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The Bullfighters

1945 1h 1m Comedy List
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Stan (Stan Laurel) and Ollie (Oliver Hardy) are private eyes who arrive in Mexico in pursuit of a larcenous lady, but they get sidetracked by the fawning attention given to Stan. It turns out he is the spitting image of a world-famous bullfighter who is represented by an amoral promoter named "Hot Shot" Coleman (Richard Lane), who has several grumpy associates. After a series of misadventures, the boys are on the run, and Stan finds himself on the verge of stepping into the arena. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The funny film falters badly in the final reel, with a really dumb and not too funny ending. Rated: B Jul 24, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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Denny S Laurel and Hardy's last American film ("The Bullfighters" 1945) is the last of a dismal lot of films that the boys did for Fox, where their familiar characters all but vanished under the Fox assembly line process of interchangable, generic scripts which could have been played by anybody. However, in this final film in the contract, Stan was finally given more input and reportedly directed a few scenes. The result is the best of the lot, which is still a far cry from their classic work for Hal Roach. Stan was fond of "freak endings" and this film has the freakiest L&H ending of all time, suggesting Stan's influence. Age was also catching up with the boys, as Stan was 55 and Ollie 53. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 11/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A real laurel and hardy movie from that period when they were used as B movie attractions, mostly out of character. No depressing subplot helping the young lovers fight the bad guys, just traditional stuff involving Stan and his look alike bullfighter , in Mexico. Typically , opportunity after opportunity for doing it right , fly out the window , but the whole deal hangs together pretty good. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Perhaps one of the least satisfying Laurel and Hardy ventures; the impact of their transition to Fox Studios is evident in the relaxed pace of the narrative, despite Laurel writing and directing some scenes. The film isn't a complete write-off, with some laugh-out-loud moments, but their limited improvisation and an annoying Diosa Costello makes this one, their last released in the United States, difficult to highly recommend. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member one of the best out of the fox era. but not one of best all around. some good bits in here thou Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member A fun movie to watch just like all Laurel & Hardy movies are but The Bullfighters arent 1 of there best Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member pretty good but not of their best. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Stan (Stan Laurel) and Ollie (Oliver Hardy) are private eyes who arrive in Mexico in pursuit of a larcenous lady, but they get sidetracked by the fawning attention given to Stan. It turns out he is the spitting image of a world-famous bullfighter who is represented by an amoral promoter named "Hot Shot" Coleman (Richard Lane), who has several grumpy associates. After a series of misadventures, the boys are on the run, and Stan finds himself on the verge of stepping into the arena.
Director
Malcolm St. Clair
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Sep 12, 2006
Runtime
1h 1m