Beauregard 'Bo' Decker: Well, I've been thinkin' about them other fellas, Cherry. And well, what I mean is, I like you the way you are, so what do I care how you got that way?
Cherie: Bo! That's the sweetest, tenderest thing anyone ever said to me.
While not one of Marilyn's most well-known films, it definitely should be and is my personal favorite. Bus Stop was the first film ever (partially) produced by Marilyn Monroe Productions- the other film produced (completely) by the company was The Prince and the Showgirl. In both films produced by MMP, was Marilyn able to pick the roles she wanted to play, not ending up having to play the typecast dumb blonde.
The film follows an aspiring actress, Cherie (Marilyn Monroe), who is working as a saloon singer in the meantime. While working at the saloon, a clueless, innocent cowboy comes bye, Bo (Don Murray), and hopelessly falls in love with her. However, Cherie doesn't exactly feel as strongly for Bo. This sweet, funny story is a nice movie to watch with fabulous acting and a wonderful storyline.
Bus Stop was a very special film for Marilyn and not only because it was the first film ever produced by her production company, it also deemed her, finally, a serious actress by the press. On September 1, 1956, Bosely Crowther from The New York Times wrote:
HOLD onto your chairs, everybody, and get set for a rattling surprise. Marilyn Monroe has finally proved herself an actress in "Bus Stop." She and the picture are swell! This piece of professional information may seem both implausible and absurd to those who have gauged the lady's talents by her performances in such films as "Niagara," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and even "The Seven Year Itch," wherein her magnetism was put forth by other qualities than her histrionic skill.
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Therefore, be sure to at some point make time to cuddle up with a warm blanket and make time for this sweet film, which happens to be my favorite Marilyn Monroe film!
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