The Cisco Kid
(1950 - 1956)
Adventure / Western
Cast: Duncan Renaldo as The Cisco Kid
Leo Carrillo as Pancho
Diablo as Cisco's Horse
Loco as Pancho's Horse
Very loosely based on a character in O. Henry’s story, The Caballero’s Way, The Cisco Kid was a very popular radio program that aired from 1942 to 1955 (with Jackson Beck and then Jack Mather as The Cisco Kid).
In 1950 The Cisco Kid was brought to television in a half-hour western adventure series in syndication, produced by Ziv Television Programs.
While in O. Henry’s story Cisco is a very bad outlaw, on the radio and in the television series he is portrayed as a fugitive, wanted for undisclosed crimes, but as a likeable character, much like Robin Hood, who helped those who were unable to help themselves, or who the law wouldn’t help.
This was the first television series filmed in color, but it was not broadcast in color until the 1960’s.
While Duncan Renaldo was 46 when filming began on the program, Leo Carrillo was 70.
Remembering Pancho’s response to Cisco’s actions will bring a smile to those who remember watching the popular program – “Oh, Ceeeesco!”
Pancho and the Cisco Kid are wanted by the law. A real estate broker hired two men to impersonate them and rob the Mesa Verde Bank. First show in the series!
Cattle Rustling (09/19/1950)
Cisco is called in to catch rustlers, but they frame him for murder before he can confront them.
The Big Switch (09/26/1950)
Cisco is blamed for an ambush.
Convict Story (10/03/1950)
An escaped convict steals Poncho's horse and clothes while he is taking a swim. He then goes after the mine owner he says framed him.
Oil Land (10/10/1950)
Cisco and Poncho are suspected of murdering a rancher who has just discovered oil on his property.
Chain Lightning (10/14/1950)
Jim Brent is released from prison and is out to get revenge on the men who sent him there including Cisco and Poncho.
Medicine Flats (10/17/1950)
Cisco and Poncho pretend to be wanted for killing a sheriff in order to join a gang of rustlers.
Railroad Land Rush (10/28/1950)
Cisco and Poncho are on the trail of a con man who murdered a railroad detective who was on to his phoney land scheme.
The Will (10/31/1950)
Pancho and Cisco help a young wagon driver, recently released from prison, prove his innocence.
Renegade Son (11/21/1950)
Cisco and Pancho break a young woman out of jail.
Lynching Story (12/12/1950)
Poncho and Cisco try to prevent a mob from lynching the prospective son-in-law of a mine owner when the man is found murdered.
Newspaper Crusaders (12/19/1950)
Cisco and Pancho come to the aid of a young newspaperman and his sister.
Dog Story (12/26/1950)
A slain prospector's dog gets Cisco and Pancho to bring the killers to justice.
Confession for Money (01/02/1951)
A man confesses to a crime he did not commit and the real murderer is released.
The Old Bum (01/09/1951)
Cisco and Pancho are suspicious of an old man who steals their horses, then poses as a wealthy ranch-owner.
Haven for Heavies (01/13/1951)
Cisco and Pancho are chasing after Red Kelly, a criminal who killed their friend, a U.S. Marshall. The trail leads them to a town where criminals are protected by a crooked sheriff.
Pancho Hostage (01/16/1951)
Outlaws hold Pancho to force Cisco to release their leader from jail.
Freight Land Feud (01/27/1951)
Cisco mediates a feud between rival freight companies.
Phoney Sheriff (02/06/1951)
Cisco and Pancho have their cattle stolen by a gang posing as a sheriff's posse .
Uncle Disinherits Niece (02/13/1951)
An upset uncle changes his will.
Water Rights (02/20/1951)
Money for the public water works project is stolen.
Performance Bond (09/03/1951)
Crooks fake a gold mine to extort a performance bond from a freight hauling company.
Stolen Bonds (09/10/1951)
A young woman has her identity papers stolen.
Medicine Man Show (10/08/1951)
Cisco and Pancho disguise themselves as a medicine man show to catch gun-smuggling Indians.
Ghost Story (10/15/1951)
A secret panel and passage in a house allow two smugglers to appear to be ghosts.
The Bates Story (11/12/1951)
Cisco and Pancho are captured by two prison escapees.
Vigilante Story (12/04/1951)
A gang of masked vigilantes is committing crimes.
Hidden Valley (12/11/1951)
Cisco and Pancho, en route to visit Mama Maria, lose their way in a sandstorm and passing out, recover to find themselves in a beautiful hidden valley , saved by Nedra who, declaring that they face grave danger, insists they leave quickly.
Quarter Horse (01/29/1952)
A friend of Cisco's is lured into a fixed horse race.
Jewelry Hold Up (02/05/1952)
Bandits rob a jewelry store and mail the loot to themselves.
Quicksilver Murder (02/12/1952)
Theft of quicksilver leads to a murder and unsolved questions. Cisco steps in.
Ghost Town (02/12/1952)
Cisco and Pancho struggle into a ghost town , seeking water.
Buried Treasure (02/19/1952)
A museum curator tells Cisco a story about his ancestor, Jeanne LaFitte.
The Cisco Kid - Intro