5 September 1950
| 7.4/10 |
22 March 1956
| O. Henry
J. Benton Cheney
Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo
Frederick Ziv, Philip N. Krasne
Annie Oakley, The Adventures of Wild Bil, The Lone Ranger, 26 Men, The Range Rider
The Cisco Kid is a half-hour American Western television series starring Duncan Renaldo in the title role, The Cisco Kid, and Leo Carrillo as the jovial sidekick, Pancho. Cisco and Pancho were technically desperados, wanted for unspecified crimes, but instead viewed by the poor as Robin Hood figures who assisted the downtrodden when law enforcement officers proved corrupt or unwilling to help. It was also the first television series to be filmed in color, although few viewers saw it in color until the 1960s.
The Cisco Kid (TV series) Wikipedia
A number of recurring guest stars on The Cisco Kid later had television series of their own:Tristram Coffin appeared in nine episodes as banker Tom Barton. He later portrayed the real Thomas H. Rynning, first commander of the Arizona Rangers, in the syndicated series 26 Men (1957-1959), with co-star Kelo Henderson.
William Fawcett appeared seven times as "Grampaw" between 1953 and 1956, at which time he joined the cast of NBC's Fury in the role of cantankerous Broken Wheel ranch hand Pete Wilkey.
Gail Davis appeared five times on The Cisco Kid in the role of Ruth Drake. First, however, she portrayed Nancy King in the 1950 episode "False Marriage", the story of a young woman planning to marry a gangster named Duke Ralston played by Robert Livingston. Nancy's uncle, played by Russell Hicks, asks Cisco to help him to halt the pending marriage. Davis's co-star on her Annie Oakley series, Brad Johnson, appeared once on The Cisco Kid as Johnny in the episode "Water Toll" on November 5, 1951.
Other guest stars included:Forrest Taylor ten times as a sheriff
I. Stanford Jolley ten times as Gus Brown
Mike Ragan eight times in assorted roles
Kermit Maynard nine times as Albuquerque Jones
Phyllis Coates four times as Marge Lacey
Lyle Talbot four times as a judge
Myron Healey five times as Don White
Robert J. Wilke three times as Barney
Robert Blake twice as Alfredo
Ed Hinton as an outlaw in "Gold Strike" and as Muley in "Caution of Curley Thompson" (both 1954)
Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., in "Thunderhead" and "Bell of Santa Margarita" (1952)
Glenn Strange twice as Blake
William Tannen, three episodes
Sheb Wooley twice as Bill Bronson
Nan Leslie five times (1953-1955)
Denver Pyle twice as an unidentified bank robber
Russ Conway as E.W. Akers in "The Ventriloquist"
Iron Eyes Cody twice as the Indian Chief Big Cloud
Gloria Saunders twice in 1952, as Miss Spencer and Prisoner Zenda
Gloria Talbott twice as Amelia Lawrence
John Doucette twice as Sandy Harris
Carole Mathews appeared twice during the third season, as Sally Griffith in "Pancho and the Pacyderm" and as Debby Hansen in "Dutchman's Flat"
In the third episode entitled "Counterfeit Money", Cisco and Pancho are asked by Marshal Ben Lane to track down a gang of counterfeiters. Cisco cannot prove his hunch that the local banker and his clerk are involved in fraud until Pancho poses as an alleged bank robber. Other episodes included:"Rustling", Joe Dawson, foreman at a ranch in San Saba, asks Cisco to stop a gang of cattle rustlers. The gang leader orders two of his henchmen to kill Dawson but to blame the murder on Cisco.
"The Big Switch", a sheriff orders his deputy to bring the murderer, Jim Hardy (a name later modified in the Dale Robertson NBC and ABC western Tales of Wells Fargo as "Jim Hardie") to the state prison for hanging. En route, the deputy is killed from a shot by a man who brings Hardy to the man's boss, Jim Holbrook. Holbrook plans to kill his employer, ranch owner Henry P. Murdock, and replace him with Hardy, who resembles Murdock. Through this switch, Holbrook would gain control of the ranch. Meanwhile, the sheriff believes that Cisco has killed his deputy, and Cisco and Pancho must solve the mystery to prove their own innocence.
"Wedding Blackmail", Cisco and Pancho try to help a bank teller, whose marriage to the daughter of the bank president is endangered by two gunmen who are blackmailing the young man about a secret from his past.
"Lynching Story", a bank president is murdered and the townspeople accuse the man's future son-in-law of the crime. A lynching party is formed, and Cisco and Pancho attempt to find the real killers before the mob can hang the innocent man.
"Confession for Money", a young woman asks Cisco and Pancho to help her fiancé, who has confessed to a robbery and murder he did not commit to get money for his mother's surgery.
"Phony Sheriff", Cisco and Pancho are tricked by a cattle buyer, who uses a fake sheriff and deputies to force them to surrender the cattle of a friend. The pair pursues the swindler to procure the return of the cattle. In "Uncle Disinherits Niece", a rancher threatens to disinherit his niece unless she stops seeing her boyfriend. When the rancher is found murdered, suspicion falls on the niece's lover. Cisco and Pancho seek the real killer to clear the young man.
"Water Toll", Cisco and Pancho come to the aid of a woman rancher at odds with a cattle baron who charges for the watering of herds.
"The Bates Story", Cisco and Pancho are forced to switch clothing with two escaped convicts and are thereafter arrested when mistaken for the criminals.
"Quicksilver Murder", Cisco and Pancho investigate when a crooked prosecutor robs quicksilver shipments and uses chemical weapons to commit murder.
"The Raccoon Story", Cisco and Pancho deliver the death certificate of an old miner, Stanford Jolly's character of Gus Brown, only to determine that Brown left all of his property to his best friend—his dog.
MPI Home Video released 4 volume sets of The Cisco Kid on DVD in Region 1 in 2004/2005, each set contains 20 episodes. However, the releases feature a random collection of episodes, not in original broadcast order.
On January 15, 2008, Mill Creek Entertainment released Best of the Cisco Kid, a three-disc set which included 35 episodes from the first two seasons of the series. Many of the set's episodes, along with several others, have also been issued on the company's multi-series Western anthologies.
The series was parodied on the comedy series Second City Television ("SCTV") in the sketch depicting Cisco and Pancho in "Friendlyville." Ironically, the SCTV series' producer-distributor, Rhodes Productions, acquired the distribution rights to the series in the mid-1980s and rebroadcast on Chicago's WGN-TV among other stations, hence the closing credits again altered at the end as: "A Rhodes Productions Presentation."
On the long-running children's show Wonderama, a character in a Western-style costume called "The Disco Kid" would appear during the dance segment.
The group War had a song called "The Cisco Kid" on their album "The World Is a Ghetto", released in 1972.
In 1994, Turner Network Television carried a Cisco Kid television movie, with Jimmy Smits as Cisco and Cheech Marin as Pancho.
The chamber of commerce office in Cisco, Texas, has a small exhibit on The Cisco Kid, but the character is not related to the community, the seat of Eastland County.
The Deep Purple song "Hey Cisco" from the album "Purpendicular" [sic] references the ban on Duncan Renaldo using the copyrighted character to profit, albeit minimally, from the character he portrayed on television. The song can also be heard on the Live Deep Purple DVD "Perihelion" where lead singer Ian Gillan explains briefly what inspired him to write the song.
As of 2014, reruns of The Cisco Kid are being shown on Cozi TV, Heroes & Icons (TV Network), and Grit.