The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend

Director: Preston Sturges Cast: Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, Herbert Pryor Vallée

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Overview

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.

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: 40,649

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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