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Saul Ward (screenplay)
Jack White (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 April 1942 (USA) See more »
World's Champion Bull Throwers!
The stooges are actors traveling to perform at a fiesta in Mexico. After they accidentally switch suitcases with that of Dolores... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)

Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)

Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)
Suzanne Kaaren ... Dolores Sanchez
Harry Burns ... Jose Sanchez
Dorothy Appleby ... O'Brien's Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Ellis ... Pedro Alverez (uncredited)

Joe Garcio ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Telegraph Clerk / Bullring Attendant (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Bullring Attendant (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Audience Member (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Shamus O'Brien (uncredited)
Bert Young ... Bullring Attendant (uncredited)
Don Zelaya ... Sleeping Mexican (uncredited)

Directed by
Jules White 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Saul Ward  screenplay
Jack White  screenplay
Jack White  story

Produced by
Jules White .... producer
Cinematography by
L. William O'Connell  (as L.W. O'Connell)
Film Editing by
Jerome Thoms 
Crew believed to be complete

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17 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Production number 519.See more »
Continuity: Throughout the bullfight, the bulls horns change from being white with black tips to all-black.See more »
Curly:Dear old Mexico, the warmth of your chilli will bring new zest to my breast, and vicea versa.
Moe:Can the chatter, or I'll give you new fingers in the eyes!
Curly:Have you got new ones?
Moe:*Holds up his two grubby fingers* What are these?
Moe:Those are the old ones!
Moe:They'll do!
[Pokes Curly in the eyes]
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Don't Throw That Knife (1951)See more »


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Watch Out for That Jealous Husband, 25 June 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

What's the Matador? (1942)

*** (out of 4)

The Three Stooges play a comedy act who con their way into a job in Mexico. Once there they end up making a husband incredibly jealous when they come onto his wife. Finally the trio get to perform their act but the husband just happens to be in the crowd. It seems that WHAT'S THE MATADOR? is one of the least popular shorts that the Stooges made and I can understand why some might feel that way but I've always enjoyed this one. I think you can say that there really wasn't anything too original here and it seems that the writers must have thrown this one together quickly as they were wanting to leave on vacation or something because it actually clocks in a couple minutes shorter than most in the series. With that said, the boys running into a jealous husband has always been a subject matter that I've enjoyed in the series. I thought the first run-in with the husband was hilarious and things got even better when the boys find themselves in his bedroom constantly trying to hide from him. The second half of the short has Moe and Larry inside a bull costume with Curly playing the matador and of course a real bull gets in the ring. Fans of the Stooges should find some good laughs to be had.

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