Tommy the Toreador

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Tommy the Toreador
"Tommy the Toreador".jpg
Original UK poster
Directed by John Paddy Carstairs
Produced by George H. Brown
Written by George H. Brown
Patrick Kirwan
Sid Colin
Nicholas Phipps
Talbot Rothwell
Starring Tommy Steele
Janet Munro
Sid James
Bernard Cribbins
Music by Stanley Black
Cinematography Gilbert Taylor
Edited by Peter Bezencenet
George H. Brown Productions (as Fanfare)
Distributed by Warner-Pathé Distributors(UK)
Release date
21 December 1959 (London) (UK)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Tommy the Toreador is a 1959 British musical comedy film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Tommy Steele, Janet Munro, Sid James, Bernard Cribbins, Noell Purcell and Kenneth Williams.[1] A British ship docks in Spain and Tommy, a sailor from London tries his hand as a bullfighter.[2] Along the way he finds time to sing "Tommy the Toreador" and "Little White Bull" (Lionel Bart, Michael Pratt, Jimmy Bennett).[3]


Critical reception[edit]

In The Radio Times, Tom Vallance gave the film three out of five stars, and wrote, "perky pop star Tommy Steele, a former seaman himself, plays the part of a sailor in this lively and likeable musical comedy";[4] while Variety called the film "a brisk, disarming little comedy." [5]


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  2. ^ "Tommy the Toreador (1959) | BFI". Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Tommy The Toreador Review". 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Tommy the Toreador | Film review and movie reviews". Radio Times. 2013-04-08. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  5. ^ "Tommy the Toreador". Variety. 1958-12-31. Retrieved 2014-07-24.