King of the Bandits (1947)

65-66 mins | Western | 8 November 1947

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HISTORY

According to a pre-production HR news item, Jeffrey Bernerd took over producing duties on the picture after Scott R. Dunlap was promoted to executive assistant. For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and see entry for The Cisco Kid in AFI Catalog of Feature Films , 1931-40; ... More Less

According to a pre-production HR news item, Jeffrey Bernerd took over producing duties on the picture after Scott R. Dunlap was promoted to executive assistant. For more information on the series, consult the Series Index and see entry for The Cisco Kid in AFI Catalog of Feature Films , 1931-40; F3.0727. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Oct 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 47
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 47
p. 20.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Oct 47
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
29 Nov 1947.
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Variety
7 Jan 48
p. 56.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCERS
Prod supv
WRITERS
Orig story
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Rec eng
MAKEUP
Makeup
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by O. Henry.
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
8 November 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 30 December 1947
Production Date:
mid May--late May 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 November 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1357
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65-66
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
12518
SYNOPSIS

Pancho, the lifetime companion of kind Mexican bandit Chico Villa, dreams that he and Chico are shot in Arizona, and later warns Chico not to go there. Despite Pancho's advice, Chico takes Pancho to Arizona, where they rescue Pedro Gomez, a saddlemaker, from a lynch mob that believes he has been aiding an impostor Chico Villa in a series of robberies. Chico next saves Alice Mason and her mother when their coach, which was ambushed by the robbers, runs out of control. Chico inquires about the robbery in town and discovers that local outlaw Smoke Kirby ambushed the coach. After Chico retrieves Alice's stolen locket from a saloon girl, he accompanies Alice and her mother to Fort Roberts to meet Alice's brother Frank. Meanwhile, Frank gets orders to lead a group of cavalrymen to arrest Chico. Kirby follows Chico and demands a duel, but when Kirby cheats, Chico mercifully spares his life. When Frank arrives on the scene, Kirby accuses Chico of being Chico Villa. Chico is then arrested after Alice's locket is found on him. With Pedro's help, Chico and Pancho escape by holding up Frank, and Frank is accused of setting them free out of sympathy for Alice, who has fallen in love with Chico. Believing that Alice devised the escape, Frank accepts a court-martial to protect her. Chico eventually gets a signed confession from Kirby stating that he posed as Chico Villa and turns it over to Frank's superior officer, who exonerates him. Chico later tells Alice that while he will always think of her, he must remain a wanderer. After giving Pedro gold to buy his own ... +


Pancho, the lifetime companion of kind Mexican bandit Chico Villa, dreams that he and Chico are shot in Arizona, and later warns Chico not to go there. Despite Pancho's advice, Chico takes Pancho to Arizona, where they rescue Pedro Gomez, a saddlemaker, from a lynch mob that believes he has been aiding an impostor Chico Villa in a series of robberies. Chico next saves Alice Mason and her mother when their coach, which was ambushed by the robbers, runs out of control. Chico inquires about the robbery in town and discovers that local outlaw Smoke Kirby ambushed the coach. After Chico retrieves Alice's stolen locket from a saloon girl, he accompanies Alice and her mother to Fort Roberts to meet Alice's brother Frank. Meanwhile, Frank gets orders to lead a group of cavalrymen to arrest Chico. Kirby follows Chico and demands a duel, but when Kirby cheats, Chico mercifully spares his life. When Frank arrives on the scene, Kirby accuses Chico of being Chico Villa. Chico is then arrested after Alice's locket is found on him. With Pedro's help, Chico and Pancho escape by holding up Frank, and Frank is accused of setting them free out of sympathy for Alice, who has fallen in love with Chico. Believing that Alice devised the escape, Frank accepts a court-martial to protect her. Chico eventually gets a signed confession from Kirby stating that he posed as Chico Villa and turns it over to Frank's superior officer, who exonerates him. Chico later tells Alice that while he will always think of her, he must remain a wanderer. After giving Pedro gold to buy his own saddleshop and wishing him "many children," Chico rides out of Arizona with Pancho. +

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