|The Cisco Kid
|1950 - 1956
Set in New Mexico of the 1890s, this was the
tale of the Cisco Kid (Duncan Renaldo), a Latin
"Robin Hood of the Old West" who righted wrongs
with the assistance of his comic sidekick, Pancho (Leo
As Cisco and Pancho roamed the rugged
landscape of the Southwest, they encountered all
sorts of criminals, including rustlers,
smugglers, stagecoach and bank robbers, land
swindlers, masked outlaws, and jewel thieves.
The phrases "Oh Pancho!" and "Oh,
Cisco!" were heard at the end of each adventure just as
our frontier heroes raced into the distance on
their faithful horses, Diablo (Cisco) and Loco (Pancho).
Pancho and The Cisco Kid
"Here's Adventure! Here's Romance Here's O.
Henry's famous Robin Hood of the Old West...THE
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Here's are some of Cisco and Pancho's many adventures:
- Gunmen posing as Cisco and Pancho rob a bank.
- Counterfeiters pass phony money through a frontier bank
- A rancher kills his neighbor and frames Cisco for the crime.
- Cisco and Pancho unmask a forger posing as a girl's uncle.
- A convict escapes and seeks the man who framed him.
- Oil is discovered and Cisco is blamed for the owner's murder.
- Released from prison, a gunfighter seeks revenge on C & P
- Cisco and Pancho break up a gang of rustlers run by a gambler
- Cisco and Pancho track a man pushing bogus land deeds.
- A cattle buyer tries to profit from a phony livestock epidemic.
- Cisco and Pancho track a man who stole $25000 in bonds.
- Cisco and Pancho break up a band of outlaws terrorizing a town.
- Cisco and Pancho are on the trail of a stolen diamond necklace.
- A carnival performer hypnotized her husband to commit murder.
- Cisco get involved in a knife fight over a Gypsy woman.
- Pancho goes to a bank to cash a check during a hold up.
- Cisco unearths a jeweled dagger that is cursed.
- Cisco and Pancho avenge the death of an archaeologist.
- A prospector strikes it rich and then is murdered
- Three men plan to steal a horde of lost Incan City treasure.
- Cisco and Pancho chase an outlaw gang to a ghost town.
- Bandits use an escaped carnival gorilla in their robberies.
- A dentist helps Cisco and Pancho catch a notorious killer.
- A crooked hospital trustee frames a doctor for murder.
- Cisco and Pancho investigate the suspicious death of a banker.
- Cisco and Pancho are ambushed while escorting a prisoner.
- A photographer accidentally takes a picture of a murder.
- Outlaws kill a sheriff and Cisco and Pancho are hot on their trail.
- Stagecoach line switch dynamite for gold to stop stage robberies.
- Outlaws hold ransom a much needed bottle of smallpox vaccine.
- Pancho's shoemaker blackmails a man he thinks is a murderer.
- A crooked mayor and blowgun killer are on the loose.
- Pancho's cousin wants to testify that he witnessed a murder.
- White men terrorize local farmers in the guise of Indians.
- Dead man's ghost haunts his heirs now living at his ranch.
While filming the 1953 episode "Battle of
Red Rock Pass" a piece of rock from an explosion
hit Duncan Renaldo. The injury sent him to
the hospital for several weeks.
To continue shooting the series, the scripts
called for Cisco (stunt double Troy Melton) to
wear a mask and bandages (e.g., the
episode titled "The Bandaged Badman"). Duncan
Renaldo provided extreme close-ups when
necessary as he recovered from his injury.
The Cisco Kid was the first
series to be filmed in color. It was
inspired by the short story "The Caballero's
Way" written in 1907 by William Sydney Porter
(a.k.a. "O. Henry"). The original Cisco
was a frontier outlaw who was "not" Hispanic and
"not" very nice.
Unlike some early versions of Cisco which
were scruffy bandito types, the 1950s TV version
starred Duncan Renaldo was a proud, handsome
Mexican who wore smart, tight-fitting
embroidered jackets, pants and a large-brimmed
sombrero which always caught the senoritas eyes.
Herbert Stanley Dunn was the first person to
play the Cisco Kid in the 1923 silent movie
The Caballero's Way.
Other actors to star as Cisco included
Warner Baxter/1929-39; Cesar Romero/1939-41;
Duncan Renaldo/1945 and 1949-50; Gilbert
On radio The Cisco Kid was played by Jackson
Beck and Jack Mather.
A comic strip based on O. Henry's hero was
drawn by Jose Luis Salinas in the early 1950s.
Hispanic actor Jimmy Smits starred in the
movie remake The Cisco Kid (1994) with
comedian Cheech Marin in the role of Pancho, his
Obituaries: Duncan Renaldo: 09/03/1980; Leo
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