The Valiant Hombre


60m 1949

Brief Synopsis

The Cisco Kid (Duncan Renaldo) and Pancho (Leo Carrillo) find a dog, Daisy (played by Daisy), grieving for its lost master. Cisco senses a plot when he later learns that the missing man, Paul Mason (John James), recently discovered a gold lode in the nearby hills. The trail leads to the owner of a gambling hall, Lon Lansdell (John Litel). Linda Mason (Barbara Billingsley), searching for her lost brother, is met when she arrives by Cisco, who tries to hell her the true story as he sees it, but she prefers to believe Landell's version of her brother's disappearance. Lansdell leads Linda to her brother, and she is used in an attempt to make Mason disclose the location of his gold strike. But Cisco and Pancho are close by.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1949
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 18 Mar 1949
Production Company
Inter-American Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
United Artists Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the character created by O. Henry.

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,520ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

In Brownsville, Texas, cowboys Pancho and "The Cisco Kid" meet a man named Joe Haskins, while he is trying to feed a heartbroken dog named Daisy, who has lost her appetite as well as her master, gold prospector Paul Mason. After Cisco gets Daisy to eat a bite, he sends Pancho to the café to get some more meat, then listens while Joe recounts the events leading up to Paul's disappearance: One day, Paul swaggered into the saloon, ordered champagne for himself, Joe and Daisy and announced that he had struck a vein. Paul showed Joe some of his nuggets and said that he planned to record the claim in the morning. Joe then got drunk, passed out and, when he woke up later, Paul was gone. Back on the street, Joe is suddenly shot by a gunman firing from the saloon, so Cisco runs inside with his gun drawn. By the time Sheriff Dodge and Deputy Clay arrive, Joe is dead, and Cisco and Pancho are arrested for his murder and jailed. While guarding Cisco and Pancho, Clay falls asleep, so Cisco tells Daisy to fetch the keys for them. As they are sneaking out, Clay wakes up, but Cisco manages to lock him in the cell. After Cisco persuades the undertaker to accompany him to the sheriff's office, Cisco demonstrates that the fatal bullet's caliber differs from Pancho's pistol. The sheriff lets them go, and is forced to arrest the real culprit, an outlaw named Pete, who is murdered shortly thereafter by an unseen shooter. On his way back to the jailhouse, Cisco meets his friend, Whiskers, whose stagecoach, which is carrying Paul's sister Linda to town, has become stuck in a river. Meanwhile, Lon Lansdell, a saloon keeper who is working with the gang, goes to the shack where Paul is being held and threatens to harm Linda unless he reveals the location of his claim. When Daisy comes up to Lansdell and sniffs enthusiastically at him, Cisco and Pancho surmise that he has been near Paul. After Cisco goes to Linda's hotel room and tells her that she is not safe in town, she rudely slams the door in his face. Cisco then gets Pancho to tell Linda that he is there to take her to the Murdocks' ranch, where she is expected to arrive tomorrow, saying that her hosts refused to allow her to stay in a hotel even for one night and have sent a carriage. When they arrive at the shack, she realizes that she has been tricked and tries to escape, but Cisco picks her up and carries her inside. Shortly thereafter, Lansdell and the gang arrive and burst in with their guns drawn. Lansdell then tells Linda that they have found the gang's hideout and offers to take her there. After they leave, Cisco and Pancho wrestle with their guards and tie them up, purposely leaving their knots loose, so that they can escape and lead them to the hideout. When Cisco and Pancho arrive, the outlaws begin firing on them. Eventually, the henchmen surrender, and when he tries to escape across a suspension bridge, Lansdell falls from the cliff to his death below. Later, Cisco and Pancho say farewell to Paul, Linda and Daisy.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1949
Premiere Information
Los Angeles opening: 18 Mar 1949
Production Company
Inter-American Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
United Artists Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the character created by O. Henry.

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,520ft (8 reels)

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Notes

According to New York Times, this film was shot on location in California's San Fernando Valley. Although the onscreen credits list the copyright date as 1948, the Copyright Catalog lists it as 1949. Modern sources include the following actors in the cast: Herman Hack, Hank Bell, Budd Buster, Eddie Parker and Dave Sharpe. For additional information on the "Cisco Kid" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for The Cisco Kid in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0727.