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Bus Riley’s Back in Town (1965)

As Bus Riley, Michael Parks shuffles and mumbles his way through this small-town melodrama.

He’s a former sailor twice jilted by the voluptuous Ann-Margret, who has married a sugar daddy but still fancies Bus.

There are lots of secondary characters – Jocelyn Brando is Bus’s mother, Janet Margolin the “nice” girl in town – all well knitted together by debutant director Harvey Hart who came from TV.

Parks is something of a weakness – the movie really needed a Robert Redford or a Warren Beatty – but this is a quiet, understated study of frustrated ambition.

The original author, noted playwright William Inge, had his real name removed from the credits and the movie bombed at the box office.

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Laurel
Ann-Margret
Bus Riley
Michael Parks
Judy
Janet Margolin
Slocum
Brad Dexter
Mrs Riley
Jocelyn Brando
Howie
Larry Storch
Spencer
Crahan Denton
Gussie
Kim Darby

Director
Harvey Hart