Ride on Vaquero


1h 4m 1941

Brief Synopsis

The Cisco Kid (Cesar Romero) is captured while keeping a rendezvous with cantina dancer Dolores (Joan Woodbury) but is released by his captor, the commander of a U.S. Army regiment, to help break up a kidnap ring. On his way to Las Tables with his pal, Gordito (Chris-Pin Martin), he makes a stop at the Martinez Rancho, where they learn that his friend Carlos (Robert Lowery) has been kidnapped, from his wife Marquerita (Lynne Roberts). At the Crystal Palace Saloon, Cisco runs into an old girlfriend, Sally (Mary Beth Hughes), who he once jilted for a tight-rope walker, but she doesn't betray him when the sheriff (Arthur Hohl) and an army officer (Robert 'Buddy' Shaw as Robert Shaw, since there was no other Robert Shaw at the time and this Robert Shaw had no need of the "Buddy" attribute given him by latter-day historians, who can't tell the players without a program and a roman numeral..and quite often not even then),enter searching for Cisco. While Cisco and the easily-forgiving Sally dance, the heads of the kidnap gang, the sheriff, Clark (Edwin Maxwell) and Redge (Don Costello), meet upstairs to discuss the plans for collecting the $50,000 ransom they have on Carlos. Cisco follows the kidnappers after they collect the ransom money, but before he can do anything about it, he is arrested and thrown in jail.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 18, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the character created by O. Henry.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 4m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,744ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

U.S. Cavalry troops in the Arizona territory are baffled by a series of kidnappings allegedly committed by a notorious but charming bandit known as "The Cisco Kid." Cisco and his sidekick Gordito are betrayed to the troopers by Cisco's girl friend Dolores, who wants the reward offered for his capture. The post commander, Colonel Warren, knows that Cisco would not stoop to kidnapping, however, and offers to let him escape if he will find the real culprits. Cisco at first refuses, but when Warren reveals that the kidnappers recently killed Don Pedro Martinez while abducting his son Carlos, Cisco changes his mind. When Cisco emigrated to America from Portugal, the Martinez family were his closest friends, and Cisco is determined to avenge Don Pedro's death and free Carlos. Cisco travels with Gordito to the Martinez ranch and learns from Carlos' wife Marguerita that she has obtained a $50,000 mortgage on the ranch from banker Dan Clark in order to pay the ransom. Cisco assures Marguerita, who knows him only as Don Juan, that he will find Carlos, then goes with Gordito to the town saloon, which is run by Redge and his henchman Sleepy. Clark, Redge and the corrupt town sheriff, Johnny Burns, are the ringleaders of the kidnapping gang, and have been acquiring the land of local ranchers after they are forced to mortgage their ranches to Clark in order to pay the ransoms. At the saloon, Cisco runs into dancer Sally Slocum, who is still bitter about their brief romance that ended years earlier. Cisco promises Sally that he is there to help the Martinez family, and she agrees not to turn him in. After Marguerita receives a message about where to leave the ransom, Cisco drops off the money and recognizes Redge and Burns as the couriers. He then trails them to Clark's office, where he realizes that they are all part of the gang. Later that evening, Cisco and Gordito find Carlos, ill but alive, in a deserted cabin, but are apprehended by Burns and his posse. Upon learning Cisco's true identity, Marguerita refuses to believe his story that Clark, Burns and Redge are the culprits, and he and Gordito are jailed. Cisco thinks that Sally turned him in, but actually he was identified by a Mexican blacksmith and his family. Cisco tries to contact Warren, but the colonel is killed in an Indian raid on the post. Sally engineers Cisco and Gordito's escape from jail, after which they succeed in capturing Clark. With the help of Bullfinch, the bank's night watchman, Cisco tricks Clark, Redge and Burns into signing confessions. Sally then holds the criminals at bay while Cisco and Gordito escape before the soldiers arrive.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 18, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the character created by O. Henry.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 4m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,744ft (7 reels)

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Trivia

Notes

Ride on, Vaquero was the last entry in Twentieth Century-Fox's "Cisco Kid" series. According to a May 15, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item, the studio did plan to make another picture in the series, to be titled The Cisco Kid Rides Again, with Ralph Dietrich acting as producer and Cesar Romero and Chris-Pin Martin reprising their roles. A August 14, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that the picture was "shelved," however, because after consulting with Addison Durland, the Latin-American Advisor of the MPAA, studio officials "feared unfavorable reaction from Mexican nationals." The news item further reported that "future Cisco Kid stories will be produced only after stories [are] approved by Motion Picture Society for the Americas." In 1945, Monogram released The Cisco Kid Returns, the first of a five-film "Cisco Kid" series starring Duncan Renaldo. Renaldo also played the character in The Cisco Kid television series, which ran from 1951 to 1955. In February 1994, TNT released a made-for-cable film entitled The Cisco Kid, which was directed by Luis Valdez and starred Jimmy Smits as "Cisco" and Cheech Marin as his friend "Pancho." For additional information on the series, please consult the Series Index and the entry for The Cisco Kid in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0727.