Director Budd Boetticher's cut of "The Bullfighter and the Lady" runs 126 minutes. For its initial release it was cut down to 87 minutes by John Ford.
Boetticher's fascination with bullfighting led him to spend ten years (1958-1968) in Mexico working on a documentary about one of the sport's greatest toreros, Carlos Arruza. The result was the film "Arruza," but the experience proved costly for Boetticher: his marriage fell apart, he was plagued by health problems, his Hollywood career came to an end, and, most tragic of all, Arruza and several members of the director's crew were killed in an automobile accident before filming was completed. Boetticher's ordeal is movingly recounted in a book he wrote about that period, entitled "When in Disgrace."