South of the Rio Grande (1945)

61-62 mins | Western | 15 September 1945

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HISTORY

The title card on the viewed print reads "The Cisco Kid in South of the Rio Grande ." The working title of this film was Song of the Border . For additional information about this series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for The Cisco Kid in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

The title card on the viewed print reads "The Cisco Kid in South of the Rio Grande ." The working title of this film was Song of the Border . For additional information about this series, consult the Series Index and see the entry for The Cisco Kid in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.0727. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Nov 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 45
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
18 May 45
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Nov 45
p. 2757.
Variety
12 Dec 45
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Tech dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by O. Henry.
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Adios amor," music and lyrics by Louis Herscher and J. Castelleone
"Te perdi," "El tecolote" and "Ésa morena," composers undetermined.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
Song of the Border
The Cisco Kid in South of the Rio Grande
Release Date:
15 September 1945
Production Date:
mid May--early June 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 August 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13702
Duration(in mins):
61-62
Length(in feet):
5,544
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The notorious Mexican bandit, The Cisco Kid, is interrupted by his friend Pancho while serenading the latest object of his affections. Pancho gives him a letter from Stephen, an old childhood friend, pleading for Cisco's help in fighting false charges of cattle rustling. Cisco and Pancho arrive in the bandit's old hometown just in time to save Manuel Gonzales, another innocent rancher, from a firing squad, then learn that Stephen and his family were killed the night before by Miguel Sanchez, the corrupt district officer who falsely accuses the ranchers of rustling in order to steal their cattle. Meanwhile, Dolores, Manuel's sister, is abducted by Sanchez' men and forced to sing for the district officer at a local saloon, much to the chagrin of Pepita, a jealous saloon performer who desires Sanchez. Later, Cisco and some of the ranchers discover Dominguez, a government inspector, murdered by Sanchez' men, so Cisco decides to impersonate the dead official and rides into town. Pretending to be afraid of the newly organized outlaw ranchers, Cisco accepts the protection and hospitality of Sanchez, and agrees to stay at his hacienda. In the meantime, Pepita discovers Dolores' true identity, but she is held captive by Luis and Mama Maria, the saloon's proprietors, in order to stop her from telling Sanchez. Pepita escapes, however, and rushes to Sanchez' hacienda, but before the district officer can act, Cisco steps in and orders Pancho to "execute" Dolores and leave her body where the fugitive ranchers can find it. Cisco then meets alone with the love-starved Pepita, who tells him all about Sanchez' vast cattle rustling. Pepita also informs Cisco that Sanchez has hidden ... +


The notorious Mexican bandit, The Cisco Kid, is interrupted by his friend Pancho while serenading the latest object of his affections. Pancho gives him a letter from Stephen, an old childhood friend, pleading for Cisco's help in fighting false charges of cattle rustling. Cisco and Pancho arrive in the bandit's old hometown just in time to save Manuel Gonzales, another innocent rancher, from a firing squad, then learn that Stephen and his family were killed the night before by Miguel Sanchez, the corrupt district officer who falsely accuses the ranchers of rustling in order to steal their cattle. Meanwhile, Dolores, Manuel's sister, is abducted by Sanchez' men and forced to sing for the district officer at a local saloon, much to the chagrin of Pepita, a jealous saloon performer who desires Sanchez. Later, Cisco and some of the ranchers discover Dominguez, a government inspector, murdered by Sanchez' men, so Cisco decides to impersonate the dead official and rides into town. Pretending to be afraid of the newly organized outlaw ranchers, Cisco accepts the protection and hospitality of Sanchez, and agrees to stay at his hacienda. In the meantime, Pepita discovers Dolores' true identity, but she is held captive by Luis and Mama Maria, the saloon's proprietors, in order to stop her from telling Sanchez. Pepita escapes, however, and rushes to Sanchez' hacienda, but before the district officer can act, Cisco steps in and orders Pancho to "execute" Dolores and leave her body where the fugitive ranchers can find it. Cisco then meets alone with the love-starved Pepita, who tells him all about Sanchez' vast cattle rustling. Pepita also informs Cisco that Sanchez has hidden his ill-gotten gains in a buried chest. Learning that his corruption has been exposed, Sanchez and Torres, his henchman, make plans to kill Cisco and the others, then escape across the border to the United States. Sanchez' scheme backfires, however, and he is captured by Cisco. Cisco orders Sanchez to write a confession, but Sanchez instead pulls out a hidden gun and is killed in a gunfight by Cisco. With the ranchers' help, Sanchez' men are then quickly captured and turned over to the new, honest district officer. +

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

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