[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.