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The Cisco Kid and the Lady
Alternate Title: The Adventurer
Director: Herbert I. Leeds (Dir)
Release Date:   29 Dec 1939
Production Date:   began 11 Sep 1939
Duration (in mins):   73
Duration (in feet):   6,600
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Cesar Romero ([The] Cisco Kid)  
    Marjorie Weaver (Julie Lawson)  
    Chris-Pin Martin (Gordito)  
    George Montgomery (Tommy Bates)  
    Robert Barrat (Jim Harbison)  
    Virginia Field (Billie Graham)  
    Harry Green (Teasdale)  
    Gloria Ann White (Baby)  
    John Beach (Stevens)  
    Ward Bond (Walton)  
    J. Anthony Hughes (Drake)  
    James Burke (Pop Saunders)  
    Harry Hayden (Sheriff)  
    James Flavin (Sergeant)  
    Ruth Warren (Ma Saunders)  
    Paul Burns (Jake)  
    Virginia Brissac (Seamstress)  
    Adrian Morris (Drunk)  
    Eddie Dunn (Jailer)  
    Eddy Waller (Stage driver)  
    Ivan Miller (Post commander)  
    Lester Dorr (Telegraph operator)  
    Harry Strang (Telegraph operator)  
    Arthur Rankin (Telegraph operator)  
    Paul Sutton    
    Harold Goodwin    
    Gladys Blake    
    William H. Royle    

Summary: The Cisco Kid, a good-natured, womanizing bandit, is traveling in Arizona when he and his sidekick Gordito see a gang attack a lone man driving a wagon. They chase away the gang, then stop the wagon's runaway horses. The gang's leader, Jim Harbison, doubles back and pretends to be a passerby, although Cisco is not fooled by his pretense of innocence. The men discover that the driver was traveling with his infant son, and the injured man begs Cisco and Harbison to care for the child in exchange for shares in his gold mine. After dividing the map to the mine in three equal pieces between Cisco, Gordito and Harbison, the man dies. Harbison's men then attempt to kill Gordito and Cisco. Much to Harbison's chagrin, the two bandits have already memorized and destroyed their pieces of the map, and so the group leaves for town to discuss their partnership. On the way, Cisco realizes that they have forgotten the baby, whom he calls Junior, but Junior has been found by schoolteacher Julie Lawson as her stagecoach passes by on the way to town. Cisco is charmed by Julie's beauty, but she is cold to him because of his careless treatment of Junior. When the men reach town, they go to a saloon run by Harbison's partner Teasdale. While Gordito tends to Junior, Cisco becomes enamoured of Harbison's girl friend, dancer Billie Graham. Cisco suspects a trap when Harbison arranges to meet him later to search for the mine, and Cisco therefore asks Julie to look after Junior. While Julie is arguing with her newly arrived fiancĂ©, Tommy Bates, who mistakenly thinks that Junior is her baby, Cisco and Gordito trick Harbison into revealing that he has indeed tried to ambush them. The two bandits return to the saloon, where Cisco gets into an altercation with a drunken Tommy over Julie. Realizing that Julie belongs with Tommy, Cisco turns his romantic attentions to Billie, who reveals that she knows his true identity but will not turn him in. The couple have a falling out when Billie suspects Cisco of stealing Harbison's piece of the map, which she stole from Harbison, and Cisco, Gordito and Tommy wind up in jail after Billie reveals their identities. Later that night, Cisco instructs Harbison to rob a stagecoach while dressed as the Cisco Kid so that Cisco himself will be cleared of suspicion and freed. After Harbison leaves, Cisco and Gordito break out of jail and kidnap the local justice of the peace, Pop Saunders. They take him to Julie's house, where they force him to perform a wedding ceremony for Julie and Tommy. While soldiers search for Harbison, whom they now think is the Cisco Kid, Cisco and Gordito show Tommy the gold mine, which they bequeath to him, Julie and Junior. The soldiers shoot and kill Harbison, thereby freeing Cisco to go on his way. Billie, who has cleared up her misunderstandings with Cisco, accompanies him and Gordito as they leave town, and Cisco promises to find her a fine husband. 

Production Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.  
Director: Herbert I. Leeds (Dir)
  Jasper Blystone (Asst dir)
Producer: Sol M. Wurtzel (Exec prod)
  John Stone (Assoc prod)
Writer: Frances Hyland (Scr)
  Stanley Rauh (Orig story)
Photography: Barney McGill (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Richard Day (Art dir)
  Chester Gore (Art dir)
Film Editor: Nick De Maggio (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Thomas Little (Set dec)
Costumes: Herschel (Cost)
Music: Samuel Kaylin (Mus dir)
Sound: George Leverett (Sd)
  William H. Anderson (Sd)
Country: United States
Series: Cisco Kid

Source Text: Based on the character created by O. Henry.
Authors: O. Henry

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. 29/12/1939 dd/mm/yyyy LP9616

PCA NO: 5735
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording

Genre: Western
Subjects (Major): Bandits
  Gold mines
  Mistaken identity
Subjects (Minor): Abduction
  Dance hall girls
  Justices of the peace

Note: The working title of this film was The Adventurer , and it was the first of six "Cisco Kid" films in which Cesar Romero played the title role. According to HR news items, Warner Baxter, who had played the role in three previous films, was originally cast as "Cisco" in this film. Many reviewers praised Romero's performance and noted that he was a worthy successor to Baxter. HR news items noted that the film was shot on location at Lone Pine, CA for a week and that associate producer John Stone had taken over production chores from David Hempstead, who had resigned from Twentieth Century-Fox the week before production began. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see entry above for The Cisco Kid

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   2 Dec 1939.   
Daily Variety   25 Nov 39   p. 3.
Film Daily   2 Jan 40   p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter   7 Sep 39   p. 2, 6
Hollywood Reporter   8 Sep 39   p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter   9 Sep 39   pp. 5-6.
Hollywood Reporter   11 Sep 39   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   14 Sep 39   p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter   19 Sep 39   p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter   30 Sep 39   p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter   7 Oct 39   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   25 Nov 39   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   27 Nov 39   p. 7.
Motion Picture Daily   29 Nov 39   p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald   2 Dec 39   , 14581
New York Times   25 Dec 39   p. 29.
Variety   29 Nov 39   p. 14.

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