
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I really like the old Hollywood movies from the the 1950s and early 1960s.
Having Amazon Prime allows me to see some of the old Marilyn Monroe
movies that I would not... Read more
Top notch cast--great, entertainng film--classic Marilyn Monroe!!!Published 2 months ago by midge54
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