The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949)

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"The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend" is a 1949 Western comedy film directed by Preston Sturges and starring Betty Grable, Cesar Romero, and Rudy Vallee. The film tells the story of Freddie, a saloon singer and con artist in the Old West who dreams of making it big as a singer in San Francisco.

Freddie is joined in her schemes by her friend Conny (Olga San Juan), and the two hatch a plan to swindle a wealthy miner named Charles Jones (Cesar Romero) out of his fortune. However, their plans are complicated by the arrival of Johnny (Rudy Vallee), a charming stranger who takes a liking to Freddie.

The film is noted for its fast-paced humor and colorful Western settings, as well as its lively musical numbers. Betty Grable's performance as Freddie is praised for its energy and charisma, and the film is considered a classic example of the "screwball comedy" genre popular in the 1940s.

Despite being directed by a renowned filmmaker like Preston Sturges, "The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend" was not a critical or commercial success upon its initial release. However, it has since gained a cult following among fans of classic Hollywood comedies and is regarded as a charming and entertaining example of the genre.