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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
Based on the John Steinbeck Book of the Same Title
"Johnny Chicoy" (Rick Jason) owns a run-down bus which operates on a route from Rebel Corners, California to San Juan, Mexico. His wife, "Alice Chicoy" (Joan Collins) runs the small bus stop and and they have two young employees named "Norma" (Betty Lou Keim) and "Ed 'Pimples' Carson" (Dee Pollock) who help them out. Although Johnny and Alice love one another the problem is that Alice is an alcoholic who is insanely jealous of other women and mistreats both Norma and Ed rather badly as well. In any case, after a heated argument Norma decides to quit and gets on the bus to San Juan with some other passengers which includes several rather unusual characters. Although the actual bus ride isn't very long, what none of the people count on is the weather taking a severe turn for the worse which subsequently results in some life-changing decisions for all them. Now from what I understand, this film was based on the book of the same title written by John Steinbeck with a few changes here and there to accommodate a motion picture audience. Likewise, it was also being used to showcase the talents of Jayne Mansfield (as the stripper "Camille Oakes") who had only recently come into prominence as one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols. Be that as it may, what I liked in particular about this movie was the depth of the characters and the manner in which all of the actors played their parts. Additionally, there were a couple of suspenseful scenes which were also quite entertaining as well. That being said, although it is certainly dated, I enjoyed this movie and have rated it accordingly. Above average.
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