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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on 'Bus Stop,' Starring Marilyn Monroe

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood December 31, 2012 at 11:02AM

New Year's Potpourri week begins at Trailers from Hell with director Dan Ireland introducing "Bus Stop," featuring Marilyn Monroe in her first screen performance after studying with Lee Strasberg, and directed by Joshua Logan ("Picnic").
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Marilyn Monroe in "Bus Stop"
Marilyn Monroe in "Bus Stop"

New Year's Potpourri week begins at Trailers from Hell with director Dan Ireland introducing "Bus Stop," featuring Marilyn Monroe in her first screen performance after studying with Lee Strasberg, and directed by Joshua Logan ("Picnic").

Marilyn Monroe's performance in "Bus Stop" finally convinced critics that she was indeed an accomplished actress (in a role originated onstage by Kim Stanley). Director Joshua Logan filmed Marilyn's live rendition of "That Old Black Magic" with two cameras and an offscreen orchestra, eliminating the need for lip-synching to playback, and often let her takes run on and on without stopping so he could cull the best moments in the editing room.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.