The New Pictures, Jun. 6, 1949

The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend {20th Century-Fox} is a wild-eyed jamboree starring Betty Grable and co-starring the explosive, uneven talents of Writer-Director-Producer Preston Sturges (The Miracle of Morgan's Creek). The show is a running battle between sex and slapstick, which to most right-minded Grable fans will seem an impertinent piece of lese majesty.

The slapstick, gotten up as an elaborate spoof of Hollywood westerns, quickly gets out of hand. So does Grable. As a pistol-packing hussy in bustles, Betty takes a potshot at her wayward boy friend (Cesar Romero), nicks instead the wrong end of the local judge. While wriggling out...

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