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The Bullfighters (1945)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Musical | May 1945 (USA)
Bumbling detective Stan Laurel disguises himself as a famous matador in order to hide from the vengeful Richard K. Muldoon, who spent time in prison on Stan's bogus testimony.

Directors:

Malcolm St. Clair (as Mal St. Clair), Stan Laurel (uncredited)

Writer:

Scott Darling (original screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan / Don Sebastian
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Margo Woode Margo Woode ... Señorita Tangerine
Richard Lane ... 'Hot Shot' Coleman
Carol Andrews Carol Andrews ... Hattie Blake
Diosa Costello ... Conchita
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Storyline

The boys are detectives working in Mexico. Laurel happens to resemble a famous matador who has disappeared, and he is enlisted to replace him in the bullring. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stierkämpfer wider Willen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy won the Rodriguez Good Neighbor Scroll, a popularity award in Mexico, Fox wanted to put them in a story set in that country. It never came about. See more »

Goofs

Stan Laurel's scenes as Don Sebastian are dubbed by a Spanish-accented baritone voice in order to help the audience distinguish the two characters. However, in the scene in which the real matador says "Gracias," Laurel's real voice inexplicably remains. See more »

Quotes

Hot Shot Coleman: [on the telephone] Get me Richard K. Muldoon!
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Connections

Spoofed in Twee Handen Op Een Buik (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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A decent and watchable final American film for Laurel and Hardy
24 May 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Of all the six films Laurel and Hardy made for Fox Studios, THE BULLFIGHTERS is probably the second best of the lot and as such wasn't a bad way for the team to finish their last American film. Too bad they later decided to star in the rather dismal ATOLL K for a French studio.

For years, I assumed that all the films the team made post-Hal Roach Studios were bad. However, I recently finished watching all their RKO, MGM and Fox films and found them much more enjoyable than I'd anticipated. Now this isn't to say that they were great or nearly up to the quality standards of the Roach films--they weren't. But at least they were pleasant little films (aside from the dreadful THE BIG NOISE and perhaps THE DANCING MASTERS).

I think the reason why THE BULLFIGHTERS was such a watchable film is because the team had more say-so in the film and it was a bit more fun than the rather dull previous films (excepting JITTERBUGS). While a couple of the routines were unfortunately copies of fights from earlier films (such as BIG BUSINESS, TIT FOR TAT and Hollywood PARTY), the rest of the film was rather amusing. About the only let-up was towards the end when the whole film seemed to just degenerate into a riot. Fortunately, however, there was a bit more to the film and the final scene is really creepy--but also very creative and funny.

As I said before, not a great film but fortunately not one that was beneath them or embarrassing. Plus, unlike so many of these 40s films, there is no stupid sub-plot to get in the way--just lots of Laurel and Hardy. A pretty decent send-off from their American film career.


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