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The Wayward Bus

Original title
The Wayward Bus
Running time
87 min.
United States United States
Ivan Moffat (Novel: John Steinbeck)
Leigh Harline
Charles G. Clarke
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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Drama | Road Movie
Movie Groups
John Steinbeck Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Alice Chicoy (Joan Collins) is the wife of driver Johnny (Rick Jason). He owns a small and rundown little bus that makes side trips. Alice is the owner of a little restaurant and likes liquor a bit too much. Unhappy with what has become of her life, she decides to "surprise" her husband mid-way through his bus trip. Among the passengers, Camille Oakes (Jayne Mansfield) is the shamed burlesque dancer on the way to a well-paying job in San Juan. Camille gets caught up in a flirtation with traveling salesman Ernest Horton (Dan Dailey). Most of the story takes place on the charter bus. Slowly making their way through a treacherous California mountain region, the passengers undergo a variety of life-altering experiences. The journey has its most profound effects upon the iconoclastic salesman and the lonely stripper.
1957: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
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