The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)
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Preston Sturges' final American film was generally conceded to be a disaster in 1949; even star Betty Grable publicly bad-mouthed the finished product. When seen today, Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend, while no classic, seems a lot better than it did five decades ago. Grable plays a western dancehall girl named Freddie, who is forced to take it on the lam after accidentally shooting a judge (she'd been aiming at her faithless boyfriend Blackie Jobero, played by Cesar Romero). Arriving in the
May 27, 1949 Wide
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Preston Sturges plays his script [based on a story by Earl Felton] with frantic slapstick, stressing raw, bawdy comedy rather than genuine humor, to get the laughs.
Fast-moving and witty spoof of Western conventions from one of Hollywood's finest writer/directors of comedy.
Not so much a lament for the end of the West but for the end of the 1940s
Shoots itself in the arse once too many times for its prolonged spoof to work smoothly.
Even a fair-to-middling Preston Sturges production is better than most comedies by other writer/directors.
This musical western burlesque looks slightly better today, but its still more energetic than funny.
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