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Tommy The Toreador (1959)

Lively and enjoyable lightweight musical comedy starring Tommy Steele as a seaman in Spain who takes the place of a bullfighter.

Young seafarer Tommy Tomkins (Steele) docks in Spain, and whilst returning to his ship he breaks the fall of renowned bullfighter Parilla.

When the bullfighter is set up by a bunch of smugglers to take the rap for their crimes, Tomkins is persuaded by crooked bullfight promoters Cadena (Sid James) and Paco (Bernard Cribbins) to stand in for Parillaas the ‘English Matador’.

Tomkins hopes to win a fortune as the stand-in toreador and get back to England with girlfriend Amanda (Janet Munro).

Steele, a real-life former merchant seaman, produces an energetic performance interspersed with a nicely varied collection of songs including the Top 10 chart hit Little White Bull.

Support comes from Janet Munro‘s attractive presence and a host of comedy cameos from familiar faces including Sid James, Eric Sykes, Bernard Cribbins and Kenneth Williams.

Tommy Tomkins
Tommy Steele
Amanda

Janet Munro
Cadena

Sid James
Paco

Bernard Cribbins
Captain

Noel Purcell
Parilla

Virgilio Teixeira
Inspector Quintero

Jose Nieto
Lopez

Ferdy Mayne
Jose

Harold Kasket
Vice-Consul

Kenneth Williams
Martin

Eric Sykes

Director
John Paddy Carstairs

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