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The Cisco Kid 

Approved | | Western | TV Series (1950–1956)
The Cisco Kid and his English-mangling sidekick Pancho travel the old west in the grand tradition of the Lone Ranger, righting wrongs and fighting injustice wherever they find it.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Duncan Renaldo ...  The Cisco Kid / ... 157 episodes, 1950-1956
Leo Carrillo ...  Pancho / ... 157 episodes, 1950-1956
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The Cisco Kid and his English-mangling sidekick Pancho travel the old west in the grand tradition of the Lone Ranger, righting wrongs and fighting injustice wherever they find it. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Western

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

6 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cisco Kid See more »

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Runtime:

(156 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Diablo was The Cisco Kid's horse. Loco was Pancho's horse. See more »

Quotes

Pancho: Cisco, I'm all mixed up in my head.
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Alternate Versions

During 1953, each episode was shot twice, once in color, once in black and white, owing to concerns about color picture quality on black and white sets. In syndication, the color/BW episodes were mixed and matched. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Monkees: The Devil and Peter Tork (1968) See more »

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Oh, Cisco! Oh, Pancho!
16 December 2007 | by krorieSee all my reviews

When I was about eight years old, my parents worked at a tomato processing plant in Indiana. We lived in "company" housing that was mainly comprised of Mexican workers. During that late summer and early fall, many of my playmates were Mexican. Cowboy stars were all the rage. Their favorite western character was the Cisco Kid. Both the Cisco Kid and his partner, Pancho, were played by true Mexican Americans. Often they would even converse in Spanish. One episode in particular, "The Phony Sheriff," has one of the rustlers telling Cisco and Pancho to speak English. Cisco retorts, "What's the matter? You don't like Spanish?" Even the comical sidekick, Pancho, was not really the Mexican stereotype usually seen in Hollywood movies and on TV at the time. So the Cisco Kid series was a real boost for positive Mexican-Anglo relationships.

Loosely based on a character created by famed short-story writer, O. Henry, Cisco became "The Robin Hood Of The Old West" for the movies and this long-running TV series. Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo were veteran Hollywood actors who gave life to the character each played. There was the usual assortment of reliable character actors to add to the enjoyment of watching the show. And the scripts were usually first-rate for a TV shoot-'em-up aimed at all the small fries plopped down in front of the tube. Highly recommended for those old enough to remember the early days of TV and passable entertainment for those not yet born when the series ran on television. Color is an added bonus, since most of the TV westerns of the day, including The Roy Rogers Show, were filmed in black and white.


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