“Nothing ever happens in a 50-mile bus ride to be jealous of.”
A bus driver (Rick Jason) married to a neurotic alcoholic (Joan Collins) takes a group of passengers — including a buxomy blonde (Jayne Mansfield) and a salesman (Dan Dailey) — on a dangerous ride.
- Dan Dailey Films
- Dan Duryea Films
- Ensemble Film
- Jayne Mansfield Films
- Joan Collins Films
- Road Trip
This adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel suffers from a cliched script, and characters we never care about or believe in. Handsome Rick Jason glowers his way through each of his scenes:
while Jayne Mansfield is wasted in a stereotypical role as an “adult performer” who wants nothing more than to get married and have a refrigerator and electric stove of her own (even if it means settling for a toothy-grinned nebbish like Dailey).
The film’s main strengths are its exciting action sequences, most notably when “Sweetheart” (the eponymous bus) attempts to cross a rickety bridge in pouring rain.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- The exciting bridge sequence
No. Although Peary lists this as a Sleeper in the back of his book, it’s not worth seeking out.