Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

Director: Preston Sturges

Cast: Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Herbert Pryor Vallée

     
 

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…  See more details below

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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 tiny burg of Bashful Bend, Freddie is mistaken for the schoolmarm whom the town elders have recently hired. Taking advantage of this mistaken-identity situation, Freddie puts the make on wealthy banker Charles Hingelman (Rudy Vallee, a Sturges "regular"), who owns a valuable gold mine. Before the film's 77 minutes are over, Freddie finds herself smack dab in the middle of a shootout between the Good Guys and a family of dimwitted outlaws. As was always the case in a Preston Sturges production, Beautiful Blonde of Bashful Bend is chock full of colorful supporting players, including Hugh Herbert (hilarious as a myopic dentist), El Brendel, Sterling Holloway, and Margaret Hamilton. Also on hand are stalwart Sturges stock company players Porter Hall, Alan Bridge, J. Farrell McDonald, Georgia Caine, Esther Howard, Torben Meyer, Dewey Robinson, and Harry Hayden--many of whom, in keeping with 20th Century-Fox's curious billing policy, are denied on-screen credit.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Deserving of a better place in the history books than it receives, The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend is no great piece of cinematic filmmaking, but it is a generally engaging way to pass a little time in an undemanding way. Part of the problem people have with Blonde is that they come to expecting -- justifiably, because of Preston Sturges' other films -- to be entertained in an intelligent, inventive way. That's not what Blonde has in mind; all it wants to do is offer a rowdy, high spirited, somewhat over-the-top good time. The other part of the problem is that Sturges doesn't know exactly how to do that; there's just a bit too much effort put into, and this is the kind of picture that simply has to feel like it just rolled off the director's back, without him even noticing it too much. Plus, some of the gags simply aren't that good. And finally, though she tries very hard and has some absolutely sensational moments, Betty Grable just isn't the perfect casting; the part calls for someone who has a little more going for her in the wild cannon department, such as Betty Hutton. All that said, Blonde still has more than its share of laughs, and even if she's not perfect for the part. Grable knows how to put across a laugh line. The supporting cast is top notch, even when given little to do, which also helps a great deal. Come to Blonde without high expectations, and you might just enjoy yourself quite a bit.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2013
UPC:
0024543863205
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:16:00
Sales rank:
15,060

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Grable Freddie Jones/ Hilda Swandumper
Cesar Romero Blackie Jobero
Rudy Vallée Charles Hingleman
Olga San Juan Conchita
Sterling Holloway Basserman Boy
Hugh Herbert Doctor
El Brendel Mr. Jorgensen
Porter Hall Judge O'Toole
Pati Behrs Roulette
Margaret Hamilton Elvira O'Toole
Dan Jackson Basserman Boy
Emory Parnell Mr. Hingleman
Al Bridge Sheriff
Chris-Pin Martin Joe
John Farrell MacDonald Sheriff Sweetzer
Richard Hale Mr. Basserman
Georgia Caine Mrs. Hingleman
Esther Howard Mrs. Smidlap
Harry Hayden Conductor
Chester Conklin Messenger Boy
Torben Meyer Dr. Schultz
Dewey Robinson Bartender
Richard Kean Dr. Smidlap
Harry Tyler Station Agent
Dudley Dickerson Pullman Porter
Russell Simpson Grandpa
Marie Windsor LaBell Bergers

Technical Credits
Preston Sturges Director,Producer,Screenwriter
George W. Davis Art Director
Earl Felton Screenwriter
Robert Fritch Editor
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Jackson Cinematographer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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