Bullfighter and the Lady, The (1951): Budd Boetticher’s Personal Film

Budd Boetticher’s The Bullfight and the Lady is a personal film in the sense that it reflects the director’s 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 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, who soon will establish herself as a reliable character actress in ”High Noon” (1952).

Oscar Nominations: 1

Motion Picture Story: Budd Boetticher and Ray Nazarro

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

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