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Wayward Bus [Blu-ray]

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LANGUAGE: English. VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1. AUDIO: English DTS-HD MA MONO. 1957 / B & W. 89 MINUTES. NOT RATED. REGION FREE. Limited Edition of 3,000 Units. Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historians Alain Silver and James Ursini / Original Theatrical Trailer . Exclusive distribution for Twilight Time provided by Screen Archives Entertainment.

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  • Actors: Jayne Mansfield, Dan Dailey, Joan Collins
  • Directors: Victor Vicas
  • Format: Limited Edition, Blu-ray
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Twilight Time
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008DXPLAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is by my opinion Jayne Mansfield's best acting in a film. She plays an ex-stripper trying to make an honest life for herself, and while on her journey to Mexico falls in love with Dan Dailey. She wears nothing revealing or flattering to her figure, and this is one of the few movies she uses her actual voice, not the dumb blonde coo and squeal voice. Joan Collins is the same age as Mansfield, but is playing a character at least ten years older. She doesnt wear any make-up and looks horrible through most of the film as a bus stop owning alcoholic-shrew, married to beautiful Rick Jason. It is very well acted by all, with an honest 1950's approach to John Steinbeck's Tawdry story. When it becomes available, dont think twice, Just buy it!! You wont be disappointed!
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Based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, THE WAYWARD BUS (20th Century Fox, 1957) is one of those worthwhile films that gets unjustly overlooked because of its modest production. It's also relatively unknown today because it rarely gets played, even on stations like TCM. This is a shame, as it really is a fine film with an intimate, character driven story, excellent direction, vivid performances and great black and white cinematography. It's also a fitting showcase for the underrated acting talents of the era's other famous blonde bombshell, Jayne Mansfield.

The film is quite faithful to Steinbeck's novel about a group of travelers on a bus trip from the remote California town of Rebel Corners to San Juan, and the various perils and personal conflicts they encounter along the way. Although it was directed by the virtually inexperienced Victor Vicas, THE WAYWARD BUS looks like it was helmed by a pro who really knows his craft. The composition of people and objects within the frame shows a deft handling of Cinemascope's wide aspect ratio. Despite the low budget, scenes involving a rockslide, a raging storm and a hazardous bridge crossing that combines miniatures, process photography and live action are neatly pulled off.

What keeps the movie riding along is the offbeat, human drama played out by all the characters. Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield and Dan Dailey share billing above the title and they deliver solid performances that rank among their very best. The put upon bus driver is well played by newcomer Rick Jason in a role originally intended for Marlon Brando.
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The Wayward Bus is the most satisfying film Jayne Mansfield ever starred in. The whole cast rises to high levels of acting, showing that, given the chance to tackle great material these actors are superb! What talent 20th Century Fox threw away!

Get this whenever it comes out on DVD. An electrifying film.
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Originally intended as a Marlon Brando-Henry Hathaway vehicle (the script even retains a joke about Brando), The Wayward Bus is one of those ensemble dramas that’s part-Stagecoach without the Indians and part-disaster movie where the character scenes are more important than the various disasters – mud slide, collapsing flooded bridges, failing brakes – that befall Rick Jason’s rundown bus. With Brando out of the picture, Fox evidently opted to save some money on the cast, with novelist John Steinbeck getting more prominent above the title billing than Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield or Dan Dailey (well, it was, surprisingly, his biggest selling novel in his lifetime). The two Js are clearly going for a bit of career credibility, Collins appearing with little makeup as the money-grabbing, selfish and greedy roadside café-owning wife that Jason still loves because nobody else does while Mansfield, presumably hoping for a Bus Stop of her very own, is rather more cast-to-type as a stripper on the convention circuit who never married because all the right guys had the wrong ideas but falls for travelling salesman Dan Dailey’s line of patter, all too aware of how long their relationship will last if he finds out how she earns her living. Also along for the bumpy ride are star-struck waitress Betty Lou Keim, Dee Pollack’s teenage handyman, Will Wright’s parsimonious grouch and Larry Keating and Kathryn Givney’s Mr and Mrs Middle America and their nymphomaniac daughter Dolores Michaels.

Everyone in the film is driven by lust, but this being 1957 that means more innuendo than action, and what action Jason gets is kept offscreen and implied.
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A motley group of passengers travel in a rundown bus from a small bus stop town called Rebel Corners to San Juan De La Cruz, another small town but with a mission that attracts tourists. The journey proves quite intense, both physically (landslides, floods) and emotionally (romance and conflict). Based on a lesser John Steinbeck novel, the film plays out like one of those 1970s disaster films: a group of disparate characters are thrown together as fate toys with them and by the end of the journey, they've all learned a lesson. The execution is rather trite and, as written, the script doesn't deal a fair hand to its cast. The 23 year old Joan Collins looking quite lovely is hopelessly miscast. Clearly, the role was written for an older woman (probably late 30s) whose looks are fading and has turned to booze. The part cries out for a Jan Sterling or Ann Sothern. Jayne Mansfield as a stripper involved in a tabloid scandal surprisingly gives the film's best performance. The film could have used more grit instead of polish. Directed by Victor Vicas, a Russian director who worked principally in Europe. Also in the cast: Dan Dailey, Dolores Michaels, Rick Jason, Kathryn Givney, Robert Bray and Larry Keating.

The Twilight Time DVD (a blu ray only) is a handsome pristine anamorphic B&W wide screen (2.35) transfer.
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