Beauty and the Bandit


1h 17m 1946

Brief Synopsis

Love complicates the Cisco Kid's plans to return stolen money to the poor.

Film Details

Genre
Western
Release Date
Nov 9, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the character created by O. Henry.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Outlaw The Cisco Kid learns from a former member of his band that a rich, young Frenchman named Du Bois has recently landed at a California port and will travel with a chest of silver to the town of San Marino. Pretending to be a policeman, Cisco meets Du Bois and offers the services of himself and several of his men as escorts. Unknown to Cisco, Du Bois is actually a woman named Jeanne, who has disguised herself as a man. Along the way, Cisco's men remove the silver from the chest and replace it with stones. Meanwhile, in San Marino, Doc Walsh and his associate, Valegra, quarrel when Valegra frets about his part in Walsh's scheme to drive the farmers off their land by poisoning their grain. Walsh plans to use the silver that Jeanne is bringing to town to buy the land and sell it at a high price in Europe. After Cisco and Jeanne arrive, Jeanne reveals her true identity to Walsh, who had been a business associate of her dead father. When Walsh tells Jeanne that there is no silver in the chest, she lies that she has hidden the silver in a safe place. The next morning, Jeanne drops her male disguise, and Cisco offers to give her a riding lesson. In the middle of the lesson, Cisco is summoned by his sidekick, Baby, who informs him that the real police chief has arrived and has arrested several of Cisco's men. Followed by Jeanne, Cisco rescues his men and then heads for his hideout. At the camp, Jeanne reveals that she knows Cisco stole her money, but did not tell Walsh because she has fallen in love with him. When Cisco learns what Jeanne plans to do with the money, he scolds her for the ugliness in her heart and spanks her. He adds that he has dedicated his life to helping the poor and does not want to settle down with any woman. When they all return to town, they find that the starving farmers have eaten the poisoned grain and are dying. While Cisco and his men demand the antidote from Valegra, a reformed Jeanne pays Walsh for the deed and then burns it. Walsh then locks Jeanne in one of the rooms, intending to lure Cisco to the house and kill him. Despite Walsh's attempts to confuse Cisco with ventriloquism, however, Cisco kills him. The next day, the police arrest Cisco, who has a criminal record, but Cisco escapes and rejoins his men, who will continue to fight for the poor.

Film Details

Genre
Western
Release Date
Nov 9, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the character created by O. Henry.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Although Glenn Strange has a fine voice, and sang very well in a number of B-Westerns, his voice is dubbed when his character, Sailor Bill, "sings" "Blow the Man Down".

Notes

According to modern sources, star Gilbert Roland wrote additional dialogue for this film. For more information about "The Cisco Kid" series, consult Series Index and see entry for The Cisco Kid in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0727.