Bus Stop

Synopsis: Innocent rodeo cowboy Bo falls in love with cafe singer Cherie in Phoenix. She tries to run away to Los Angeles but he finds her and forces her to board the bus to his home in Montana. When the bus stops at Grace's Diner the passengers learn that the road ahead is blocked. By now everyone knows of the kidnapping, but Bo is determined to have Cherie.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Joshua Logan
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

- Are you ready, Virge?

- Anytime.

Turn him out!

- BO:

Go get him, Bo!

Make time, Bo! Get on him, Bo!

Turn him over, Bo!

Get him over! Get him over!

Good time! Good!

What was my time?

- Five-eight.

- Five...

That's good enough to win just about

every prize they got at that rodeo!

I'll give to you a paper of pins

And that's the way our love begins

If you will marry me, me, me

If you will marry me

I'll give to you a feathery bed

With downy pillows for your head

If you will marry me, me, me

If you will marry me

But you don't want my paper or pins

And you don't want my feathery bed

You want my house and money instead

That is plain to see

Well, here they are

Take everything

My house, my money

My wedding ring

And in the bargain I'll throw in me

If you will marry me

Bo, when you was five,

I just throwed you on a horse, smack!

And there you was ridin'.

- Remember?

- Yup.

When you was eight,

I throwed you in the creek, splash!

And there you was swimmin'.

- Ain't that right?

- Sure, Virge.


Bo, you're 21 years old

and we're on our way to

a big city, Phoenix, Arizona.

It's time you met up with a gal.

A gal?

Oh, it ain't nothin' to be scared of.

In a way, women and swimmin'

is pretty much the same.

You got good reflexes, Bo.

You'll make out just fine.


So long, Bo.

Bring back some prize money.

Take it easy, Orville!

Two for Phoenix, Arizona.

We goin' down for the rodeo.

I figure I'm gonna win me just about

every prize they got down there.

Well, that's nice.

Now sit down someplace.

You got a long ride ahead of you.

Bo, the lady's hat!

- Oh, sorry, ma'am.

- Why don't you look where you're goin'?

It was an accident, sir.

He ain't used to travelin'.

- This is his first time off the ranch.

- Virge, that's a lie!

That's a lie and you know it!

I been all the way to Helena.

That was when he was 12 years old

to have his tonsils out.

Well, that still counts!

Here, give me that.


If you will marry me, me, me

If you will marry me

I'll give to you a petticoat red

All stitched around

with golden thread...


I've been thinkin'.

You know, about what you said.

What was that?

You know. About me findin' a gal.

Oh, what... What about it, Bo?

I don't know anything about gals, Virge.

Nothin' at all.

Well, that's what I mean.

It's about time you learned.

It ain't nothin' to be scared of, Bo.

You know how much you like swimmin'

when you got used to it.

Besides, I know the idea

crossed your mind once or twice.

I seen you lookin' at them

pictures in Orville's magazines.

I'll give to you a feathery bed

With downy pillows for your head...

Maybe I glanced at them pictures

a couple of times.

But if I do find me a gal,

it ain't gonna be one of them gals

from all those magazines.

I already decided.

I'm gonna get me a


- An angel?

- That's right.

I wouldn't set my sights

too high if I were you, Bo.

You just figure on pickin' out

some plain-lookin' little ol' gal,

with a cooperatin' nature

and a good personality.

I mean, we gotta be realistic.

What's some angel gonna want

with a cowhand like you?

What's that got to do with it?

That steer this mornin',

he didn't wanna get throwed, did he?

Well, I throwed him.

Some wild horse you're breakin',

he don't wanna get broke, do he?

But you don't let what he wants stop you.

What makes you think

a girl's any different?

This trip is gonna be mighty educational.

Kiss me quick and go, my honey

Kiss me quick and go to cheat sur...

Listen, Virge.

I'm gonna find me an angel.

I'm gonna find me a real

hootenanny of an angel!

She gives me any trouble,

she's gonna find herself

with them little old wings

just pinned right to the ground!



- Mornin', ma'am!

- What are you doing?

Push-ups, ma'am.

Gotta get the kinks outta my bones.

Hey, cowboy, get up off that floor!

Thirty! Whew! I can do 30 set-ups, too.

Pipe down and stop botherin' folks.

You woke up everybody in the bus.

Well, it's mornin', ain't it?

It's time to get up.

That's the trouble with you city folk.

Lay around in bed all day long

and you get soft.

Hey, when do we stop for breakfast?

Look! There's a place! Hey, you passed it!

Look. This ain't no taxi. It's a public vehicle.

Stops where it's scheduled to stop

and no place else.

And meanwhile what's

a passenger supposed to do?

Just starve to death?

Poor old lady back there, you can hear

her stomach rumblin' from here!

Bo! You're out in civilization!

Forgive him, ma'am. He didn't hear a thing.

Our next official bus stop is Grace's

Diner, a couple of miles up the road.

That's where we stop, Grace's.

Can we get some breakfast in here?

Hello, Grace.

Well, look what the cat dragged in.

- Hello, Elma. You the passenger?

- That's right.

- She's goin' for the symphony concert.

- And to see my sister.

How about a little service?

Sounds like your passengers are hungry.

Oh, I'll go ahead and wait on 'em.

Ah, some crazy cowboys.

That young one there,

he's a real troublemaker.

His friend ain't so bad.

He just sits in the back of the bus

playin' his guitar.

A little music's real nice

when you're drivin' along.

I'm very fond of music myself.

Are you, Grace? I didn't know that.

Yeah. I'm a very musical person.

Well, come on in.

I'll fix you somethin' to eat.

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George Axelrod

George Axelrod (June 9, 1922 – June 21, 2003) was an American screenwriter, producer, playwright and film director, best known for his play, The Seven Year Itch (1952), which was adapted into a movie of the same name starring Marilyn Monroe. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's and also adapted Richard Condon's The Manchurian Candidate (1962). more…

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