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The Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend 1949

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4.3 out of 5 stars (23) IMDb 6.2/10

Preston Sturges directed Betty Grable in this wild six gun farce set in the old West. Freddie (Grable) is a hot-tempered saloon entertainer who's as quick with a pistol as she is to kick up her heels.

Starring:
Betty Grable, Cesar Romero
Runtime:
1 hour, 16 minutes

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Genres Western, Romance, Comedy
Director Preston Sturges
Starring Betty Grable, Cesar Romero
Supporting actors Rudy Vallee, Olga San Juan, Porter Hall, Hugh Herbert, Al Bridge, El Brendel, Sterling Holloway, Dan Jackson, Emory Parnell, Pati Behrs, Abdullah Abbas, Robert Adler, Fred Aldrich, Gertrude Astor, Louis Bacigalupi, Henry Borzage, Chet Brandenburg, John Breen
Studio Fox
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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First time around this Preston Sturges (writer, producer, director)movie was given the thumbs down by most of the critics. However, today it is hailed as classic comedy, with a classy leading lady - Betty Grable! She the cutest li'l ole gunslinging saloon girl who shoots a judge (where it don't show) and legs it with her pal, Olga San Juan, to the next town along the line where she poses as a schoolmarm. Betty only has two numbers in this one, but her comedy performance is first-class, especially aided by Margaret Hamilton, Sterling Holloway, and a whole host of oldtimers. Great fun - if you don't take it too seriously! A very underrated Preston Sturges production. And it's a pity Grable wasn't allowed to do more wacky comedies like this. She's a natural.
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The legend goes something like this: After Judy Garland dropped out of Annie Get Your Gun, MGM called Zanuck, head of 20th Century Fox, and asked if he would loan out Betty Grable to replace her. After thinking about it over the weekend, Zanuck called Mayer back and said, "Why the hell should I loan out my golden girl when I've got a better property to star her in?" The better property? The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend! Despite starring Hollywood's number one female (Grable was on the Top 10 Box Office list for 10 consecutive years) and being written and directed by one of the best in the business, Preston Sturges (in his autobiography Sturges writes that this was a misfire, and that Betty Grable was so great to work with and such an excellent comedienne she deserved much better) the picture tanked. Today, surprisingly, it plays much better. Grable's comedic talents really do shine (Sturgis was right!) and she gets better than able support from Cesar Romero, Rudy Vallee, Olga San Juan, Porter Hall and Sterling Holloway (as one of the hilarious hillbilly twins) plus Hugh Herbert who steals all of his scenes as a nearsighted doc. Grable's opening saloon number is to die for. And the shootin' gets a few laughs, as well. The Fox Cinema Archives' DVD-R released in 2013 provides an excellent print which leads me to think that maybe it was originally restored for a regular DVD release.
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The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend was ahead of its time in 1949 and earns five stars in 2013 for constantly looking better with the years.

Betty Grable plays a sharp shooring saloon singer who misses her target only when it's philandering boyfriend Cesar Romero. On the lam for accidently shooting a judge in the buttocks, Betty arrives in Bashful Bend imperonating the town's school teacher.

The comedy is broad and very funny, with Grable proving she's an able comedienne. The film's highlight is her singing In the Gloaming with Rudy Vallee. Look out for the unbilled Margaret Hamilton and Marie Windsor among the excellent supporting cast.
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This is an unfairly neglected film from writer Preston Sturges. It's a lot of fun, especially the shootout at the end. It's got an amazing cast (check IMDB for a full list.You'll be surprised) that are not always easy to spot.
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Betty Grable was pretty, sang and danced OK, had those famous legs, and a million adorable facial expressions. Preston Sturges made daffy movies that never attempted to approach reality. Teaming up this director with this actress provides a meaningless, at times hilarious, bit of fun, with a few terrific songs. I'm aware this movie wasn't well nearly as well received as other Betty Grable's later works, but just to see her is scenes with a bunch of Fox contract comedy character actors, Ceasar Romero at his sleaziest, and Betty, as an unrepentant brassy seductress, with acting chops she later honed into more loveable and subtle roles, is really fun.
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This movie kept me laughing. The picture quality was very good and so was the sound. I just wish there where extras.
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At the time of release, this movie was really regarded as a stinker by everyone: critics, Grable, Zanuck ( after the preview, he said that Sturges crucified Grable in this film), and the public ( it turned out to be one of the few films with Grable as the top bill that did not make money in the US market).

I think the best way to describe the film is in comparing it to "Blazing Saddles". The Beautiful Blond from Bashful Bend is also a farce based on the Western film genre. Unfortunately, while Sturges might have had a great premise in sending up the Western, he can't supply the jokes and gags like Mel Brooks did some 20 years later. Of course, Mel Brooks had almost none of the censorship restrictions that Sturges had in 1949, and maybe that is what makes Blazing Saddles so much more hilarious than this bomb.

In retrospect the movie has its moments, but it probably will only appeal to classic movie buffs who have an interest in Sturges or Grable. I think Grable carried herself quite well with poor material, as comedy was one of her natural talents ( she was known as quite a "clown" on and off the movie set). Even so, this "farce" is just not that funny. Considering the writing that had made Sturges such a success as a screenwriter then writer/director, the dialogue is contrived and stilted. You can see where the "jokes" are supposed to be, but usually they fall flat.

Most people will be better off passing this "classic" up, even the film buffs.
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