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The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | June 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.

Director:

Preston Sturges

Writers:

Earl Felton (screenplay), Earl Felton (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Grable ... Winifred (Freddie) Jones
Cesar Romero ... Blackie Jobero
Rudy Vallee ... Charles Hingleman
Olga San Juan ... Conchita
Porter Hall ... Judge Alfalfa J. O'Toole
Hugh Herbert ... Doctor
Al Bridge ... Sheriff Ambrose (as Alan Bridge)
El Brendel ... Mr. Jorgensen
Sterling Holloway ... Basserman Boy
Dan Jackson Dan Jackson ... Basserman Boy (as Danny Jackson)
Emory Parnell ... Julius Hingleman
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. O'Toole
Pati Behrs Pati Behrs ... Roulette
Chris-Pin Martin ... Joe
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Sheriff Sweetser
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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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Taglines:

She had the biggest Six-Shooters in the West!

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teacher's Pet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,260,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,489,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Betty Grable campaigned for Gregory Peck as her leading man. See more »

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Despite being a Technicolor film, this picture contains process and insert shots which are in black-and-white. In particular, though Charles and Winifred are photographed in color on their buggy ride to the church, the background and the church exterior itself are in black-and-white. See more »

Quotes

Train Conductor: You must be that little Indian girl she was bringing with her. You leave mama and papa back home in teepee? How would you like to go with me and see white man's choo-choo, puff-puff engine, huh?
Conchita: How would you like to go suck an egg?
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She'd get them in the end
20 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

On its own The Beautiful Blond From Bashful Bend is an OK amusing sort of comedy. Why it has inspired a cult status is beyond me. How often can Porter Hall get shot in the hind quarters and have it still be funny is carrying a joke too far.

Betty Grable raised out on the frontier by her grandfather was taught to be a dead shot at an early age, the better to take care of herself when Gramps played by Russell Simpson is no longer around. She gets real good at it. When she's older and a saloon entertainer she's lost her heart to a no good gambling man played by Cesar Romero.

When she finds Romero dallying with Pati Behrs, she goes hunting for him six gun in hand. Only Betty doesn't check her target and it's the local circuit judge Porter Hall who is getting a little quiet time in one of the upstairs rooms that gets it in the rear. If you were married to Margaret Hamilton you might look for some quiet time also.

Before justice can be served, Betty flees with her sidekick Olga San Juan disguised as a schoolteacher and her Indian maid. But Romero goes after her and all of them get embroiled in a town feud where Betty gets a few time to display her shooting skills. They have to deal with such town folk as Rudy Vallee, El Brendel, Georgia Caine, Emory Parnell, and a pair of oafish juveniles in Sterling Holloway and Dan Jackson.

According to Tom McGee's biography on Betty Grable she was involved in a three way tug of war over the film with director Preston Sturges and studio head Darryl Zanuck. It was not a happy shoot for her though her exuberant performance would not let you think so.

The Beautiful Blond From Bashful Bend is minor league Sturges when you compare it to the hits he cranked out at Paramount like The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels, Hail The Conquering Hero,and Miracle Of Morgan's Creek.


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