The Brave One (1956 film)

The Brave One is a 1956 drama film directed by Irving Rapper and starring Michel Ray, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr., and Elsa Cárdenas. It tells the story of a Mexican boy who tries to save his beloved bull Gitano from a deadly duel against a champion matador.

The Brave One
DVD cover
Directed byIrving Rapper
Produced byFrank King
Screenplay byHarry S. Franklin
Merrill G. White
Story byDalton Trumbo (credited as Robert Rich)
Based onCorrida de Toros Original Screenplay (170 pages) by Juan Duval; died before film production; uncredited
StarringMichel Ray
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.
Elsa Cárdenas
Carlos Navarro
Joi Lansing
Music byVictor Young
CinematographyJack Cardiff
Edited byHarry S Franklin and Merrill G. White
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • October 26, 1956 (1956-10-26)[1]
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Brave One was the last film to win the Academy Award for Best Story before the award was discontinued, and was nominated for two other Academy Awards: Best Film Editing and Best Sound Recording, but was not a box office or critical success.

The story credit was originally given to Robert Rich, a pseudonym used by Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten, who had been jailed, then blacklisted in 1947, for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. It was actually the name of the nephew of the film's producer Frank King. Initially Rich claimed authorship of the screenplay, though his uncles denied the claim.[2][3][4] The Academy Award was reissued in Trumbo's name in 1975.

According to Ted Newsom's 1991 documentary, Hollywood Dinosaurs, the film is based on "El Toro Estrella," "about a boy, a bull, and a dinosaur," upon which the film The Valley of Gwangi is based. It details the screenwriting controversy but notes that The Brave One does not include the dinosaur.



The King Brothers later sued RKO for mismanaging the distribution and sale of the film, claiming $6 million in damages.[6]

Home video

A restored version was announced to be released in 2016 on Blu-ray.

Comic book adaptation

See also


  1. "The Brave One: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  2. Alexandra Kindell; Elizabeth S. Demers Ph.D. (February 27, 2014). Encyclopedia of Populism in America: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. pp. 347–. ISBN 978-1-59884-568-6.
  3. Time Inc (April 15, 1957). LIFE. Time Inc. pp. 161–. ISSN 0024-3019.
  4. Matthew Bernstein (1999). Controlling Hollywood: Censorship and Regulation in the Studio Era. Rutgers University Press. pp. 215–. ISBN 978-0-8135-2707-9.
  5. "The 29th Academy Awards (1957) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  6. FILM GROUP FILES SUIT OF $6,030,000: King Brothers Alleges Trust Violations in 3 Releases – Doris Day in Musical By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923–Current file) [New York, N.Y] November 5, 1958: 43
  7. "Dell Four Color #773". Grand Comics Database.
  8. Dell Four Color #773 at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)
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