Bullfighter and the Lady, The (1951) B
Budd Boetticher’s Oscar-nominated “The Bullfight and the Lady” is a personal film in the sense that it reflects his love of bullfighting and all things Mexican.
Directed and co-written by Boetticher and Ray Nazarro, the drama was produced by John Wayne’s company, Batjac (released by Republic).
Robert Stack plays the cocky American Chuck Regan, who travels to Mexico and falls in love with the sultry Anita de la Vega (Joy Page).
To impress her with his masculinity and prowess, he convinces the matador Manolo Estrada (Gilbert Roland) to mentor him in the arts and skills of bullfighting. But Chuck’s carelessness causes the tragic death of Manolo, resulting in his being shunned by the villagers, including Anita.
Motivated by his passionate love for Anita, and wishing to rdeem himself and regain respect by the villagers, Chuck reenters the arena, taking on a bull in Manolo’s honor.
The film features the Mexican-born actress Katy Jurado, as Chelo Estrada, who soon will make aname for herself as a reliable supporting actress in pictures like “High Noon.”
Oscar Nominations: 1
Motion Picture Story: Budd Boetticher and Ray Nazarro
Oscar Awards: None
The winners of the Motion Picture Story were Paul Dehn and James Bernard for “Seven Days to Noon.”
Running time: 87 Minutes.
Directed by Budd Boetticher
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