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Blood and Sand -- Illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo rises meteorically to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena only to sow the seeds of his own fall.


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Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (based on the novel by)
Jo Swerling (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 May 1941 (USA) See more »
Love flamed in the shadow of death!
Illiterate peasant Juan Gallardo rises meteorically to fame and fortune in the bullfight arena only to sow the seeds of his own fall. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tyrone Power ... Juan

Linda Darnell ... Carmen Espinosa

Rita Hayworth ... Dona Sol

Alla Nazimova ... Senora Augustias (as Nazimova)

Anthony Quinn ... Manolo de Palma
J. Carrol Naish ... Garabato
Lynn Bari ... Encarnacion

John Carradine ... El Nacional
Laird Cregar ... Natalio Curro
Monty Banks ... Antonio Lopez (as William Montague)
Vicente Gómez ... Guitarist (as Vicente Gomez)

George Reeves ... Captain Pierre Lauren
Pedro de Cordoba ... Don Jose Alvarez (as Pedro deCordoba)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Pedro Espinosa
Victor Kilian ... Priest
Adrian Morris ... La Pulga (as Michael Morris)
Charles Stevens ... Pablo Gomez
Ann E. Todd ... Carmen (as a child) (as Ann Todd)
Cora Sue Collins ... Encarnacion (as a child)
Russell Hicks ... Marquis
Maurice Cass ... El Milquetoast
Rex Downing ... Juan (as a child)
John Wallace ... Francisco
Jacqueline Dalya ... Gachi
Cullen Johnson ... Manolo (as a child)
Larry Harris ... Pablo (as a child)
Ted Frye ... La Pulga (as a child)
Schuyler Standish ... Nacional (as a child)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Curtis ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
Harry Burns ... Train Engineer (uncredited)
Cecilia Callejo ... Street Gachi (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter (uncredited)
Andre Cuyas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Thornton Edwards ... Doctor (uncredited)
Paul Ellis ... Ortega (uncredited)
Esther Estrella ... Street Gachi (uncredited)
Mariquita Flores ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Rosita Granada ... Cafe Singer / Singing Voice of Dona Sol (uncredited)
Ilia Khmara ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kay Linaker ... Guest of Doña Sol (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Waiter (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Manolo's Friend (uncredited)
Francisco Moreno ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Bullfight Attendant (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Elena Verdugo ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Roquell Verria ... Girl (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Rouben Mamoulian 
Writing credits
Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (based on the novel by) (as Vicente Blasco Ibanez)

Jo Swerling (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Kane .... associate producer (as Robert T. Kane)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer (director of photography)
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Bischoff (film editor)
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Joseph C. Wright 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (costumes)
Production Management
William Koenig .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Bowen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert D. Webb .... assistant director (uncredited)
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Carlos Ruano Lopis .... paintings (uncredited)
Ben Wurtzel .... construction supervisor (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Armilitas .... bullfight double: tyrone power
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Jose Dolores Perez .... tailor: torero costumes (uncredited)
Music Department
Vicente Gómez .... guitarist (as Vicente Gomez)
José Barroso .... music arranger (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Paul Flato .... jewels (as Flato)
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor director
Budd Boetticher .... dance director: 'El Torero' number (uncredited)
Budd Boetticher .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Fortunio Bonanova .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Francisco Gómez Delgado .... double: Tyrone Power in bullfights (uncredited)
Francisco Gómez Delgado .... instructor: bullfighting (uncredited)
Francisco Gómez Delgado .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... dance director: fiesta (uncredited)
Geneva Sawyer .... dance director: 'El Torero' number (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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125 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:13 | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1948) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved (PCA #7216)

Did You Know?

Director Rouben Mamoulian based many of the film's color schemes and designs on the works of great Spanish painters such as El Greco and Velasquez.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Nacional:[dying in great pain] I've dragged myself through the blood and sand of a thousand arenas. In the end there's only one thing I regret - I never learned to read or write. I was obliged to renounce education... but I make the whole world responsible for my ignorance.See more »
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Colorful film finally out on DVD, 5 May 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian, 1941's "Blood and Sand" is based on the Ibanez novel and a remake of the 1922 film starring Rudolph Valentino. Darryl F. Zanuck remade "The Mark of Zorro" and "Blood and Sand" for his top star, Tyrone Power. Despite a comment here that this film established Power as a star, he had been a star since 1936 and a superstar since 1939. But with the success of Zorro and this film, Power's fate as a swashbuckling hero was sealed. He wouldn't break out of the box until the mid-'50s.

"Blood and Sand" tells the story of Juan Gallardo, son of a famous bullfighter killed in the ring, who aspires against his mother's wishes to be a bullfighter himself. He becomes a star of the ring, marries his sweetheart, is seduced by a temptress, falls into disrepute and turns to drink. Woman has been the downfall of man since Adam and Eve, so the story goes - a constant theme of novelists.

The cinematography is incredible. Some of the shots resemble old paintings - Juan's cuadrilla in a line praying in church while Juan is at the altar; the final shot of Nacional's dead body in a bed under a crucifix; the blood symbols: a woman in her excitement over Juan's triumph smearing her lipstick as she runs her hand across her mouth; Dona Sol's red lips and scarlet fingernails; the cool, magnificent beauty of Dona Sol's elaborate home; the pasodoble Dona Sol dances in an incredible rose-colored gown with up and coming matador Manolo; Juan turning from the bull as he drags his cape behind him - all breathtaking, and more than worthy of its Oscar for Best Cinematography. Mamoulian's direction is flawless, telling the story through the actions of the characters. In one scene, Juan falls asleep on Dona Sol's patio; he wakes alone and walks through the house, seeking an exit; he opens a door and it's Dona Sol's bedroom, where she lays sleeping...In the next scene, Juan wears the ring she put on her finger after it was returned by her last suitor (George Reeves). Mamoulian tells us the affair has begun by showing us a ring.

Power was established before "Blood and Sand," - Rita Hayworth wasn't, but as the sadistic Dona Sol, gloriously photographed and gorgeous beyond belief, superstardom was hers once this film was released. Watching Tyrone Power as Juan is frustrating because he is so good. Why he never received the credit for his acting that he deserved can only be attributed to his impossible beauty. By the time of this film, he is past his pretty stage and just entering handsomeness. A sweet, humble, perfect gentleman in real life, Tyrone Power's Juan Gallardo lumbers through Dona Sol's house, eats with the manners of a cave man, chews with his mouth open, wears smelly fragrance and is both arrogant and uneducated. When doing a film, the actor had to shave three times a day; here, in order to make him look seedier as time passes, he begins to sport a faint 5 o'clock shadow. There was a comment made that Power hadn't yet had dental work. Power never had cosmetic dental work. Like the model Lauren Hutton, he had a small space between two teeth and, like Lauren Hutton, he had a piece of enamel to place there. For this role, he didn't use it. He didn't care about his looks and in fact, came to resent them. Space between two teeth and slicked down hair or not, his huge eyes, framed by the world's longest eyelashes, practically smolder through the camera.

Power's performance is simply fantastic - especially when you consider that attending a real bullfight, he became nauseous. His wife had to say she was sick so they could leave! All of the acting is marvelous, but besides Power, there are several standouts - Alla Nazimova is brilliant as Juan's pessimistic mother, her performance making the role seem even larger; Hayworth's beauty is mind-boggling and she gives Dona Sol not only sexiness and sensuality but coldness. According to Power's stand-in, all the actor did off-camera was stare at Hayworth. Gee, wonder why. Linda Darnell, another underrated actress, is sweet as Juan's loving wife. John Carradine, as the socially-conscious Nacional, is excellent as one of the cuadrilla; and as a turncoat, Laird Cregar gives an appropriately bombastic performance. Ambitious Manolo is played by a young, attractive Anthony Quinn, who is perfect in this film, and his small, showy role portends fabulous things to come from him. The only criticism from me would be that the little boys playing Juan and the cuadrilla in the beginning of the film are too American. Before anyone says anything about the lack of accents, I will repeat the convention - if you're playing a character in a country where English is not spoken, then you're not speaking English -you're speaking the language of the country. Therefore, no accents are used. Spaniards don't walk around Spain all day speaking English with a Spanish accent to other Spaniards.

This film is a curiosity - there is an aura of impending death as predicted by the Nazimova character, and in fact, many of the fine actors appearing in the movie came to early and/or tragic ends. Tyrone Power died 17 years later, at the age of 44, of a heart attack while making the film "Solomon and Sheba" and didn't live to see his only son; Linda Darnell would die in a fire when she was 41; Laird Cregar only lived 3 more years, to age 30, succumbing from a heart attack. The saddest is Rita Hayworth, a true goddess. After abuse and great unhappiness, she developed Alzheimer's in the early 1960s and died in 1987. But what wonderful legacies they left us.

"Blood and Sand" is a jewel in the Twentieth Century Fox crown, a great achievement in acting, directing, and cinematography.

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