My Old Addiction

Bus Stop

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(out of 5)


‘s first film after returning from studying at the Actors Studio in New York City was this excellent comedy-drama directed by Joshua Logan. gives a great deal of wide-eyed relish to his role as a young rancher from out west who goes to a town for the first time in his life to take part in a local rodeo. While there he meets a saloon singer (Monroe) with a heart of gold and a checkered past (i.e. she’s probably not a virgin). Ignoring her own objections to their perfect future, Murray insists that she’s the one for him and stops at nothing to force her to come and live with him on his ranch. Getting her to comply, however, amounts to little more than flat-out kidnapping.  Monroe’s performance here is definitely more intuitive than most of her work before it, but sometimes it seems that all she does is rub her hands all over her face to show excessive emotion (her work in Some Like It Hot is far more charismatic and intelligent). The script is wonderful, however, and it’s nice to see a movie where the “bad” girl, who usually ends up taking a bullet for her immoral existence, ends up winning the prize (even if it is just a husband and a big house).


Twentieth Century Fox

USA, 1956

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by ,

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nomination
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Don Murray as “Bo”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Musical/Comedy
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Marilyn Monroe)

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