The Gay Amigo (1949)

61-62 or 64 mins | Western | 13 May 1949

Director:

Wallace W. Fox

Writer:

Doris Schroeder

Producer:

Philip N. Krasne

Cinematographer:

Ernest Miller

Editor:

Martin G. Cohn

Production Designer:

Frank Dexter

Production Company:

Inter-American Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Adventures of the Cisco Kid . The opening title card reads: "Philip N. Krasne presents The Cisco Kid in The Gay Amigo ." HR production charts include Barbara Billingsley, John Litel and Stanley Andrews in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources include Al Ferguson and David Sharpe in the cast. This was the second film in United Artists' Cisco Kid series. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for The Cisco Kid in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

The working title of this film was Adventures of the Cisco Kid . The opening title card reads: "Philip N. Krasne presents The Cisco Kid in The Gay Amigo ." HR production charts include Barbara Billingsley, John Litel and Stanley Andrews in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Modern sources include Al Ferguson and David Sharpe in the cast. This was the second film in United Artists' Cisco Kid series. For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for The Cisco Kid in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0727. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 May 1949.
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Daily Variety
6 May 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 May 49
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 48
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
6 May 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 May 49
p. 4627.
Variety
18 May 49
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod, Prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus comp and dir
SOUND
Sd eng
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by O. Henry.
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Adventures of the Cisco Kid
Release Date:
13 May 1949
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 5 May 1949
Production Date:
late Jul--early Aug 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Inter-American Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 May 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2484
Duration(in mins):
61-62 or 64
Length(in feet):
5,794
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
13333
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While riding near the Mexican border in the Arizona territory, two Mexican-Americans, Cisco and Pancho, hear gunshots. A short distance away, they see a cavalry platoon chase a gang of bandits into Mexico. Capt. Lewis orders his men to stop at the border and then notices Cisco and Pancho. Mistaking him for the gang's leader, Lewis directs his men to follow Cisco, but Cisco and Pancho escape. Later, Cisco and Pancho discover one of the slain bandits, who is dressed in Mexican clothes, and recognize him as an American named Pete Harmon. Pancho contemplates stealing Harmon's fancy belt, but Cisco talks him out of it. Later, in a nearby town, the captain sees Cisco, whom he recognizes as the infamous bandit known as "The Cisco Kid." He chases Cisco and Pancho into a cantina, where Rosita, the girl friend of Lewis' bumbling sergeant, McNulty, works as a waitress, and arrests them. Lewis takes them to cavalry headquarters, but is soon forced to release them due to lack of evidence. Believing that eventually Cisco and Pancho will lead them to the rest of the gang, the captain orders McNulty to follow them. Later, at the office of the Arizona Globe , the editor, Stoneham, writes an article demanding the bandits' immediate arrest. Cisco and Pancho eavesdrop on their conversation, then visit the cantina, where Pancho notices that Rosita is wearing Harmon's belt. When they ask her about the belt, Rosita tells them that blacksmith Bill Brack gave it to her. After news arrives that the bandits killed Stoneham's friend Ed Paulsen, McNulty arrests Cisco and Pancho. ... +


While riding near the Mexican border in the Arizona territory, two Mexican-Americans, Cisco and Pancho, hear gunshots. A short distance away, they see a cavalry platoon chase a gang of bandits into Mexico. Capt. Lewis orders his men to stop at the border and then notices Cisco and Pancho. Mistaking him for the gang's leader, Lewis directs his men to follow Cisco, but Cisco and Pancho escape. Later, Cisco and Pancho discover one of the slain bandits, who is dressed in Mexican clothes, and recognize him as an American named Pete Harmon. Pancho contemplates stealing Harmon's fancy belt, but Cisco talks him out of it. Later, in a nearby town, the captain sees Cisco, whom he recognizes as the infamous bandit known as "The Cisco Kid." He chases Cisco and Pancho into a cantina, where Rosita, the girl friend of Lewis' bumbling sergeant, McNulty, works as a waitress, and arrests them. Lewis takes them to cavalry headquarters, but is soon forced to release them due to lack of evidence. Believing that eventually Cisco and Pancho will lead them to the rest of the gang, the captain orders McNulty to follow them. Later, at the office of the Arizona Globe , the editor, Stoneham, writes an article demanding the bandits' immediate arrest. Cisco and Pancho eavesdrop on their conversation, then visit the cantina, where Pancho notices that Rosita is wearing Harmon's belt. When they ask her about the belt, Rosita tells them that blacksmith Bill Brack gave it to her. After news arrives that the bandits killed Stoneham's friend Ed Paulsen, McNulty arrests Cisco and Pancho. McNulty then takes them back to headquarters, but they quickly escape through the bathroom window. Later, Cisco and Pancho hold up a stagecoach and steal the passengers' jewelry and money. Then, Cisco enters the newspaper office with his gun drawn and orders the typesetter, Thompson, to take dictation, beginning with the headline "Mexican Bandits Strike Again." When Stoneham enters, Cisco grabs Stoneham's cache of stolen property and locks him and Thompson in a supply closet. Later, Brack asks Thompson for his share of the gang's latest haul, but Thompson explains that Cisco robbed them. The bandits then try to escape with large quantities of stolen gold, but are detained by Cisco and Pancho. When the cavalrymen arrive and realize that the gang leaders are actually Stoneham and Brack, they offer their apologies and thanks to Cisco and Pancho. +

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