The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend (1949)

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Movie Info

When a gun-slinging beauty (Betty Grable) aims for her troublesome beau but accidentally shoots a judge, she runs to a small town and disguises herself as a sweet and prudish school teacher. Just when she thinks she has pulled it all off, successfully creating a new life, chaos materializes around her in this western/comedy.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Western , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
Fox

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Cast

Betty Grable
as Freddie
Cesar Romero
as Blackie Jobero
Rudy Vallee
as Charles Hingleman
Olga San Juan
as Conchita
Sterling Holloway
as Basserman Boy
Hugh Herbert
as Doctor
El Brendel
as Mr. Jorgenson
Porter Hall
as Judge O'Toole
Pati Behrs
as Roulette
Margaret Hamilton
as Mrs. O'Toole
Dan Jackson
as Basserman Boy
Danny Jackson
as Basserman Boy
Emory Parnell
as Mr. Hingleman
Al Bridge
as Sheriff
Alan Bridge
as Sheriff
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Sheriff Sweetzer
Richard Hale
as Mr. Basserman
Georgia Caine
as Mrs. Hingleman
Esther Howard
as Mrs. Smidlap
Harry Hayden
as Conductor
Chester Conklin
as Messenger Boy
Mary Monica McDonald
as Freddie (age 6)
Torben Meyer
as Dr. Schultz
Dewey Robinson
as Bartender
Richard Kean
as Dr. Smidlap
Harry Tyler
as Station Agent
Dudley Dickerson
as Pullman Porter
Marie Windsor
as LaBell Bergers
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Critic Reviews for The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

To paraphrase the theme song, it looks pretty well shot in the end.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Fast-moving and witty spoof of Western conventions from one of Hollywood's finest writer/directors of comedy.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Not so much a lament for the end of the West but for the end of the 1940s

November 15, 2009
CinePassion

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

Full Review… | April 19, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Even a fair-to-middling Preston Sturges production is better than most comedies by other writer/directors.

Full Review… | November 12, 2007
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend

½

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable but nothing out of the ordinary, Betty Grable is good as she usually is. Colorful, elaborate costumes and an overall good production is a plus.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

The opening scenes of a lil girl and her grandpa shootin bottles for ma, pa, and brother, god rest their souls, is really fun. Then little Freddie grows up, tries to shoot her two timing guy, but people get in the way and she shoots the judge. THe Wicked Witch of the West plays the judges wife... frightening! Freddie and her friend high-tail it and take other's identities, which really is starting to work out for them in wonderful ways... Unil the two-timer shows up... then everything blows up!

Kayla Kromer
Kayla Kromer

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