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Complete credited cast:
Olimpia Segura
Carlos Matabosch
Francisco Carbonell
Hattie Jacques ...
Trinity Martinez
Silvestre Flores
Kenneth Griffith ...
Pepe Gamazo
Eugenio Gomez (as Alfredo Lettieri)
Luis Castillo
John Wells ...
Pompadour Major Domo
Don Lurio ...
Ramon Gonzales


Unsuccessful singing bullfighter Juan arrives in Barcelona to try his luck in a big town. He finally persuades a devious local impresario to book him, but only on the condition that Juan first manages to spend an evening with Olimpia, a "shrewd merciless beauty" who seems effortlessly to collect apartments and Maserati sports cars while leaving a trail of broken hearts behind her. Juan approaches the challenge by pretending to her he is an emissary for a rich count. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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15 September 1967 (Finland)  »

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Le bobo  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Peter Sellers was legendarily difficult during the making of this film, even falling out with Kenneth Griffith, one of his best friends. He was most hostile towards director Robert Parrish, and made determined efforts, not merely to undermine him, but to replace him as director. Until a short time before the film's release, it seemed that he would get a co-director credit. But eventually, Parrish got sole credit - some have unkindly suggested that Sellers waived his claim because he knew the film would be a critical and financial disaster (which it was). See more »


Olimpia has locked Pepe Gamazo out of his apartment. In the opening scene, Pepe chases her from the street in an attempt to reenter his apartment. Before he begins running, his long straight hair has a distinct part on the left side that exposes a large portion of his bare forehead. However, Olimpia beats him to the door. When Pepe reaches the apartment door, his hair is now windblown so that the part no longer shows (now resembling Moe of the Three Stooges). Yet when Olimpia looks through the peephole, his hair is neatly parted with a large portion of his forehead again visible. After she opens the door and pushes him into the elevator, he reverts back to the windblown look without parted hair. Later in another scene when Pepe knocks on the door, his hair is windblown with his forehead covered by his hair. Again, the next point of view Olimpia sees through the peephole is him with neatly parted hair and his forehead exposed. See more »


Juan Bautista: [Reoccurring theme] Meanwhile, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your kindnesses and, also, for the delicious cheese sandwiches.
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Referenced in The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) See more »


Music by Francis Lai
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
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Clouseau comes of age
2 August 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Along with the Party, the Bobo marks peter sellers as a great actor, and not just a comedian. It's also listed as the Blue Matador, and you will see why by the end....

This bittersweet romantic comedy tells a story of the matador aspiring to become a singer. Peter sellers, BOBO of the title, takes on a bet from a Theater owner to seduce Olympia (Britt Ekland), the most desirable courtesan in Barcelona, who has rejected all of the theatre owner's advances. The reward is that the BOBO can perform at the theater.

The semi-Clouseau sets out and steals the heart of the courtesan, much to the surprise of everyone (see, women do like nice guys). The only problem is that the courtesan finds out about the bet (ouch, nothing worse than the woman's fury).

Terrific chemistry between Sellers and then-wife Ekland that even Kubrik could not extract from Cruise-Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut.

Do not expect a Pink panther/clouseau slapstick here, although there are plenty of laughs. Its just a sweet comedy of manners that not even Woody Allen achieved.

I don't understand some reviewers hate for the ending; what did they expect from Sellers. The ending was fitting with the film and not the Hollywood styled happy endings. Still, there was enough love and respect from the protagonists to signify mutual everlasting friendship.

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