The Magnificent Matador

The Magnificent Matador is a 1955 American drama film directed by Budd Boetticher and written by Budd Boetticher and Charles Lang. The film stars Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn, Manuel Rojas, Richard Denning, Thomas Gomez, Lola Albright, William Ching and an early appearance of Stuart Whitman. The film was released on May 24, 1955, by 20th Century Fox.[1][2]

The Magnificent Matador
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBudd Boetticher
Produced byEdward L. Alperson
Screenplay byBudd Boetticher
Charles Lang
StarringMaureen O'Hara
Anthony Quinn
Manuel Rojas
Richard Denning
Thomas Gomez
Lola Albright
William Ching
Music byRaoul Kraushaar
CinematographyLucien Ballard
Edited byRichard Cahoon
Edward L. Alperson Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • May 24, 1955 (1955-05-24)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States




Budd Boetticher said he wrote the film for Quinn who had "won two Academy Awards, and he couldn't get a job. So I wrote a script, and the studio changed the title to The Magnificent Matador, which is about the worst title you can imagine. He was typed; he couldn't get work, so I wrote a script in which he was the star. Maureen O'Hara played the opposite lead; she was great, the greatest lady I ever worked with. The picture was OK, but I was happier about what it did for Anthony Quinn. We put him in a that gold suit, and he was a star! He wasn't a star in Viva Zapata (1952), he was a character actor, and The Magnificent Matador made him a star of the first magnitude."[3]


  1. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1955-05-25). "Movie Review - The Magnificent Matador - Screen: Bulls Sans Fight; ' Magnificent Matador' Shows Little of Peril". Retrieved 2015-04-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "The Magnificent Matador (1955) - Overview". 1955-05-24. Retrieved 2015-04-11. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Budd Boetticher: The Last Interview Wheeler, Winston Dixon. Film Criticism; Meadville Vol. 26, Iss. 3, (Spring 2002): 52-0_3.

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