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Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 14 December 1951 (Belgium)
Johnny Regan, a U.S. citizen, goes to Mexico and takes up bullfighting as a lark, hoping to impress a Mexican beauty, Anita de la Vega. His lighthearted studying, under the tutelage of ... See full summary »

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

James Edward Grant (screenplay), Budd Boetticher (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Johnny Regan
Joy Page ... Anita de la Vega
Gilbert Roland ... Manolo Estrada
Virginia Grey ... Lisbeth Flood
John Hubbard ... Barney Flood
Katy Jurado ... Chelo Estrada
Antonio Gomez Antonio Gomez ... Antonio Gómez
Ismael Pérez Ismael Pérez ... Panchito
Rodolfo Acosta ... Juan
Ruben Padilla Ruben Padilla ... Dr. Sierra
Darío Ramírez Darío Ramírez ... Pepe Mora
Luis Briones Luis Briones ... Himself - Torero
Luís Castro Luís Castro ... Himself - Torero
Ricardo Torres 'Bombita' Ricardo Torres 'Bombita' ... Himself - Torero (archive footage)
Alfonso Ramírez Calesero Alfonso Ramírez Calesero ... Himself - Torero
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Storyline

Johnny Regan, a U.S. citizen, goes to Mexico and takes up bullfighting as a lark, hoping to impress a Mexican beauty, Anita de la Vega. His lighthearted studying, under the tutelage of aging matador Manolo Estrada, leads to tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Most DANGEROUS Game On Earth ! (original one-sheet poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 December 1951 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Torero See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Patricia McCormick was the first American real female matador and bullfighter. Her braveness is what led to this film being made. See more »

Alternate Versions

Cut to 87 minutes after premiere; recently restored to original 124-minutes length. See more »

Connections

Featured in Budd Boetticher: An American Original (2005) See more »

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La Virgen de la Macarena
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Boring
25 August 2014 | by zetesSee all my reviews

This was Boetticher's big breakthrough, though it's not remembered nearly as well as the Westerns he made later on the same decade. I'm sure that's very much the fault of its subject matter, which is rightly despised by the vast majority of human beings nowadays. Frankly, the film itself is pretty lousy in general. Robert Stack stars as an American visiting Mexico who decides to take up bullfighting to impress a beautiful woman (Joy Page). He befriends a famous toreador (Gilbert Roland) who trains him, though he's derided by other bullfighters and fans. The film was originally cut down to 87 minutes (after all, it was only meant to be a B-movie), but it has recently been restored to 124 minutes. I'd definitely much rather watched the shorter version, though I'm sure it's just as dull (just not so damn long). The bullfighting scenes are graphic, but, what's worse, the sport just comes off as a total bore itself, like the same thing over and over. Katy Jurado also stars.


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