The Cisco Kid and the Lady (1939)

73 mins | Western | 29 December 1939

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Adventurer, and it was the first of six "Cisco Kid" films in which Cesar Romero played the title role. According to HR news items, Warner Baxter, who had played the role in three previous films, was originally cast as "Cisco" in this film. Many reviewers praised Romero's performance and noted that he was a worthy successor to Baxter. HR news items noted that the film was shot on location at Lone Pine, CA for a week and that associate producer John Stone had taken over production chores from David Hempstead, who had resigned from Twentieth Century-Fox the week before production began. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Cisco Kid. ...

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The working title of this film was The Adventurer, and it was the first of six "Cisco Kid" films in which Cesar Romero played the title role. According to HR news items, Warner Baxter, who had played the role in three previous films, was originally cast as "Cisco" in this film. Many reviewers praised Romero's performance and noted that he was a worthy successor to Baxter. HR news items noted that the film was shot on location at Lone Pine, CA for a week and that associate producer John Stone had taken over production chores from David Hempstead, who had resigned from Twentieth Century-Fox the week before production began. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Cisco Kid.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Dec 1939
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Daily Variety
25 Nov 1939
p. 3
Film Daily
2 Jan 1940
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
7 Sep 1939
p. 2, 6
Hollywood Reporter
8 Sep 1939
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 1939
pp. 5-6
Hollywood Reporter
11 Sep 1939
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
14 Sep 1939
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 1939
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 1939
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 1939
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 1939
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
27 Nov 1939
p. 7
Motion Picture Daily
29 Nov 1939
p. 5
Motion Picture Herald
2 Dec 1939
, 14581
New York Times
25 Dec 1939
p. 29
Variety
29 Nov 1939
p. 14
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Nick De Maggio
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by O. Henry.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
The Adventurer
Release Date:
29 December 1939
Production Date:
began 11 Sep 1939
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
29 December 1939
LP9616
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,600
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5735
SYNOPSIS

The Cisco Kid, a good-natured, womanizing bandit, is traveling in Arizona when he and his sidekick Gordito see a gang attack a lone man driving a wagon. They chase away the gang, then stop the wagon's runaway horses. The gang's leader, Jim Harbison, doubles back and pretends to be a passerby, although Cisco is not fooled by his pretense of innocence. The men discover that the driver was traveling with his infant son, and the injured man begs Cisco and Harbison to care for the child in exchange for shares in his gold mine. After dividing the map to the mine in three equal pieces between Cisco, Gordito and Harbison, the man dies. Harbison's men then attempt to kill Gordito and Cisco. Much to Harbison's chagrin, the two bandits have already memorized and destroyed their pieces of the map, and so the group leaves for town to discuss their partnership. On the way, Cisco realizes that they have forgotten the baby, whom he calls Junior, but Junior has been found by schoolteacher Julie Lawson as her stagecoach passes by on the way to town. Cisco is charmed by Julie's beauty, but she is cold to him because of his careless treatment of Junior. When the men reach town, they go to a saloon run by Harbison's partner Teasdale. While Gordito tends to Junior, Cisco becomes enamoured of Harbison's girl friend, dancer Billie Graham. Cisco suspects a trap when Harbison arranges to meet him later to search for the mine, and Cisco therefore asks Julie to look after Junior. While Julie is arguing with her newly arrived fiancé, Tommy Bates, who mistakenly ...

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The Cisco Kid, a good-natured, womanizing bandit, is traveling in Arizona when he and his sidekick Gordito see a gang attack a lone man driving a wagon. They chase away the gang, then stop the wagon's runaway horses. The gang's leader, Jim Harbison, doubles back and pretends to be a passerby, although Cisco is not fooled by his pretense of innocence. The men discover that the driver was traveling with his infant son, and the injured man begs Cisco and Harbison to care for the child in exchange for shares in his gold mine. After dividing the map to the mine in three equal pieces between Cisco, Gordito and Harbison, the man dies. Harbison's men then attempt to kill Gordito and Cisco. Much to Harbison's chagrin, the two bandits have already memorized and destroyed their pieces of the map, and so the group leaves for town to discuss their partnership. On the way, Cisco realizes that they have forgotten the baby, whom he calls Junior, but Junior has been found by schoolteacher Julie Lawson as her stagecoach passes by on the way to town. Cisco is charmed by Julie's beauty, but she is cold to him because of his careless treatment of Junior. When the men reach town, they go to a saloon run by Harbison's partner Teasdale. While Gordito tends to Junior, Cisco becomes enamoured of Harbison's girl friend, dancer Billie Graham. Cisco suspects a trap when Harbison arranges to meet him later to search for the mine, and Cisco therefore asks Julie to look after Junior. While Julie is arguing with her newly arrived fiancé, Tommy Bates, who mistakenly thinks that Junior is her baby, Cisco and Gordito trick Harbison into revealing that he has indeed tried to ambush them. The two bandits return to the saloon, where Cisco gets into an altercation with a drunken Tommy over Julie. Realizing that Julie belongs with Tommy, Cisco turns his romantic attentions to Billie, who reveals that she knows his true identity but will not turn him in. The couple have a falling out when Billie suspects Cisco of stealing Harbison's piece of the map, which she stole from Harbison, and Cisco, Gordito and Tommy wind up in jail after Billie reveals their identities. Later that night, Cisco instructs Harbison to rob a stagecoach while dressed as the Cisco Kid so that Cisco himself will be cleared of suspicion and freed. After Harbison leaves, Cisco and Gordito break out of jail and kidnap the local justice of the peace, Pop Saunders. They take him to Julie's house, where they force him to perform a wedding ceremony for Julie and Tommy. While soldiers search for Harbison, whom they now think is the Cisco Kid, Cisco and Gordito show Tommy the gold mine, which they bequeath to him, Julie and Junior. The soldiers shoot and kill Harbison, thereby freeing Cisco to go on his way. Billie, who has cleared up her misunderstandings with Cisco, accompanies him and Gordito as they leave town, and Cisco promises to find her a fine husband.

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Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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