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Mostly known for the series of seven Westerns he made with Randolph Scott in the 50’s, Boetticher also wrote and directed The Bullfigher and the Lady (1951), based on his own experience as the first American to become a professional matador in Mexico.
Despite all of his films, Boetticher’s most memorable work is an autobiography, When In Disgrace. A fragmentary attempt to penetrate the alcoholic haze clouding a delusional man’s perception, it traces a stunted career in the bullring and ‘problems’ with authority figures in Hollywood. Amazed by his own good fortune in marrying actress Debra Paget, Boetticher sets his more fascinating accounts south of the border, from getting gored in the ass by a testy toro, to days and nights in rat-infested drunk tanks. A textbook example of self-will run riot, it surely deserves a second printing. (Copies are scarce.)
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