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Language: English
Category: Movie / Comedy / Short
Original Title: Whatu0027s the Matador?
Director: Jules White
Writers: Jack White,Saul Ward
Released: 1942
Duration: 17min
Video type: Movie
The stooges are actors traveling to perform at a fiesta in Mexico. After they accidentally switch suitcases with that of Dolores, a lovely senorita they met on trip down, they must sneak into her house to retrieve their suitcase. When they are confronted by her jealous husband he vows to kill them if he sees them again. At the fiesta where they are performing a comedy bullfight (Curly is the matador, Moe and Larry are in a bull costume) the husband bribes the attendants to let a real bull into the ring. Curly knocks the bull out with a head butt and becomes a hero.
Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard Curly Howard - Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine Larry Fine - Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard Moe Howard - Moe (as Moe)
Suzanne Kaaren Suzanne Kaaren - Dolores Sanchez
Harry Burns Harry Burns - Jose Sanchez
Dorothy Appleby Dorothy Appleby - O'Brien's Secretary

Don Zelaya's instruction's roughly translated from Spanish have him telling the Stooges to go left then right and then go jump in the river.

Production number 519.

Reviews: [5]

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    It's those kind of puns in the subject head above that make this Stooges-in-Mexico short humorous at times, but overall it is not one of their more memorable movies although it could have been given the Mexican locale.

    Mostly it's just the normal Moe sticking his figures in Curly's eyes type slapstick. The skit in which the boys have no clue what the Mexican is saying because he speaks Spanish is lame and goes on too long.

    Suzanne Kaaren as "Dolores Sanchez," was pretty; kind of a poor man's Rita Hayworth with her hairstyle, body and looks. She was offered a role as a Ziegfield girl at the tender age of 15, and then later had her legs insured for a million the Rita Hayworth comparison wasn't exaggerated, although Rita was.......well, Rita.

    I was hoping the bullfight scenes at the end of this Stooges short would be hilarious but they were only so-so, and should have been funnier. Overall, this was okay - I did laugh out loud a few times - but not one of the more laugh-producing shorts the boys made over the years.
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    What's the Matador? (1942)

    *** (out of 4)

    The Three Stooges play a comedy act who con their way into a job in Mexico. Once there they end up making a husband incredibly jealous when they come onto his wife. Finally the trio get to perform their act but the husband just happens to be in the crowd. It seems that WHAT'S THE MATADOR? is one of the least popular shorts that the Stooges made and I can understand why some might feel that way but I've always enjoyed this one. I think you can say that there really wasn't anything too original here and it seems that the writers must have thrown this one together quickly as they were wanting to leave on vacation or something because it actually clocks in a couple minutes shorter than most in the series. With that said, the boys running into a jealous husband has always been a subject matter that I've enjoyed in the series. I thought the first run-in with the husband was hilarious and things got even better when the boys find themselves in his bedroom constantly trying to hide from him. The second half of the short has Moe and Larry inside a bull costume with Curly playing the matador and of course a real bull gets in the ring. Fans of the Stooges should find some good laughs to be had.
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    "What's the Matador?", directed by Jules White, is a mediocre Three Stooges short that deals with a controversial topic: bullfighting. Actually, the "bull" in this case is Moe & Larry inside a bull costume, with Curly as the fearless matador, that is until a real bull shows up in the ring. As a consolation for Stooge fans who are not fond of bullfights, the real bull is not killed at the end of this film; Curly merely knocks it unconscious as he and the bull charge toward each other and conk their heads.

    Highlights: Talent agent Shamus O'Brien (John Tyrrell) tells the Stooges to shut up while he's on the phone; of course, the guy on the other line thinks it was meant for HIM, forcing O'Brien to give an embarrassing explanation! (This gag was used a couple years later in another Stooge short titled "No Dough Boys" [1944], again with John Tyrrell.) The Stooges think the word "siesta" is actually "see Esta," and they come across a heavyset Mexican gentleman who gives them directions in Spanish, which they of course do not comprehend. During the bullfight, the real bull pokes its horns into Curly's rear end, sending him flying in the air and landing on the bull's back, just in time for a little ride! When the insanely jealous Jose (Harry Burns) pulls Curly away from his wife Delores (Suzanne Kaaren) at the bus stop, Curly says a word that somehow evaded the censors; he says it again moments later when Moe gives him an eye-poke. And finally, Curly gives perhaps his best scream of pain when Jose pulls out a few of his arm hairs.

    In closing, "What's the Matador?" might be popular among Stooge fans as the "bullfighting short" with Curly (it was remade with Joe Besser in the late fifties), but as good as it sounds, it does not rank high on the laugh scale. One gag in particular, that of Curly tossing his matador hat up in the air, is meant to be funny but just isn't, and the fact that the audience doesn't respond confirms it! Anyhow, the film is still a good one and should not be overlooked.
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    The Sinners from Mitar

    This is one of the funniest of all the Stooge classics. No wonder various elements of this short have been used in many Stooge shorts that came out in later years. I especially loved the scenes with the Stooges and Jose. Jose is the ultimate jealous husband. He is such a paranoid individual that he would probably kill a man just for looking at his wife. But the scene that really makes this film is, of course, the bullfighting scene, especially Curly's reaction that the bull is real and not Moe and Larry in a bull costume. That scene alone makes this a classic.
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    The Three Stooges has always been some of the many actors that I have loved. I love just about every one of the shorts that they have made. I love all six of the Stooges (Curly, Shemp, Moe, Larry, Joe, and Curly Joe)! All of the shorts are hilarious and also star many other great actors and actresses which a lot of them was in many of the shorts! In My opinion The Three Stooges is some of the greatest actors ever and is the all time funniest comedy team!

    This is one of My favorite Three Stooges shorts with Curly! All Appearing in this short are Suzanne Kaaren, Harry Burns, Dorothy Appleby, Eddie Laughton, Cy Schindell, John Tyrrell, Bert Young, and Don Zelaya! This one is so hilarious! Curly has a great performance here and in My opinion its one of his best. There is another one similar like this with Joe Besser called Sappy Bullfighters and I strongly recommend both of these classic Three Stooges shorts!