Bus Stop

Stage director Joshua Logan, never a natural on film, transferred this overheated William Inge play to the screen in 1956, and much of it seems forced and out of scale. A rodeo cowboy (Don Murray) falls in love with a saloon singer (Marilyn Monroe), and Logan turns it into the most tempestuous affair since Caesar and Cleopatra. His heavy breathing obscures many of the film's small virtues, most of which are contributed by Monroe. Cast again as a platonic sexpot, she once again transcends her role. With Arthur O'Connell, Eileen Heckart, and Hope Lange. 96 min.

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