Review: ‘The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend’

Blonde is basically a rather silly western farce, loosely concocted. Producer-director-writer 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. The pacing is erratic, as is the film editing.

Blonde is basically a rather silly western farce, loosely concocted. Producer-director-writer 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. The pacing is erratic, as is the film editing.

Betty Grable is the chief asset as a western dancehall gal who knows how to handle a gun-and gets into trouble because of it. The boy friend is Cesar Romero. It’s the latter that starts the trouble. Grable is out to kill him for two-timing but, in a dark room, shoots a judge in the posterior by mistake.

Cast goes about its business okay in answering Sturges’ demands for burlesquing of the characters and occasionally makes the coarse humor pay off.

The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Preston Sturges; Producer Preston Sturges; Screenplay Preston Sturges; Camera Harry Jackson; Editor Robert Fritch; Music Cyril Mockridge; Art Director Lyle Wheeler, George W. Davis

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 76 MIN.

With

Betty Grable Cesar Romero Rudy Vallee Olga San Juan Sterling Holloway Hugh Herbert
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