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Bullfighter and the Lady

Bullfighter and the Lady
Movie poster
Directed by Budd Boetticher
Produced by Budd Boetticher
John Wayne
Written by Budd Boetticher
Ray Nazarro (story)
James Edward Grant (screenplay)
Starring Robert Stack
Joy Page
Gilbert Roland
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography Jack Draper
Edited by Richard L. Van Enger
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release dates
  • April 26, 1951 (1951-04-26) (U.S.)
Running time
87/124 mins.
Country United States
Language English

Bullfighter and the Lady is a 1951 drama film directed and written by Budd Boetticher. Filmed on location in Mexico, the film focused on the realities of the dangerous sport of bullfighting. During production, one stunt man died. Boetticher, who had experience in bullfighting, used a semidocumentary approach in filming the sport and the lives of matadors.


Chuck Regan (Robert Stack), a young American film producer travels to Mexico, where he takes up bullfighting to impress a local beauty, Anita de la Vega (Joy Page). Manolo Estrada (Gilbert Roland), an aging matador, reluctantly agrees to teach the brash, self-centered Regan.



Bullfighter earned Boetticher his only Academy Award nomination, for Best Story, which he shared with co-writer Ray Nazarro. Together with Seven Men from Now, Boetticher regarded Bullfighter as one of "the two best films I ever made." [1]

The complete 124 minute version of the The Bullfighter and the Lady was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 30, 2013.

Alternate Versions

For the film's American theatrical release, Bullfighter was cut to 87 minutes in order to share a double bill. The UCLA Film Archive recently restored the film to its full 124 minute length. [2]

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