The Wayward Bus

After the peaceful and enjoyable ukulele festival on Sunday, it felt terrible to have to go back to work on a Monday.  I put in my five hours and returned home to have some macaroni and cheese and take a nap.  I watched “The Wayward Bus.”  It seemed like one of those films that lost its prestige when the weaknesses of the script became apparent.  It was meant to be a “Bus Stop” type of movie, but the relationship that is supposed to develop between the Dan Dailey and Jayne Mansfield characters was so unbelievable that it was laughable.  Jayne tried to show her ability to act in a drama, and she did a good job but for the moment when she cried.  I didn’t believe her in that scene at all.  The character Johnny, who was the bus driver, looked awfully familiar, as though he was in a famous Twilight Zone episode, but it was Rick Jason of the television series “Combat!”  He reminded me of Laurence Harvey in “The Manchurian Candidate.”  At one point, he drives the bus across a bridge that is about to collapse, like in “Sorcerer.”  Another person in the cast was Joan Collins, hard to recognize as the woman in the Dynasty television series.  The characters were clichés, and the story was extremely weak.  There was a cheap quality to the production.  People like Marlon Brando, Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, and Joanne Woodward were potential members of the cast, with Henry Hathaway directing.  Hathaway would go on to make “True Grit” with John Wayne.  As it was, the director was Victor Vicas, who is not known for anything.  The studio executives should have known that they could not redo a Marilyn Monroe movie successfully.  If you’ve already spent your money on the real thing, why should you buy another ticket for an imitation?  I thought the bus ride was supposed to be just fifty miles, but an entire love affair was supposedly going on.  There were some things that don’t make sense, and you probably shouldn’t attempt to make the audience accept them.  I watched this movie only to see what Jayne Mansfield would be like.  The ending of the movie was so contrived that it was almost sickening.  It was the worst of what Hollywood does.  The movie was in black and white, which was too bad as far as Jayne’s part went.  She was something who should have always been photographed in Technicolor.  “The Wayward Bus” rates as somewhat less than average.  The great John Steinbeck adaptation will always be John Ford’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”  I went home to watch the Supergirl episode.  Kara was out of character when she was acting like a hothead.  The story had flaws, and I can imagine this show losing a lot of viewers as the weeks go on.  I listened to the Giants game in Los Angeles.  They managed a win, 4-3.  Some of the people who died on May 2 include Leonardo da Vinci (1519), Jack Barry (1984), Oliver Reed (1999), Lynn Redgrave (2010), Junior Seau (2012), and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (2014).  Today is a birthday for Engelbert Humperdinck (81).

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