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Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)

 -  Drama | Romance | Sport  -  26 April 1951 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Johnny Regan
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Anita de la Vega
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Manolo Estrada
Virginia Grey ...
Lisbeth Flood
John Hubbard ...
Barney Flood
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Chelo Estrada
Antonio Gomez ...
Antonio Gómez
Ismael Pérez ...
Panchito
Rodolfo Acosta ...
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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mexico | matador | bullfighting | usa | tutor | See more »

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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 neglected masterpiece
15 December 2000 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

This is a beautiful, compelling and honest film. It is imbued with the good kind of machismo--notions of honor, sacrifice, and the nobility of effort. Instead of cluttering up the film with lots of story and complications, Boetticher has delved inside the heart and mind of this (to us gringos) strange sport.

My only addition to the other comments is the photography is remarkable for its era, almost an outdoor film noir, a romantic realism in black and white. (And note that in a number of shots it is clearly Robert Stack doing his own bullfighting!) I note that the film was produced by John Wayne for Republic, obviously mostly in Mexico; just one year later Republic permitted John Ford to make THE QUIET MAN in Ireland; early examples of American filmmaking in an international context.

Don't hesitate to see this extraordinary film.


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