GenreComedy, Short DistributorColumbia Pictures LanguageEnglish
WriterSaul Ward, Jack White Release dateApril 23, 1942 (1942-04-23) GenresShort Film, Comedy, Black-and-white CastCurly Howard (Curly), Suzanne Kaaren (Dolores Sanchez), Harry Burns (Jose Sanchez), Dorothy Appleby (O'Brien's Secretary) Three Stooges Films moviesWhats the Matador? and Matri-Phony are part of the same movie series, Whats the Matador? and Cactus Makes Perfect are part of the same movie series, Whats the Matador? and Three Smart Saps are part of the same movie series, Whats the Matador? and Loco Boy Makes Good are part of the same movie series, Whats the Matador? and Boobs in Arms are part of the same movie series
Whats the Matador? is the 62nd short subject starring American slapstick comedy team the Three Stooges. The trio made a total of 190 shorts for Columbia Pictures between 1934 and 1959.
The stooges are actors traveling to perform at a fiesta in Mexico. After they accidentally switch suitcases with that of Dolores, a lovely senorita they met on trip down, they must sneak into her house to retrieve their suitcase. When they are confronted by her jealous husband he vows to kill them if he sees them again. At the fiesta where they are performing a comedy bullfight (Curly is the matador, Moe and Larry are in a bull costume) the husband bribes the attendants to let a real bull into the ring. Curly knocks the bull out with a head butt and becomes a hero.
The Stooges are vaudeville entertainers who trek to Mexico to perform their gag bull fight shtick, with Curly as the brave matador, and Moe and Larry dressed in a bull costume. Along the way, they cross paths with attractive senorita Dolores Sanchez (Suzanne Kaaren). They also cross paths with her evil jealous and hot-tempered man-hating husband named Jose (Harry Burns). In an act of revenge on Curly for flirting with Dolores, Jose pays the bullring attendants to release a live bull into the ring. Moe and Larry flee the ring, but Curly is unaware of the switch. He eventually head-butts the wild animal, and is paraded out of the ring to the rousing cheers of "Ole, Americano!"