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Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 26 April 1951 (USA)
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

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Anita de la Vega
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Manolo Estrada
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Lisbeth Flood
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Barney Flood
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Chelo Estrada
Antonio Gomez ...
Antonio Gómez
Ismael Pérez ...
Panchito
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Juan
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
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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 aging matador Manolo Estrada, leads to tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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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 »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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26 April 1951 (USA)  »

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Torero  »

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A Mexican stunt man was killed by a bull while filming a bullfighting sequence. See more »

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

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La Virgen de la Macarena
Written by Bernardino Bautista Monterde and Antonio Ortiz Calero
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Good on the Corrida
10 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was surprised by this one. It is an excellent introduction to La Fiesta Brava, showing, for example, many versions of the Veronica as performed by the best Mexican matadors of the late 40s. Luis Procuna, Alfredo Leal, Silverio Perez and the great Carlos Arruza are absentees. Stack, apparently, mastered enough of the technique to perform ably with a heifer -- and that itself is not easy. The background of the corrida -- particularly the tienta (or testing) -- is well documented and the vast Plaza Mexico appears with dramatic effect -- both filled and totally empty. Some of the b/w sequences in the bullring are breathtaking. The problem with the film is Stack's character, who behaves very badly very consistently and really does not seem to learn from his vivid errors. Furthermore, he makes no effort to master even the rudiments of Spanish. Otherwise, the film is compelling. I also recommend the Azteca film of about the same period, "Torero," a documentary about Luis Procuna, starring Procuna. He does not need a stand-in. As an introduction to bullfighting that does not show much of the picing or the actual kill, I recommend "Bullfighter/Lady."


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