The Cisco Kid and the Lady


1h 13m 1939

Brief Synopsis

Just as Harbison kills a miner, Cisco and Gordito arrive and the dying miner rips his map into three pieces. Harbison tries to get the other two pieces but Cisco continues to outwit him. When Cisco takes the map from Billie who took it from Harbison, she identifies him and he is jailed. Having a change of heart she has a plan to get him out and he has a plan to trap Harbison.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Adventurer
Release Date
Dec 29, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Lone Pine, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the character created by O. Henry.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,600ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

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 fiancé, 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.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Adventurer
Release Date
Dec 29, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Lone Pine, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the character created by O. Henry.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,600ft (8 reels)

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Notes

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 Hollywood Reporter 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. Hollywood Reporter 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.