Blood and Sand (1941)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  30 May 1941 (USA)
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Illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo rises meteorically to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena only to sow the seeds of his own fall.



(based on the novel by) (as Vicente Blasco Ibanez) , (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Senora Augustias (as Nazimova)
Lynn Bari ...
Laird Cregar ...
Monty Banks ...
Antonio Lopez (as William Montague)
Vicente Gómez ...
Guitarist (as Vicente Gomez)
Captain Pierre Lauren
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Don Jose Alvarez (as Pedro deCordoba)
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Pedro Espinosa
Victor Kilian ...


Bullfighter Juan Gallardo falls for socialite Dona Sol, turning from the faithful Carmen who nevertheless stands by her man as he continues to face real danger in the bullring. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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Love flamed in the shadow of death!


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Release Date:

30 May 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sangre y arena  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The trailer for the picture was to be the first Technicolor trailer produced by the studio. See more »


During the scene when Doña Sol des Muire sings to Juan Gallardo on his first visit to her home, she accompanies herself on the guitar, but while she strums the fingers of her other hand never move to change chords as she plays. See more »


Natalio Curro: At last Seville has a matador, the greatest matador of all history, a saint, the first man of the world! The day he was born, there was salt in the air! A great quantity of salt!
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »


Verde luna
Music and Lyrics by Vicente Gómez
Played on guitar and sung by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Gracilla Pirraga)
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A wonderful movie - and for "other" reasons, too
16 October 2006 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

Tyrone Power, as handsome as any star in history, with a magnetic screen presence is, however, about as believable in the role of a Spanish bullfighter as Oliver Hardy or Buster Keaton. Rita Hayworth gnaws the scenery like a horde of beavers, but she would be pleasurable to watch just eating a chicken wing. Linda Darnell is so long-suffering she'd depress Norman Bates. Finally Anthony Quinn (and not for the last time in his career), seems to have imbibed a gallon of coffee and taken a handful of downers at the same time, and is undergoing a battle as to which will prevail directing his demeanor.

Hayworth and Quinn's paso doble is excellent to watch, yet so "over-the-top" at the same time - but neither of them ever were strangers to "over-the-top."

But because, rather in spite of, these aspects, the film is thoroughly enjoyable, and the plot is true to the classic. All of these mannerisms from the cast are outstanding examples of earlier, overdrawn movie drama, from its inception into the 1950's. They provide an added dimension when seeing again films such as this - providing a nostalgic view of this earlier genre, as well as the famous stars of the past.

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