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The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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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

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (2)

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.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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To paraphrase the theme song, it looks pretty well shot in the end.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Fast-moving and witty spoof of Western conventions from one of Hollywood's finest writer/directors of comedy.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Not so much a lament for the end of the West but for the end of the 1940s

November 15, 2009
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Shoots itself in the arse once too many times for its prolonged spoof to work smoothly.

April 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Even a fair-to-middling Preston Sturges production is better than most comedies by other writer/directors.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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This musical western burlesque looks slightly better today, but its still more energetic than funny.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

A notorious flop in its day time has been kind to this and today it is a pleasant if unremarkable comedy, a little risque for the period with a sprightly performance from Betty Grable. Many Sturges regulars pop up in the supporting cast which is always a good thing and Olga San Juan is fun as Betty's boon companion.
June 6, 2011
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