The Return of the Cisco Kid (1939)

70-71 mins | Western | 28 April 1939

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HISTORY

The summary and onscreen credits for this film were based on a viewing of an incomplete print and on a dialogue continuity in the copyright descriptions. According to a HR production chart, Harold Huber was to have appeared in this film. HR stated that former Mexican vice-counsul Ernesto A. Romero worked on the film as a technical director, dialogue coach and writer. According to a Twentieth Century-Fox press release, much of the film was shot on location in Arizona, with the company working out of Tucson. While the dialogue continuity deposited for copyright states that the film is "A Cosmopolitan Production," this statement is not included in the opening credits of the print viewed. For more information on the Cisco Kid series, see the entry above for The Cisco Kid ... More Less

The summary and onscreen credits for this film were based on a viewing of an incomplete print and on a dialogue continuity in the copyright descriptions. According to a HR production chart, Harold Huber was to have appeared in this film. HR stated that former Mexican vice-counsul Ernesto A. Romero worked on the film as a technical director, dialogue coach and writer. According to a Twentieth Century-Fox press release, much of the film was shot on location in Arizona, with the company working out of Tucson. While the dialogue continuity deposited for copyright states that the film is "A Cosmopolitan Production," this statement is not included in the opening credits of the print viewed. For more information on the Cisco Kid series, see the entry above for The Cisco Kid . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
29 Apr 1940.
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Daily Variety
18 Apr 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Apr 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Feb 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Feb 39
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Apr 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Apr 39
p. 38.
New York Times
29 Apr 39
p. 13.
Variety
26 Apr 39
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Darryl F. Zanuck in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
MUSIC
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the character created by O. Henry.
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
28 April 1939
Production Date:
22 February--27 March 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 April 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9104
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70-71
Length(in feet):
6,378
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5182
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1900, in Northern Mexico near the Arizona border, the Cisco Kid, the famous bandit known as Señor Gonzales Sebastian Rodrigo Don Juan Chicquello, faces a firing squad. That night, he arises from his grave with the help of his two friends, Lopez and Gordito, who had placed blanks in the soldiers' guns the previous night. The three head for Arizona where Cisco makes the acquaintance of Colonel Jonathan Bixby and his granddaughter, Ann Carver, who are traveling to the ranch in which they invested all their money. Cisco joins them and foils an attempted robbery of their stagecoach. In town, Bixby and Ann discover that Sheriff McNally, the local land baron, holds the deed to their ranch and has thrown their partner's son, Alan Davis, in jail to keep it. When Bixby and Ann demand his release, McNally, both sheriff and judge, puts them in jail as well. Learning of their arrest, Cisco sets the local store on fire, using the confusion to break the group out of jail. Alan is shot in the escape, but Cisco lances his bullet wound. He takes the trio to the home of Mama Soledad, where they are cared for. Back in town, Cisco meets with McNally, telling him he is a cattleman interested in buying Bixby's ranch. McNally refuses to sell, however, claiming the land is a gold mine. When Cisco offers him $100,000, McNally finally agrees, but Cisco robs McNally's bank for the money. While his friends want to keep the money, Cisco insists it is for Ann, his new love. Unknown to Cisco, Ann and Alan are in ... +


In 1900, in Northern Mexico near the Arizona border, the Cisco Kid, the famous bandit known as Señor Gonzales Sebastian Rodrigo Don Juan Chicquello, faces a firing squad. That night, he arises from his grave with the help of his two friends, Lopez and Gordito, who had placed blanks in the soldiers' guns the previous night. The three head for Arizona where Cisco makes the acquaintance of Colonel Jonathan Bixby and his granddaughter, Ann Carver, who are traveling to the ranch in which they invested all their money. Cisco joins them and foils an attempted robbery of their stagecoach. In town, Bixby and Ann discover that Sheriff McNally, the local land baron, holds the deed to their ranch and has thrown their partner's son, Alan Davis, in jail to keep it. When Bixby and Ann demand his release, McNally, both sheriff and judge, puts them in jail as well. Learning of their arrest, Cisco sets the local store on fire, using the confusion to break the group out of jail. Alan is shot in the escape, but Cisco lances his bullet wound. He takes the trio to the home of Mama Soledad, where they are cared for. Back in town, Cisco meets with McNally, telling him he is a cattleman interested in buying Bixby's ranch. McNally refuses to sell, however, claiming the land is a gold mine. When Cisco offers him $100,000, McNally finally agrees, but Cisco robs McNally's bank for the money. While his friends want to keep the money, Cisco insists it is for Ann, his new love. Unknown to Cisco, Ann and Alan are in love. McNally, realizing he has been double-crossed, prepares a trap for Cisco, but Cisco is too smart for him and gets the deed to the ranch. When Cisco learns of Ann's engagement to Alan, he feels betrayed and orders his friends to find Alan and send him through a pass that the Mexican army has been told the Cisco Kid will be using. However, when Cisco learns from Ann that she never loved him or meant to mislead him, Cisco rides off to save Alan. As McNally and the Mexican soldiers wait at the pass, Cisco sneaks behind them and captures the group. Cisco agrees to stay away from McNally if he will leave Alan and Ann alone, and McNally consents. As Cisco, Lopez and Gordito then ride back into Mexico, Cisco decides to go see an old girl friend. +

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

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