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The Cisco Kid was a half-hour Western American television series written by O. Henry, J. Bendon Cheney, and Barry Cohon. The main character is the Cisco Kid (played by Duncan Renaldo), who shared adventures with his fun-loving sidekick, Pancho (voiced by Leo Carrillo). These two were considered desperadoes and were wanted for random crimes. The audience viewed the duo as Robin-hood like in nature; they helped citizens who were down on their luck from corrupted authority figures. Much of the humor in the series was drawn from Leo Carrillo bumbling his way through the English language. The horses (Diablo and Loco) became beloved by fans of the show. The show dealt with some serious plots that were often layered with comedy. An example is the episode The Raccoon Story where Cisco and Pancho deliver a certificate of an old miner's death, only to discover that all the property was left to the miner's best friend, his dog. The Cisco Kid came from a series of literature written by O. Henry. The original name of the series was The Caballero's Way. In this original story, The Cisco Kid wasn't friendly, heroic or Hispanic at all, as he is portrayed in the television series. In the years of 1942-1955, The Cisco Kid became a radio drama, and the TV series began in 1949. An interesting fact is that Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo had the honor of becoming the first regular Hispanic TV stars, opening the stage to future Hispanic stars such as Desi Arnaz in I Love Lucy. The program aired through syndication from 1950-1956. A special aspect of the Cisco Kid is that it was the first TV series to be filmed in color. Most viewers saw the show in black and white. The Cisco Kid TV show was nominated for an Emmy Award for children's programming in 1953.