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Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)

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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anita de la Vega
Manolo Estrada
Virginia Grey ...
Lisbeth Flood
John Hubbard ...
Barney Flood
Chelo Estrada
Antonio Gomez ...
Antonio Gómez
Ismael Pérez ...
Rodolfo Acosta ...
Ruben Padilla ...
Darío Ramírez ...
Pepe Mora
Luis Briones ...
Himself, Torero
Luís Castro ...
Himself, Torero
Ricardo Torres 'Bombita' ...
Himself, Torero (archive footage)
Alfonso Ramírez Calesero ...
Himself, Torero


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 <>

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A Fiery Romantic Story of...Courageous Men and Beautiful Women Who Played the Most Dangerous Game on Earth! (original six-sheet poster) See more »


Drama | Romance | Sport


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26 April 1951 (USA)  »

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Torero  »

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Aspect Ratio:

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See the 124 minute version!
19 September 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I recently caught the 124 restored version of "Bullfighter and the Lady," and thought it was excellent. I believe the 87 minute version left out much of the actual bullfighting scenes which is a real tragedy. The bullfighting scenes are shockingly real--almost documentary-like and add quite a bit of texture and reality to the movie. Boetticher was a bullfighter and his knowledge and love of the sport shows through.

I was also quite impressed with the cast, including Robert Stack who, I must admit, I never had really thought was much of an actor. Gilbert Roland, as Stack's mentor, is tremendous as is Joy Page and, especially, the wonderful Katy Jurado.

There is an interesting use of sound also. Boetticher effectively uses thunder as an ominous counterpoint during two key scenes in the movie.

Highly recommended in the 124 minute, restored version.

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