Film Review: ‘The Brave One’ (1956)

A kid's love for his pet themes this sentimentally moving story of a small Mexican boy who raises a fighting bull. Told against some magnificent CinemaScope photography of the below-the-border setting, it's a picture of overall appeal.

With:
Michel Ray Rodolfo Hoyos Elsa Cardenas Carlos Navarro Joi Lansing Fermin Rivera

A kid’s love for his pet themes this sentimentally moving story of a small Mexican boy who raises a fighting bull. Told against some magnificent CinemaScope photography of the below-the-border setting, it’s a picture of overall appeal.

 

The sensitive script was taken from a Robert Rich [pseudonym for blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo] story based on an actual bullring incident that occurred in the Plaza de Toros in Barcelona in 1936 when a bull of much bravery and heart was pardoned to his young master.

 

Plot is the touching account of a young Mexican farm boy who raises a pet bull, only to have it taken away from him when the ranch owner is accidentally killed and the stock sold off. The bull is shipped to the Plaza de Mexico to face Fermin Rivera, matador playing himself.

 

There’s some near schmaltz, along with the sensitivity, in the screenplay, but because of the warm, tender aspects, the touches of human comedy and the exciting bullring finale, most viewers won’t find the tendency to over-sentimentality objectionable. Irving Rapper’s direction is sure-handed in the assorted aspects of the plot.

Film Review: 'The Brave One' (1956)

Production: RKO. Director Irving Rapper; Producer Maurice King, Frank King; Screenplay Harry Franklin, Merrill G. White; Camera Jack Cardiff; Editor Merrill G. White; Music Victor Young

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: Michel Ray Rodolfo Hoyos Elsa Cardenas Carlos Navarro Joi Lansing Fermin Rivera

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