The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
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The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
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 tiny burg of Bashful Bend, Freddie is mistaken for the schoolmarm whom the town elders have… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Not so much a lament for the end of the West but for the end of the 1940s"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"This musical western burlesque looks slightly better today, but its still more energetic than funny."
‑ , Film4
"To paraphrase the theme song, it looks pretty well shot in the end."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Shoots itself in the arse once too many times for its prolonged spoof to work smoothly."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fast-moving and witty spoof of Western conventions from one of Hollywood's finest writer/directors of comedy."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Even a fair-to-middling Preston Sturges production is better than most comedies by other writer/directors."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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