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Movies and Bullfights Are Spice of Life for S.D. Border Straddler
[San Diego County Edition]
Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Love, Syd
Date: Apr 3, 1990
Start Page: 1
Section: View; PART-E; View Desk
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[Ruben Padilla] arranged for the matadors. And so Wayne financed "The Bullfighter and the Lady" with a $450,000 budget ("A lot of money then," Padilla said). Padilla portrayed the impresario in a cast that included Robert Stack, Gilbert Roland, Katy Jurado and Virginia Grey. It was filmed in Mexico City. Naturally, there was an occasional party.

Padilla portrayed [Singer Pedro Vargas] in [Budd Boetticher]'s film "Wings of the Hawk," starring Van Heflin; was adviser for the bullfight sequence in "Mexican Hayride" with Abbott and Costello; was assistant to the producer in "The War Wagon," filmed in Mexico with Kirk Douglas; was in Boetticher's documentary, "[Carlos Arruza]," narrated by Anthony Quinn, whom Padilla met at Hotel Caesar, naturally, "in the early 1940s," and enjoyed his most important role as the detective in the Mexican-Italian movie "Bus Ride."

PHOTO: [Ruben Dario] Padilla Colon y [Magallanes] reflects on his 80 years of life.; PHOTO: Old friends [John Wayne] and Padilla in 1970 at Calexico airport.; PHOTO: Padilla with a 1959 picture showing him in full costume during the shooting of "The Alamo." / DON BARTLETTI / Los Angeles Times; PHOTO: RUBEN PADILLA; PHOTO: Dancer Tongolele with Ruben Dario Padilla Colon y Magallanes.

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