The Cisco Kid


The Cisco Kid was a film, radio, television and comic book series based on the fictional Western character created by O. Henry in his short story "The Caballero's Way," published in 1907 in the collection Heart of the West.  The Cisco Kid character only appears in this one story, “The Caballero’s Way”. He was more infamous than famous.  He was more criminal then hero.  He may have been a non-Hispanic character and a cruel outlaw.  There is a link to an audio of O. Henry's "The Caballero's Way”, below.

 Films and television depicted the Cisco Kid as a heroic Mexican caballero. 

Four  Actors played the Cisco Kid in the movies: Warner Baxter (3 Movies),  Cesar Romero (6 Movies - one movie below), Gilbert Roland (6 Movies - 2 movies below), and Duncan Relando (8 Movies and TV - TV Programs below).

Cesar  Romero  (1907 – 1994) was a Cuban American film and television actor, who played The Joker in the 1960s television series Batman.  Romero played "Latin lovers" in films from the 1930s until the 1950s, usually in supporting roles. He starred as The Cisco Kid in six westerns made between 1939 and 1941.

Gilbert Roland (1905 - 1994) was born in Mexico and planned to become a bullfighter like his father, but these plans were shelved when his family moved to the U.S. during the Mexican Revolution. Roland began getting film work as an extra in 1918.   In the 1940s, Roland became the first and only genuine Mexican to portray the Cisco Kid onscreen.  He starred as the Cisco Kid in  6 films. 

Duncan Renaldo (1904 – 1980)  starred in 8 Hollywood Westerns as The Cisco Kid, and in 1950, he began playing the role in a popular television series that ran until 1956 (156 Episodes). In the age of black-and-white television, the show was filmed in color. As Cisco, Renaldo roamed the Old West on a black-and-white horse named Diablo. His sidekick, Pancho was played by Leo Carillo.

The Cisco Kid came to radio October 2, 1942, with Jackson Beck in the title role and Louis Sorin as Pancho. This series continued on Mutual until 1945. It was followed by another Mutual series in 1946, starring Jack Mather and Harry Lang, who continued to head the cast in the syndicated radio series of more than 600 episodes from 1947 to 1956.

The TV Series started out with the words, "O. Henry's famous Robin Hood of the old west."

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1.  Old Arizona Full Movie - Cisco Kid - Warner Baxter
This is a landmark early sound western which features an Academy Award-winning performance by Warner Baxter as O. Henry's famed Mexican outlaw, the Cisco Kid. 
Army Sergeant Mickey Dunn sets out in pursuit of the Cisco Kid (Warner Baxter), a notorious if kind-hearted and charismatic bandit of the Old West. The Kid spends much of his loot on Tonia, the woman he loves, not realizing that she is being unfaithful to him in his absence. Soon, with her oblivious paramour off plying his trade, Tonia falls in with Dunn, drawn by the allure of a substantial reward for the Kid's capture -- dead or alive. Together, they concoct a plan to ambush and do away with the Cisco Kid once and for all. 

2.  Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939) - 1st movie with Cesar Romero as The Cisco Kid:
An orphan whose father has been killed by bandits inherits a mine. Cisco Kid (Cesar Romero) saves the mine and the child and also finds the child's real mother. 
Note: In the beginning of the movie (12 min 50 sec), a baby is almost run down by a Stage Coach.  Try to figure out how it was done.

3.  Robin Hood Of Monterey (1947) Gilbert Roland - The Cisco Kid (Gilbert Roland) finds a wounded man who fled after being accused of killing his father. While he recovers Cisco investigates. He learns the murder weapon was a large bore pistol but the bullet came from a derringer. He finds the derringer belongs to the man's wife, an old acquaintance who has been on the wrong side of the law like himself. But then Cisco, a wanted man, is captured and placed before the firing squad and shot.


4.  Cisco Kid in  Ride On, Vaquero (1941) - Cesar Romero - The Cisco Kid (Cesar Romero) is captured while keeping a rendezvous with cantina dancer Dolores but is released by his captor, the commander of a U.S. Army regiment, to help break up a kidnap ring. On his way to Las Tables with his pal, Gordito, he makes a stop at the Martinez Rancho, where they learn that his friend Carlos has been kidnapped, from his wife Marquerita. 

5.  Cisco Kid in  The Gay Caballero (1940) - Cesar Romero - The Cisco Kid (Cisco Kid) and his buddy Gordito arrive in town and learn that Cisco is supposedly dead. Not only that: Before his death, he is believed to have attempted to steal Susan Wetherby's land.

6.  Cisco Kid in Romance of the Rio Grande (1941) - Cesar Romero -  Wealthy and respected rancher Don Fernando de Vega fears for the future of his ranch after his death and sends for his grandson, Carlos Hernandez. Carlos is waylaid on his journey and seriously wounded. The famous bandit, the Cisco Kid (Cesar Romero), discovers that he is an exact double for the wounded Carlos. Cisco decides to "inherit" the ranch himself, and passes himself off as the long-awaited Carlos. 

7.  The Cisco Kid in The Gay Amigo (1949) - Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo -  Chasing Mexican bandits, the Captain sees Cisco (Duncan Renaldo) and Pancho (Leo Carrillo) ride away. Assuming they are the bandits he captures them and then lets them go. He has them followed figuring they will lead him to the entire gang. Cisco learns the editor and the blacksmith are the leaders. He makes the blacksmith think his partner double-crossed him and then joins up with him as his new partner planning to lead the entire gang into a trap.

8.  Lucky Cisco Kid (1940) - Cesar Romero - A gang of outlaws, led by Judge McQuade (William Robertson), are committing crimes and blaming it on the Cisco Kid (Cesar Romero), in McQuade's attempt to drive the settlers off the land and buy it himself. The Cisco Kid and Gordito (Chris-Pin Martin) eventually stop the scheme, and the Kid falls in love with widow Emily Lawrence (Evelyn Venable).

9.  Viva Cisco Kid (1940) - Cesar Romero - Cisco Kid (Cesar Romero) saves a stagecoach from being robbed and takes a shine to one of the passengers whose father is in cahoots with a vicious criminal who plans to murder him. 

10.  Satan's Cradle (1949) - Duncan Renaldo - Crooked lawyer Steve Gentry (Douglas Fowley) has plans to take over the town and mines of Silver City from Jim Mason (Frank Matts). He kills Mason in what looks like a mine accident, and then brings in Lil ('Ann Savage'), who produces a fake marriage certificate and takes over Mason's property as his widow. Preacher Henry Lane (Byron Foulger) attempts to arouse the townspeople to drive out Gentry, Lil and their cohorts and is beaten up by a couple of the Gentry henchmen. The Cisco Kid (Duncan Renaldo) and Pancho (Leo Carrillo) encounter the preacher, and head for Silver City. They subsequently reveal Gentry's machinations, and restore Silver City to the decent town it previously was.  [NEW]
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1.   The Cisco Kid TV Programs (28+ programs in COLOR)

2.   The Cisco Kid Radio Programs

3.    Cabellero's Way by O. Henry  (Audio - First and only appearance of The Cisco Kid.  Published in 1907 )

4.  The Cisco Kid Comics (free download)