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The Bullfighters (1945)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Musical | May 1945 (USA)
Bumbling detective Stan Laurel disguises himself as a famous matador in order to hide from the vengeful Richard K. Muldoon, who spent time in prison on Stan's bogus testimony.

Directors:

Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal St. Clair), Stan Laurel (uncredited)

Writer:

Scott Darling (original screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan / Don Sebastian
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Margo Woode Margo Woode ... Señorita Tangerine
Richard Lane ... 'Hot Shot' Coleman
Carol Andrews Carol Andrews ... Hattie Blake
Diosa Costello ... Conchita
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Storyline

The boys are detectives working in Mexico. Laurel happens to resemble a famous matador who has disappeared, and he is enlisted to replace him in the bullring. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stierkämpfer wider Willen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mexican actress Diosa Costello was fortuitously visiting someone at 20th Century-Fox when she was spotted and cast in this film as an afterthought. Even though she already had a strong Mexican accent, she was asked to exaggerate it in her dialogue delivery. See more »

Goofs

When Richard K. Muldoon finally realizes that Don Sebastian is really Stan Laurel, he refers to him as "Hardy." The scene was not reshot or redubbed. See more »

Quotes

Oliver: [as a skeleton] Well, Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!
Stanley Laurel: [as a skeleton, whining] But I couldn't help it! You always picked on me!
Oliver: Come on, Let's go back to Peoria where we belong.
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Connections

Edited from Blood and Sand (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

How Dry I Am
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Traditional
In the score for Stan's drunk scene
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Stan & Ollie's American Farewell
11 January 2003 | by BJJ-2See all my reviews

Laurel & Hardy's last American film is also probably the best(or more accurately,least worst)of their post-Hal Roach movies.One positive aspect,unlike their previous Fox/MGM wartime efforts,is that there are scenes in the film which are reasonably in character,as likeable innocents,and not complete idiots. A reworking of the egg-breaking sequence from HOLLYWOOD PARTY(1934)works quite well,as does a water-throwing routine.Arguably the best moments in the film are with cult character actor Hank Worden,who while registering at the hotel says he can't write("He's forging my name!",Stan protests!). Where the film falters is with supposed villain Ralph Sanford.Walter Long,Rychard Cramer,Charlie Hall and James Finlayson were both menacing and funny in the Roach films,but in this film,Sanford is neither despite his bulky frame.Former Radio announcer Richard Lane is good though,but the film falters in it's second half with a hackneyed 'double' story;namely Stan being a lookalike for the great bullfighter Don Sebastian.And for the first time since their earliest silent days,Fox's make-up department do away with their comic hairstyles.Still,the film brightens up with an amusing 'freak' ending,which Stan liked to employ occasionally with the Hal Roach studios.Not a good film,but certainly a tolerable one compared to A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO(1942) and THE DANCING MASTERS(1943).


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