The Gay Caballero (1940)

57-58 mins | Western | 4 October 1940

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HISTORY

The film's working title was Ghost of the Cisco Kid. Although actor Cesar Romero is listed as "The Cisco Kid" in the opening credits, the cast credits at the end of the film only list his character as "Cisco Kid." According to HR news items, the picture was partially filmed on location at Lone Pine, CA, and production was suspended for two months after Romero sustained a broken leg. According to a Twentieth Century-Fox publicity release, however, Romero was suffering from "para-typhoid" at the time of the film's suspension.
       Director Otto Brower acted as second unit director on Brigham Young-Frontiersman (see entry) and directed Youth Will Be Served (see entry) while Romero was recovering. According to a HR news item, Twentieth Century-Fox decided to drop the name "Cisco Kid" from the film's titles in the series in the belief that "the titles are often confusing to the public as to whether the picture is a different one from predecessors." For more information about the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for The Cisco Kid. ...

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The film's working title was Ghost of the Cisco Kid. Although actor Cesar Romero is listed as "The Cisco Kid" in the opening credits, the cast credits at the end of the film only list his character as "Cisco Kid." According to HR news items, the picture was partially filmed on location at Lone Pine, CA, and production was suspended for two months after Romero sustained a broken leg. According to a Twentieth Century-Fox publicity release, however, Romero was suffering from "para-typhoid" at the time of the film's suspension.
       Director Otto Brower acted as second unit director on Brigham Young-Frontiersman (see entry) and directed Youth Will Be Served (see entry) while Romero was recovering. According to a HR news item, Twentieth Century-Fox decided to drop the name "Cisco Kid" from the film's titles in the series in the belief that "the titles are often confusing to the public as to whether the picture is a different one from predecessors." For more information about the series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for The Cisco Kid.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 Sep 1940
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Daily Variety
23 Sep 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
28 Oct 1940
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
20 May 1940
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 1940
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jun 1940
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jun 1940
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jun 1940
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 1940
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
5 Aug 1940
p. 14
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 1940
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
23 Sep 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
24 Sep 1940
p. 7
Motion Picture Herald
28 Sep 1940
p. 80
Variety
25 Sep 1940
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Publicity dir
STAND INS
Knife thrower
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by O. Henry.
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Ghost of the Cisco Kid
Release Date:
4 October 1940
Production Date:
21 May--early-Jun and 5 Aug--13 Aug 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
4 October 1940
LP10085
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
57-58
Length(in feet):
5,050
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6384
SYNOPSIS

While riding through the West in 1889, the Cisco Kid and his sidekick Gordito discover a grave with a headstone reading, "Here lies the Cisco Kid." Surprised to learn that he is dead, Cisco questions Carmelita, who is weeping by the grave. Carmelita, who works as a servant for rancher Kate Brewster, explains that the buried man was her fiancé Manuel, who was accused of being the notorious bandit and then killed by Kate's foreman, Joe Turner. Just then, Cisco and Gordito see three men try to rob the passengers of a covered wagon. After scattering the would-be thieves, Cisco finds out that the passengers are Englishman George Wetherby and his daughter Susan. The Wetherbys are on their way to the Brewster ranch, of which they are purchasing a parcel of from Kate. Cisco and Gordito accompany the Wetherbys to the ranch, where they hope to discover Turner's motive for framing and murdering Manuel. At the ranch, they meet Kate and her nephew Billy, who has just been made a sheriff's deputy. At dinner that night, Turner relates how the alleged Cisco Kid pillaged the land and livestock intended for the Wetherbys before Turner killed him. George is undeterred by the threat of bandits, and confides that he is investing all of his money in the land. The three men who tried to rob him then arrive at the ranch, and despite George's protests, Kate insists that they be allowed to stay, as her late husband always declared that the ranch was a sanctuary for any visitor. After dinner, Kate castigates Turner for allowing the three men, who are his ...

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While riding through the West in 1889, the Cisco Kid and his sidekick Gordito discover a grave with a headstone reading, "Here lies the Cisco Kid." Surprised to learn that he is dead, Cisco questions Carmelita, who is weeping by the grave. Carmelita, who works as a servant for rancher Kate Brewster, explains that the buried man was her fiancé Manuel, who was accused of being the notorious bandit and then killed by Kate's foreman, Joe Turner. Just then, Cisco and Gordito see three men try to rob the passengers of a covered wagon. After scattering the would-be thieves, Cisco finds out that the passengers are Englishman George Wetherby and his daughter Susan. The Wetherbys are on their way to the Brewster ranch, of which they are purchasing a parcel of from Kate. Cisco and Gordito accompany the Wetherbys to the ranch, where they hope to discover Turner's motive for framing and murdering Manuel. At the ranch, they meet Kate and her nephew Billy, who has just been made a sheriff's deputy. At dinner that night, Turner relates how the alleged Cisco Kid pillaged the land and livestock intended for the Wetherbys before Turner killed him. George is undeterred by the threat of bandits, and confides that he is investing all of his money in the land. The three men who tried to rob him then arrive at the ranch, and despite George's protests, Kate insists that they be allowed to stay, as her late husband always declared that the ranch was a sanctuary for any visitor. After dinner, Kate castigates Turner for allowing the three men, who are his henchmen, to come to the ranch. Kate and Turner are in league to rob George and drive him away, because selling the land, which George was mistakenly allotted by the bank, will divide Kate's ranch in two. While Kate and Turner scheme to rob the Wells Fargo stagecoach, which will be carrying George's money, Cisco realizes that they are behind the destruction of George's land and merely blamed it on the fake Cisco Kid as an alibi. Later, Kate reveals that she knows Cisco's real identity, even though he is using the name Señor Chiquelo, but he warns her that he will not desert the Wetherbys. The next day, Sheriff McBride tries to arrest Cisco, but he claims the sanctuary of Kate's ranch. Billy and George, believing that Cisco is a truly dangerous desperado, turn against him, but Susan maintains that he is trustworthy. Later that night, Kate and Turner plan on setting Cisco up by luring him away from the ranch while Turner impersonates him and robs the stagecoach. The ruse works, and Cisco and Gordito return to the ranch after McBride is told of the robbery. Gordito is apprehended while Cisco escapes, but Cisco is captured the next day when he tries to free his friend. Cisco bests the deceitful Turner in a fair draw when he escapes later, then he and Gordito prevent Kate and her henchmen from stealing George's money, which was not taken in the stagecoach robbery. Kate is killed when her wagon overturns during the chase and crushes her. Cisco explains her schemes to George and Susan, but warns them not to tell the naïve Billy. He then escapes with Gordito as McBride's posse comes after them.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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