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The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 27 May 1949 (USA)
Temperamental saloon singer Freddie Jones, jealously shoots at her cheating boyfriend Blackie but mistakenly hits Judge Alfalfa J. O'Toole's honorable behind, forcing her to skip town under the guise of a schoolteacher.

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Charles Hingleman
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Conchita
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Judge O'Toole
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Doctor
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Sheriff (as Alan Bridge)
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Mr. Jorgensen
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Basserman Boy
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Basserman Boy (as Danny Jackson)
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Mr. Hingleman
Pati Behrs ...
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Storyline

Saloon-bar singer Freddie gets very angry whenever boyfriend Blackie seems to be playing around. She always packs a six-shooter, so this is bad news for anything that happens to be in the way. As this is usually the local judge's rear-end, Freddie and friend Conchita are soon hiding out teaching school in the middle of nowhere. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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She had the biggest Six-Shooters in the West!

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Comedy | Western

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27 May 1949 (USA)  »

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Teacher's Pet  »

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$2,260,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

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Quotes

Grandpa: Never wait too long between shots or your finger may change its mind.
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Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
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As Famous Flops Go, Not Bad
18 June 2001 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

Zany, scattered and at times downright demented, it is perhaps not so terribly surprising this was considered such a disaster when it came out that it instantly vaporized Preston Sturges' Hollywood career. I guess this sort of loose, free wheeling parody (and at times it has a Coen Brothers inspired kookiness about it) just wasn't the sort of thing audiences took to in 1949.

That very looseness, that daffy unrehearsed quality can give one the impression that the film is simply not as good as it could've been, but my God it isn't THAT bad. There are sparks of originality throughout and while it may never quite catch fire, this is still Sturges and still superior to a good number of tame, vanilla comedies that came out around this time.

It may not have been the case but it certainly looks like many of the actors were having a ball during filming, particularly Cesar Romero. Watch the one scene where he is quizzing some hayseed local about his sweetheart's (Betty Grable) whereabouts. He can barely keep a straight face and happily lets this character actor steal the scene with a funny, one man "who's on first?" routine. I thought Grable did a fine job as well and showed pretty fair comic timing, though I wonder if Sturges really wanted that other Betty (Hutton) for the role and couldn't get her for some reason. Sturges may have allowed those two freaky brothers (one of whom is played by Sterling Holloway) to take things too far; I'm sure audiences at the time watched their crazed antics with stone faces. In fact, they're not even recognizably human which may have been the point. I'm not sure.

An odd, not terribly satisfying movie, but watchable, never boring and with spurts of that famous snappy Sturges dialogue.


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