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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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1.37 : 1
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The aircraft the three women are shown disembarking from is a Douglas DC-6B, registration XA-JOT, built in 1950. It was still flying for the airline in 1969 when, on July 26 while on a domestic flight from Mexico City to Merida, it was successfully hijacked and flown to Havana, Cuba. It was subsequently sold to Avianca and then scrapped in 1972. See more »

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Bette Ford Immerses Herself In Mexican Culture
2 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Three young women from the U.S. visit Mexico and enjoy the sights. While there, they visit the ranch of a celebrated matador, where she enters a small ring and faces a calf. After the calf runs her down, she has a transformative moment in which she decides to train for the ring.

This premise is bizarre, especially since Bette was the one who saw bullfighting as barbaric.

The entire 20-minute film feels like it was financed by the Mexican Tourist Board. Regardless, there are shots of pretty scenery and a beautiful young model. I would not be surprised if tourism to Mexico increased in the next few years. Everything looks so pleasant and colorful--like the spontaneous fiestas and the vendors selling tortillas along the sidewalks.


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