The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend
The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend (1949)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 27, 1949
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

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


This musical western burlesque looks slightly better today, but its still more energetic than funny.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

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TV Guide

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
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… More