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The Wayward Bus (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 May 1957 (USA)
Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield and Dan Dailey star in this engaging drama based on a novel by John Steinbeck. Three strangers - a stripper (Mansfield), an alcoholic wife (Collins) and a ... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Vicas

Writers:

Ivan Moffat, John Steinbeck (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Collins ... Alice Chicoy
Jayne Mansfield ... Camille Oakes
Dan Dailey ... Ernest Horton
Rick Jason ... Johnny Chicoy
Betty Lou Keim ... Norma , the counter girl
Dolores Michaels ... Mildred Pritchard
Larry Keating ... Elliott Pritchard
Robert Bray ... Morse
Kathryn Givney ... Mrs. Elliott (Bernice) Pritchard
Dee Pollock ... Ed 'Pimples' Carson (as Dee Pollack)
Will Wright ... Van Brunt
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Storyline

Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield and Dan Dailey star in this engaging drama based on a novel by John Steinbeck. Three strangers - a stripper (Mansfield), an alcoholic wife (Collins) and a traveling salesman (Dailey) - embark on a life-changing journey on a fateful bus ride. As the road presents challenges, each character faces his or her own shortcomings, not knowing where life will lead next. Written by Anonymous

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The Steinbeck people! The Steinbeck passions! The Steinbeck power!

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ask otobüsü See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally planned as a vehicle for Marlon Brando, to be directed by Henry Hathaway. See more »

Quotes

Ed 'Pimples' Carson: Piece of chocolate cake, please
Norma , the counter girl: Cake for breakfast? I bet Mr Robert Wagner doesn't start his day wolfing down chocolate cake.
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Referenced in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) See more »

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Completely misses the qualities of the book
16 November 2015 | by peefynSee all my reviews

This is not a terrible movie, but I would not recommend it if you're looking for a classic Steinbeck story. The book was a fascinated nuanced look into how people perceive themselves and others, often wrongly. A big part of the book was exploring the thoughts of the various characters as they are judging each other silently (or openly!). All of this in a story of a crowd of completely different people stuck on a bus.

Making a movie of the book must have been a hard task, and it seems like they opted to go for streamlined versions of the characters, focusing on the melodramatic aspects of the book. However, without the thought of the characters explaining the motivations behind their actions, the movie ends up being about Thing Happening. Because there's such an ensemble of characters involved, you only briefly get to know each character.

I know I'm judging this movie a bit harshly, and it's unfair to hold the movie up against the book - after all, the book is (almost) always better. But when the movie misses the point of the book and only keeps the uppermost layer of it, it's doing itself (and the book) a great injustice.


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