Bo's other problem is that he tends to overdo everything. He does pushups in the bus, to the surprise and annoyance of the passengers and bus driver. But the worst flaw in his character is that he has no manners. As the bus driver asks him later, "Were you born in a barn?" Well, close, as he has been isolated on a ranch all his life.
At the Blue Dragon inn, Bo finds his "angel," a much put-upon singer named Cheri. He falls so in love with her that he announces to a stunned Virgil, and more than stunned Cheri, that he has found his girl and is going to marry her tomorrow.
Cheri herself has a long string of boyfriends and lovers, something that the naive Bo is unaware of. In her opening scene, when she's resting on the window sill, she is instantly harassed by rowdy cowboys pawing at her, and then by the manager. She's clearly not lived a happy life, but she does have a dream to go to Hollywood.Read more ›
Gone is all of Inge's carefull character sketches and complex study of human nature. BUS STOP as a story has never been solely star vehicle. Cherie is but a small part of an ensemble cast. Gone in this film version is Dr. Lyman and his resurrection in the hands of the neophyte Elma. Gone too is the sexual dynamics of bus driver Carl and the lonely Grace. The setting change from Kansas to Idaho loses so much of the midwestern heart that drives Inge's central narrative.
Again, the film is worth watching for Monroe's fine star making performance, but if anyone has read, scene or produced the heart-breakingly beautiful original play, the movie adaptation just doesn't add up.
The story begins when a rough rural cowboy sets off to a Phoenix rodeo with his friend Virgil. Virgil suggests that it is time for Bo to meet a lady friend. Bo sets his sights high, saying that he will know the girl when he sees her. Then, enters Cherie (said with a French accent) on stage whisperingly singing "that ole black magic". Bo falls head over heals for her on first sight when searching for his first "angel". Bo, inexperienced and naive about women, believes that he has found his wife in Cherie (he calls her Cherry) and proceeds to bring her aboard their Greyhound-style passenger bus on their return back home to Montana.
Cherie is confused as things are moving quickly. She struggles to get free of Bo, even claiming to a fellow passenger that she is being abducted against her will by Bo and his ranch companion Virgil (Arthur O'Connell). She doesn't want to marry Bo. Everything changes when the bus is stopped due to a blizzard and they are stuck all together at the bus stop lodge for the night.
Grace's Diner is where bus driver Carl ends his frustration with Bo and decides to fight him to stop him from his angry fit once he discovers Cherie was trying to escape. After a knock down, drag out fight, Bo comes to his senses and apologizes to everyone for his unruly uncontrolled behavior, but mostly to Cherie.Read more ›
Bo can hog tie a calf, and ride a bronco better and faster than anyone around. Read more