Bullfighter and the Lady

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

Bullfighter and the Lady is a 1951 drama romance sport film directed and written by Budd Boetticher starring Robert Stack, Joy Page and Gilbert Roland. 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[edit]

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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