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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.


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


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




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


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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Film debut (uncredited) of Rory Calhoun. See more »


When Conchita is teaching Muldoon how to dance, she inexplicably goes from Step 2 to Step 4, omitting Step 3 entirely. See more »


Hot Shot Coleman: [on the telephone] Get me Richard K. Muldoon!
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Spoofed in Twee Handen Op Een Buik (2007) See more »


Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
In the score during the egg scenes
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The Bullfighters was as good a farewell as could be for Laurel & Hardy's last American movie
2 February 2019 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Ironic this became the last film Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy made in Hollywood-and for 20th Century-Fox-as it was a definite improvement to those other post-Hal Roach movies from the previous five years. No longer do they have to deal with gangsters or spies, certainly what a relief to no longer have to also support any romantic couples, that's for sure! No, Stan & Ollie are once again left to their own devices in dealing with a cruel world. They're detectives here in Mexico where they're attempting to snag a woman while someone else they earlier prosecuted has threatened to skin them alive if he sees them again! It's only because of a fast-talking go-between man named Hotshot Coleman (Richard Lane who has great chemistry with Stan & Ollie) that the boys mostly manage to avoid Richard K. Muldoon (Ralph Sanford). In this one, Stan plays both himself and a bullfighter named Don Sebastian. Also appearing were Carol Andrews-the woman L & H are looking for-who participates in perhaps one of the funniest sequences in the movie, a reprise of the boys' "egg battle" sequence they previously did with Lupe Velez in Hollywood Party, and Hispanic bombshell Diosa Costello who performs her sexy song-and-dance act here. She was previously a partner with one Desi Arnaz before he met Lucille Ball. One more supporting player worth mentioning is Edward Gargan who is active in another "tit for tat" sequence involving Hardy. I initially saw this movie 25 years ago on VHS and I enjoyed it then and still do now especially since the DVD version I just watched also had a fine commentary track by Scott MacGillivray, author of the book-"Laurel & Hardy: From the Forties Forward".

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May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stierkämpfer wider Willen See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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