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Beauty and the Bull (1954)

Approved | | Short, Action, Sport | 24 December 1954 (USA)
While vacationing in Mexico, fashion model Bette Ford attends a bullfight and a bull breeding ranch event. She becomes intrigued with the art of bullfighting and gets training leading to her first professional appearance in the bullring.

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Complete credited cast:
... Bette Ford
... Narrator (voice)
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Pepe Ortiz ... Himself
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While vacationing in Mexico, model Bette Ford---yes, that one---and her girl friends attend a bull fight. They also visit a matador's ranch, where Ford braves the charges of a week-old bull...uh...calf. That convinces her she should become a bull fighter, and she travels throughout Mexico, taking formal training and fighting bulls on ranches and at small fairs. Basically, a travelogue with a story featuring a pretty model. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Boring Short but Great Looking
25 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Beauty and the Bull (1954)

** (out of 4)

Rather bizarre short from Warner features Bette Ford going down to Mexico where at first she's shocked by the idea of bullfighting. Matador Pepe Ortiz then takes her back to his place where he teaches her to the tricks and soon Ford is fighting her own bull. BEAUTY AND THE BULL somehow received an Oscar-nomination when it was released and I'm going to guess it was because of the Technicolor and not anything that actually happens in the film itself. The film is a pretty boring affair clocking in just under 20-minutes and while watching it I had a hard time figuring out what the point was. This was Ford's first film so perhaps the studio was just wanting to show her off but if that's true then the subject matter seems strange. What we basically get is her working out with Ortiz while the narrator talks about her emotions and thoughts. The only thing this film has going for it is some downright beautiful cinematography that really jumps off the screen. The Technicolor is extremely rich and detailed and just look at all the terrific colors captured during the scenes in the stands.


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