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Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 7 June 1951 (Mexico)
Hoping to impress a beautiful senorita, an American visiting Mexico trains with a famous Mexican bullfighter and becomes a competing bullfighter himself.


Budd Boetticher


James Edward Grant (screenplay), Budd Boetticher (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Stack ... Johnny Regan
Joy Page ... Anita de la Vega
Gilbert Roland ... Manolo Estrada
Virginia Grey ... Lisbeth Flood
John Hubbard ... Barney Flood
Katy Jurado ... Chelo Estrada
Antonio Gomez Antonio Gomez ... Antonio Gómez
Ismael Pérez Ismael Pérez ... Panchito
Rodolfo Acosta ... Juan
Ruben Padilla Ruben Padilla ... Dr. Sierra
Darío Ramírez Darío Ramírez ... Pepe Mora
Luis Briones Luis Briones ... Self - Torero
Luís Castro Luís Castro ... Self - Torero
Ricardo Torres 'Bombita' Ricardo Torres 'Bombita' ... Self - Torero (archive footage)
Alfonso Ramírez Calesero Alfonso Ramírez Calesero ... Self - Torero


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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COURAGEOUS MEN and BEAUTIFUL WOMEN In The Most DANGEROUS Game On Earth! (original three-sheet poster) See more »


Drama | Romance | Sport


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A Mexican stunt man was killed by a bull while filming a bullfighting sequence. See more »

Alternate Versions

Cut to 87 minutes after premiere; recently restored to original 124-minutes length. See more »


Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »


Esta Noche (Tonight)
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Jack Elliott
Spanish lyrics by Aaron González
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Good on the Corrida
10 February 2008 | by hcoursenSee all my reviews

I was surprised by this one. It is an excellent introduction to La Fiesta Brava, showing, for example, many versions of the Veronica as performed by the best Mexican matadors of the late 40s. Luis Procuna, Alfredo Leal, Silverio Perez and the great Carlos Arruza are absentees. Stack, apparently, mastered enough of the technique to perform ably with a heifer -- and that itself is not easy. The background of the corrida -- particularly the tienta (or testing) -- is well documented and the vast Plaza Mexico appears with dramatic effect -- both filled and totally empty. Some of the b/w sequences in the bullring are breathtaking. The problem with the film is Stack's character, who behaves very badly very consistently and really does not seem to learn from his vivid errors. Furthermore, he makes no effort to master even the rudiments of Spanish. Otherwise, the film is compelling. I also recommend the Azteca film of about the same period, "Torero," a documentary about Luis Procuna, starring Procuna. He does not need a stand-in. As an introduction to bullfighting that does not show much of the picing or the actual kill, I recommend "Bullfighter/Lady."

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Release Date:

7 June 1951 (Mexico) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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