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on 15 December 2013
BUS STOP [1956] [Blu-ray] Give This Cowboy Enough Rope and He’ll Land Marilyn Monroe!

Marilyn Monroe gives an acclaimed performance in the romantic classic directed by Joshua Logan that features Don Murray in his Oscar® Nominated role. When Beauregard "Bo" Decker [Don Murray], a naïve rodeo rider, meets saloon performer Chérie [Marilyn Monroe], he falls head over boots in love. After he literally lassoes Chérie onto a bus headed for Montana, where he plans to marry her, Chérie escapes off the bus smack in the middle of a snowstorm. But if Beauregard "Bo" Decker can learn to rein in his emotions, he might convince Chérie to warm up to him in this rewarding film.

FILM FACT: Award Nominations: 1957 British Academy Film Awards: Nominated: Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles for Don Murray. 1957 Directors Guild of America Award: Nominated: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures for Joshua Logan. 1957 Golden Globe® Awards: Nominated: Best Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy for ‘Bus Stop.’ Nominated: Best Actress in a Motion Picture for Comedy or Musical for Marilyn Monroe. 1957 Academy Awards®: Nominated: Best Supporting Actor for Don Murray. The film was shot in Idaho and Arizona.

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray, Hope Lange, Hans Conried, Max Showalter, J.M. Dunlap (uncredited), Ed Fury (uncredited), Buddy Heaton (uncredited), Fay L. Ivor (uncredited), Richard Culvert Johnson (uncredited), Lucille Knox (uncredited), Pete Logan (uncredited), Jack Martin (uncredited), David McMahon (uncredited), Phil J. Munch (uncredited), Jim Katugi Noda (uncredited), James O'Rear (uncredited), Wilbur Plaugher (uncredited), Edward G. Robinson Jr. (uncredited), William Schub (uncredited), George Selk (uncredited), Henry Slate (uncredited), Bill Stanberry (uncredited), Greta Thyssen (uncredited), Casey Tibbs (uncredited), Andy Womack (uncredited) and Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band

Director: Joshua Logan

Producer: Buddy Adler

Screenplay: George Axelrod and William Inge (based on the play by)

Composers: Alfred Newman, Cyril J. Mockridge, Ken Darby and Lionel Newman

Cinematography: Milton R. Krasner

Video Resolution: 1080p [Color by Deluxe]

Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1 [CinemaScope]

Audio: English: 4.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, French: 4.0 DTS-HD, Castellano: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, German: 4.0 DTS-HD, Italian: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, Thai: 2.0 Dolby Digital and Turkish: 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Cantonese, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Mandarin (Traditional), Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Thai and Turkish

Running Time: 96 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: 'Bus Stop' marked a turning point in the career of Marilyn Monroe, at last allowing the iconic blonde the chance to spread her wings and test the waters as a bona fide actress. Her enthusiasm and dedication to her craft are evident in every frame of director Joshua Logan's liberal adaptation of the hit William Inge play, which through no fault of Marilyn Monroe never quite lives up to expectations. Sweet and tender one moment and grating and tedious the next, the film tells its flimsy tale in a pedestrian fashion, wisely favouring character over plot. A host of memorable moments, most of them subtle yet wonderfully affecting, are contained within, but can't lift the film to the level to which it ultimately aspires.

As Marilyn's Monroe's popularity skyrocketed during the early 1950s, the sexy star grew tired of the vapid roles she was arbitrarily assigned in comedies and musicals, and repeatedly petitioned 20th Century Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck for more challenging and colourful parts...without success. Following the success of 'The Seven Year Itch,' Marilyn Monroe refused to play another ditzy dame in the idiotic “How To Be Very, Very Popular” and happily went on suspension, trading the Hollywood hurly-burly for a quieter existence in New York City and much-publicised stint at the famed Actor's Studio, home to such acclaimed Method actors as Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift. She returned to 20th Century Fox after months of diligent study, and with a new, lucrative contract in hand, to make 'Bus Stop,' the first film mounted in part by her own production company.

The vehicle is a good fit, as it taps into elements of Marilyn Monroe's own personality, allowing her to draw from her own experience, even if the far-fetched story never really rings true. The trite tale follows naïve cowhand Beauregard "Bo" Decker [Don Murray] in his film debut and his relentless pursuit of Chérie [Marilyn Monroe], a third-rate bar singer with starry-eyed dreams of Hollywood success. While in Phoenix for a national rodeo competition, the 21-year-old Bo is bewitched by the sexy chanteuse's ragged rendition of “That Old Black Magic” as well as her beautiful face and curvaceous figure and calls the flattered Chérie his "angel." But what seems to Chérie like a sweet puppy-dog crush soon evolves into a full-blown obsession, as the hyperactive, delusional, often obnoxious Beauregard 'Bo' Decker stalks, and then literally lassos his lady love, hoping to browbeat her into marrying him. "You have a terrible habit of overdoin' everything!" Beauregard 'Bo' Decker's devoted pal and father figure Virgil Blessing [Arthur O'Connell] screams at him, but Bo won't listen, and when his brutish tactics backfire, he and Chérie lock horns at a remote bus stop diner halfway between Arizona and Bo's Montana ranch. Whether Chérie escapes Beauregard 'Bo' Decker's clutches or succumbs to his charms forms the basis of the simple plot.

Adapted by George Axelrod, who wrote “The Seven Year Itch” and 'Bus Stop' nicely juxtaposes the raging hormones and impulsive, immature attitude of a wild young buck against the jaded disillusionment and vulnerability of his sensitive doe. As the film's trailer touts, Beauregard 'Bo' Decker knows absolutely nothing about women, while Chérie knows far too much about men. Finding common ground is difficult, and as Chérie thoughtfully confides to her traveling companion, Elma Duckworth [Hope Lange], also making her film debut, "I've just gotta feel that whoever I marry has some real regard for me...aside from all that lovin' stuff." It's a line that surely mirrored Marilyn Monroe's attitude about her own life, just as Chérie mirrors Marilyn Monroe herself in many respects, a woman whom men treat as an object; whose body is valued far more than her mind; and who doggedly seeks respect and validation from the establishment. Chérie believes she'll "get treated with a little respect" in Hollywood, a fact Marilyn Monroe by this time knew all too well not to be true. Such similarities add extra poignancy and bitter irony to Marilyn Monroe's performance, lofting it high above many of her other portrayals.

And while her sensitivity and vulnerability grab the spotlight, Marilyn Monroe is too smart to completely subdue her overt sexuality. In the scene where Beauregard 'Bo' Decker barges into her bedroom, she's obviously naked under the covers, just as she was in 'Niagara' three years earlier, and her rendition of “That Old Black Magic” brims with flirty abandon. In fact, a sultry air permeates the entire film, which treats the subject of sex with a refreshing frankness, especially for the mid-1950s. Shots of Beauregard 'Bo' Decker frolicking in the bathtub and admiring his shirtless physique in the mirror, as well as the subplot involving the diner owner, Grace [Betty Field], and her casual physical relationship with the transient bus driver Carl [Robert Bray] further spice up the film and nicely balance Marilyn Monroe's allure.

Joshua Logan also employs extreme close-ups to great effect late in the picture, heightening dramatic impact and the intensity of emotion between Chérie and Beauregard 'Bo' Decker. Yet how hard as the film tries, the romance between these two attractive characters strains credulity. I've never seen or read the stage version of 'Bus Stop,' but I can't help but think it possesses more substance than the screen adaptation, which, like a lengthy bus trip, chugs along in fits and starts, without any rhythm or flow. Though the performances are all stellar, Joshua Logan was known as an actor's director, but his films remain largely undistinguished, despite their notoriety and success and they can't completely eclipse the loud, crass, tiresome story.

Blu-ray Video Quality – 20th Century Fox has been doing a fine job with its Marilyn Monroe Blu-ray transfers, and 'Bus Stop' continues that tradition. The 1080p encoded image rendering is a nice step up from the previous standard-definition inferior NTSC DVD, sporting increased clarity, a cleaner image, more balanced colour timing, and a greater sense of depth. Though evident grain still remains, which preserves the film-like feel, the picture now flaunts a smoother look, and a reduction in brightness adds welcome warmth that augments the drama's intimate nature. The source material still exhibits occasional errant marks, but not nearly as much as the inferior DVD format and you really have to keep your eyes peeled to catch them. The single-strip colour exudes a surprising level of saturation and vibrancy, yet still maintains an appropriate natural tone. Though the blue sky might appear artificially enhanced, reds are bold and sassy and check out the tinted light that bathes Marilyn Monroe during “That Old Black Magic,” and the browns project a potent earthiness. Flesh tones from Marilyn Monroe's heightened alabaster complexion to Don Murray's outdoorsy tan, remain stable throughout, and deep black levels add appropriate weight. Close-ups, especially the extreme ones that dominate the film's climactic scene, can be breath-taking, showcasing both Marilyn Monroe's beauty and vulnerability, while background details, such as the busy wallpaper pattern in the hotel room and the crowd scenes at the parade and rodeo, are clear and precise. Fabrics are accurately represented, the chequered pattern of the diner uniforms resists shimmering, and no banding, noise, or digital tinkering could be detected. This is by far the best 'Bus Stop' has ever looked on home video, and Marilyn Monroe fans owe it to themselves to upgrade to this version only.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – The sound on this Blu-ray has been upgraded to 4.0 DTS-HD Master Audio, and though the surrounds remain pretty quiet throughout the film, the full-bodied track possesses fine presence and pleasing tonal depth. Some nice stereo separation across the front channels is immediately evident and succeeds in widening the soundscape, and the robust, country-tinged music score fills the room well. Ambient effects, such as the noise from the rodeo crowd and rowdy bar patrons slightly bleed toward the rears, and some decent bass frequencies come through, especially when the cowboys are riding bucking broncos. A wide dynamic scale keeps distortion at bay, and dialogue is well prioritized and always easy to understand. Best of all, no hiss, pops, crackles, or any other age-related imperfections rear their ugly heads. Though not a flashy track, the 'Bus Stop' audio nicely complements the film, and you can't ask for much more than that.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Theatrical Trailers [1080p] [2:25] The only extras on the disc, unfortunately, are the film's Theatrical Trailers, which includes: ‘Bus Stop,’ ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,’ ‘How To Marry A Millionaire,’ ‘Niagra,’ ‘River Of No Return,’ ‘The Seven Year Itch’ and Irvin Berlin's ‘There's No Business Like Showbusiness.’ Surely there's some old Turner Classic Films of Marilyn Monroe with retrospective behind-the-scene stuff and interviews that 20th Century Fox could have dug up, licensed, and included here.

Finally, `Bus Stop' is often cited as the film that made critics sit up and take Marilyn Monroe seriously as an actor, and not just another pretty face and stunning figure. While Marilyn Monroe is good here, the film itself is an old-fashioned romance that leans heavily on 1950s morals and a sort of everyone-deserves-a-second-chance message, is nothing special. The film's brand of folksy, home-spun comedy hasn't particularly aged well, and co-star Don Murray is progressively more and more grating as the yokel cowboy who practically hog-ties Marilyn into romantic submission. Minus the lack of special features, 20th Century Fox's Blu-ray release is stellar and all of the films from their Marilyn Monroe series have looked wonderful, but `Bus Stop' is only a must-buy for the biggest fans of the iconic bombshell. Most of the time I love most of Marilyn Monroe films, but this film does not quite hit the button for me, and it is something I cannot quite explain why I feel this way about this film. I have tried to like it, but for some unknown reason the characters don't quite get the full potential out of the characters or relate to them and sometimes the acting seems a little stiff, but overall, don't get me wrong, I do love this film and I am sure glad it has now been added to my ever increasing Marilyn Monroe Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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Monroe plays a rather promiscuous bar girl in Phoenix who hopes to get to Hollywood in a kind of her real life story,enters the rodeo champ from Montana as the exuberant yet virginal 'red-blooded' cowboy,DON MURRAY who has come to Phoenix for the 'rodeo competition' and to find the angelic gal of his dreams .

The movie deals with a great human dilemma as to what is more important to be happy ,your perception of an ideal life partner or your contentment with the reality,Murray is superb as he assumes this show girl from a 'cheap joint' in a flashy vulgar dress to be his angel, and monroe shuns the false image he breeds of her ,yet agrees to the charade to be his girl till the rodeo ends for a fee ,of course as Murray wins the competition ,he then persuades her to take the bus back to his hometown in Montana .

The road movie kicks in with a medley of characters when they end up stranded in a 'bus stop' caught in a blizzard and here a great drama unfolds where sexual attitudes ,love and behavioural concepts are intellectually challenged in a simple yet truthful manner,the two characters and their trangressive attitudes to the opposite sex melt convincingly and the dialogue is plain but intelligent to the core ,this is a wise movie on the 'battle of sexes' and how and what a man and woman want from each other so as to be happy .

Monroe is truly great as is Murray in his debut role ,they look terrific together and yet there is a tenderness between the 2 rough and wild characters they play,this is an infinitely soft and mellow love story set against the wild West and the 'bus stop' becomes a metaphor for the human race and their quest for emotional security in any dwelling if they are truly content .

Hugely satisfying yet entertaining too,with both wit and humor ,yet emotional to the core as it is ironically the ending which Monroe craved for herself but never got in real life .

The sexpolitation of the weaker sex and their whims and doubts versus the 'macho jingoism' are expressed extremely well in the bus ride as various characters interact most naturally in a confined space .The script is true to it's authentic characters and to the audience as well and works at every level .A triumphant journey for all concerned .

The print restoration is brilliant and the dvd is great viewing .

USMAN KHAWAJA
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on 11 December 2014
Marilyn in a very sympathetic role with a Texas accent being pursued by a cowboy intent on marrying her...
I'll bet there won't be one red blooded guy watching who doesn't want to be the Sir Galahad and protect her.
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on 20 August 2007
Delightful comedy showcases Miss M in her best role as a down on her luck saloon singer who becomes the object of the affections of a rodeo rider Beauregard "Bo" Decker (Don Murray).He is fresh off the ranch and not versed in any social graces whatsoever so what he sees he wants- she is the gal for him.
Joshua Logan does an impeccable job, George Axelrod's script squeezes out all the laughs from William Inge's stage play but it is the performances that really shine here.Arthur O'Connell is his usual charming self as Bo's mentor,newcomer Don Murray is excellent as the spirited cowboy(the rodeo scenes are nicely done by the way)and Marilyn in her career best turn is emotionally raw,touching and funny.Her rendition of "That old Black Magic " is a gem.Some of her lines almost define her public life.
Beautifully done.
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on 7 April 2000
A nice movie. A cow boy finds his "angel" on his way to a rodeo and, as she will not have him, kidnaps her until she knows better and follows him voluntarily to be his wife. Marilyn Monroe combines coquettery and innocence. The movie would be perfect but for the male protagonist who keeps on shouting from beginning to end and makes you want to shoot him on the spot.
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on 30 August 2014
Another of Marilyn Monroes films and a classic.Although I am biased and enjoy everything she ever made,this proved that she could act and had a knack for comedy.Good Blu-ray transfer and a bargain at the price
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"Bus Stop" is not the sort of film that could be made nowadays. The streetwise and savvy young generation of today would find the films simple innocent charm a bit hard to swallow. The young of this era are constantly exposed to a barrage of dubious morals, force fed them on the internet and the multitude of TV channels. In the destruction of such innocence we have lost much. It is a great pity because this film is hugely enjoyable entertainment for most ages. End of sermon!

The films story is very simple. An extremely naïve young cowboy meets a beautiful young lady plying her dubious saloon trade, and falls immediately in love. His idea of wooing is of the cave man variety. Rope her, tie her and drag her back to the old ranch. Today they call it kidnap. You would not expect this sort of treatment to endear him to her, but surprise surprise, she is slowly won over. The path to true love is never an easy one and the cowboy has to learn a few hard lessons along the way. Much of the action takes place on a bus journey and at the scene of a rodeo in Phoenix.

The film is most notable for a good performance from Marilyn Monroe. She looks simply ravishing as always and does not resemble the prostitutes you might expect to see hanging around on the street corners of your average red light district. If this was the case there would be a huge upsurge in the worlds oldest profession. Monroe was fresh out of Lee Strasbourg's method acting school, and it obviously did her no harm. She plays a hillbilly character who sings "That old Black Magic" very poorly but most alluringly. Don Murray lends effervescent support as the very loud cowboy. He did tend to get on my nerves a bit, and I was rather pleased when he later got a richly deserved good old fashioned whupping from the burly bus driver, which seemed to do him no end of good. The film was a favourite of the respected film critic and director Jean-Luc Godard which surprised me. Tell me if I am missing something here.? It is not a film of great depth, just a good old fashioned boy meets girl story. Great fun but not a film you would compare with the like of "Citizen Kane". The film is an enjoyable and entertaining slice of whimsy, which made it an attractive acquisition for me.
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on 24 July 2015
Marilyn at her finest.
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VINE VOICEon 29 July 2013
This is not one of my favourite Marilyn movies, but its still good, just dont think she is at her best here. In regard to the Blu ray transfer, unfortunately, I didnt see a great deal of difference in the picture quality, yes, its a little better but not fantastic, the sound is improved however. If you do not have this movie on DVD then you should definately go for the Blu Ray to start with, if you do have the DVD (the remastered one) then not sure its worth the upgrade here.
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on 15 February 2014
probably my favourite marilyn film, she looks, as usual, great in this film, underated as an actor I think also, like it...xx x.
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