Naked City: Season 1, Episode 26

A Running of Bulls (24 Mar. 1959)

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The detectives are assigned to protect visiting Spaniards, including the adolescent son of the dictator and a famous bullfighter who is involved in a plot to kill the young man.

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Det. James 'Jimmy' Halloran
Horace McMahon ...
Harry Bellaver ...
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Rafael Valente
Michel Ray ...
Felipe Piedra
Felice Orlandi ...
Luis
Gloria Marlowe ...
Nurse Castana
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The detectives are assigned to protect visiting Spaniards, including the adolescent son of the dictator and a famous bullfighter who is involved in a plot to kill the young man.

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Narrator: Every Sunday at four, in cities from Mexico to Argentina, on rings of sand heated by blood and the sun, there is a running of bulls, a 'corrida de toros.' Some have dignity and passion; others are marked by butchery and fear. But all end in death, death with a sword, or death on the horse. This is a story of a running not of bulls, but of people; and not in the arena to the sound of trumpets from the stands, but in a hotel suite with the sound of traffic on the street below.
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I don't have the stomach for this!
4 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS**** With the planned assassination of a brutal dictator of an unnamed South American country in the works it's also planned to have his 14 year old son and heir apparent to get knocked off at the very same time as some kind of symbolic jester on the assassins part.The plan to knock off junior Felipe Piedra, Michel Ray, is to take place in a midtown Manhattan Hotel where he's staying in protective custody.It's non other then the most popular bullfighter or matador of the dictator's country Raphael Valebte, Michael Ansara, who's the man chosen to do the dirty and unpleasant job of killing young Felipe at the exact moment when his dad is to be killed, in being thrown to the bulls, some 3,000 miles away.

We see right away that Raphael is a bit unnerved in killing the boy who has nothing to do with his father's crimes against humanity and his own people. And were not at all surprised in how he will act when the time comes for him to do it. In him being worshiped by young Felipe it's no surprised that Raphael has access to him in his hotel room that's surrounded by a squad of NYC policemen. But when push comes to shove in Raphael mission to run the boy through with his sword he in fact chickens out. That's right after the news that Felipe's father had been killed in the bull ring by both being gored by a bull and stabbed by his people at the same time.

***SPOILERS*** Shocking climax with the once fearless bullfighter Raphael Valente suffering a total meltdown and running himself through with his matador sword as his fellow assassins burst into young Felip's hotel room. As we all saw Raphael had no problem facing death in the bull ring but when it came to kill in cold blood an innocent young boy he took to hard not easy way out. That's by him bravely falling on that very sword that he was to run young Felipe through with!


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