DON MURRAY: UNSUNG HERO
2016, Midcentury Productions, 109 min, USA, Dir: Don Malcolm

Whatever happened to Bo Decker? Or, rather, to Don Murray, who blasted his way into prominence opposite Marilyn Monroe in BUS STOP (1956) with an Oscar-nominated performance as a sexy, bull-in-a-China-shop rodeo cowboy. UNSUNG HERO traces Murray's meteoric rise and fade to a baffling oblivion as part of the perplexing, incendiary history of America as it reeled from the impact of the 1960s. Fascinating, long-lost works written, produced and directed by Murray are rescued from oblivion, and his pioneering work dealing with race relations onscreen is showcased in a way that reveals a man of exemplary character who is at last ready for his close-up.


BABY, THE RAIN MUST FALL
1965, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: Robert Mulligan

The TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD team of director Robert Mulligan, producer Alan Pakula and writer Horton Foote reunite for this underrated drama set in rural Texas. In a role that plays as if it hit close to home, Steve McQueen is a troubled singer (whose band includes Glen Campbell) recently released from prison. If only for their daughter’s sake, wife Lee Remick hopes to keep him on the straight and narrow - but deputy sheriff Don Murray is there just in case she can’t.


BUS STOP
1956, 20th Century Fox, 96 min, USA, Dir: Joshua Logan

Marilyn Monroe stunned critics and fans alike with her heartbreakingly tender performance as a truck-stop singer who falls in love with naive young cowpoke Don Murray, in this beautiful, bittersweet drama based on the William Inge play. With Betty Field, Arthur O’Connell.


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