Sappy Bull Fighters
|Sappy Bull Fighters|
|Directed by||Jules White|
|Produced by||Jules White|
|Written by||Saul Ward
George J. Lewis
|Editing by||Harold White|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||15' 12"|
The Stooges are vaudeville entertainers who trek to Mexico to perform their gag bull fight shtick, with Joe as the brave matador, and Moe and Larry dressed in a bull costume. Unfortunately, their gig is cancelled once they arrive, leaving them stranded. Feeling bad for them, attractive señorita Greta (Greta Thyssen) gets the boys a gig at the local bull ring. Joe is so ecstatic that he plants a kiss right on Greta's cheek, much to the chagrin of her jealous husband José (George J. Lewis).
In an act of revenge, José pays the bullring attendant (Joe Palma) to release a live bull into the ring. Moe and Larry flee the ring, but Joe is unaware of the switch. He eventually head-butts the wild animal, and is paraded out of the ring to the rousing cheers of "Olé, Americano!"
Sappy Bull Fighters is a reworking of 1942's What's the Matador?. Minimal recycled footage from the original was used, including far shots (and "woo woo woo" 's) of Curly Howard riding the bull. The film is a parody of the 1941 film Blood and Sand.
Though filmed in autumn 1957, this film was not released until nearly two years later. By that time, the Stooges were experiencing a rebirth in popularity, due to the release of their shorts on television. In essence, the June 1959 release of Sappy Bull Fighters actually competed with the enormously successful television revival.
- Solomon, Jon. (2002) The Complete Three Stooges: The Official Filmography and Three Stooges Companion, p. 209; Comedy III Productions, Inc., ISBN 0-9711868-0-4