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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.

6 Seasons, 164 Episodes
September 5, 1960
Cast: Duncan Renaldo
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The Cisco Kid Full Episode Guide

  • When an old friend of our heroes disappears along with a shipment of money, Cisco and Pancho set out to clear his name.

  • Cisco uses a boomerang from a magician's kit to expose a crooked politician and apprehend a mysterious killer who uses a blowgun as his weapon of death.

  • Cisco and Pancho become entangled in a shoemaker's blackmail plot when Pancho stops off to get his boots repaired.

  • Cisco and Pancho come to the defense of a young man who's been accused of stealiing the jewelry of an opera singer.

  • Cisco and Pancho try to help a Scotsman get his job with Wells Fargo back after he's ambushed by bandits.

  • Cisco and Pancho get involved with three individuals: a gypsy palm reader, a seemingly respectable businessman, and an outlaw seeking his share of the loot from a prior robbery.

  • A damsel needs the help of Pancho and Cisco when she comes West to take possession of a ranch she just inherited.

  • Cisco tries to rescue a mine owner who's trapped in a collapsed tunnel only to be trapped there himself when the apparent accident turns out to be deliberate.

  • This time Cisco and Pancho pursue a group of scumbags who are holding a bottle of smallpox vaccine for ransom.

  • A newspaper editor wrongly accuses Cisco and Pancho of taking bribes from the criminal element in a town.

  • Cisco and Pancho go after a con man who keeps selling a ranch he doesn't own.

  • When their horses are stolen in an ambush, Pancho and Cisco try to purchase fresh mounts but it appears that everyone in the area doesn't want to sell to our heroes.

  • Cisco and Pancho try to help a pair of star-crossed lovers find happiness despite strenuous opposition from the man's wealthy mother.

  • Three outlaws who are after Cisco's hide kidnap Pancho and use him as bait to lure our hero into a fatal trap.

  • Cisco and Pancho use Mexican jumping beans to help them apprehend three escaped convicts.

  • A stageline owner, plagued by robberies, substitutes dynamite for gold in his next shipment.

  • Cisco comes to the aid of an expectant father who's suffering from financial woes.

  • Cisco and Pancho trail a wanted killer to an Army recruiting station and encounter a corrupt military doctor who enlists wanted men into the service under aliases.

  • It's Cisco and Pancho to the rescue when a pretty school teacher is kidnapped.

  • Cisco tries to keep a youth from taking up with a gang of outlaws.

  • Cisco and Pancho help a pair of lawmen capture a band of outlaws who tap into telegraph wires to learn of upcoming gold shipments.

  • Cisco and Pancho come to the aid of a New York police officer who has come west in search of the killer of his former commander. Using a clever ruse, they are able to expose the killer.

  • Cisco must clear a Native American of a murder charge.

  • Cisco comes to the aid of a robbery witness who happens to be the niece of the chief bandit.

  • On the trail of an outlaw who killed a prospector, Pancho and Cisco encounter an eccentric millionaire who lives in a desert castle.

  • Cisco and Pancho go after three robbers, one of whom is a teenager, who killed a sheriff during their getaway.

  • Cisco teaches a former circus acrobat how to ride and shoot.

  • Cisco and Pancho come to the aid of a bicycle riding tenderfoot who was cheated out of a gold claim by swindlers.

  • The Cisco Kid settles an old family feud by preventing spitfire Terry Monahan from killing Gil Parker, a young man newly arrived from the East. Cisco learns the feud is fanned by Uncle Frank, and Warren Sturgis, who plot the death of Terry and Gil.

  • Cisco and Pancho come to the aid of a professor searching for the lost treasure of Aztec emperor Montezuma.

  • Cisco and Pancho join an outlaw gang in an attempt to solve a series of stagecoach robberies.

  • Cisco and Pancho come to the aid of a photographer who just caught a murder at a gold mining site on film.

  • A former circus juggler blames Cisco and Pancho for the worthless mine he recently purchased and tries to kill them.

  • Cisco and Pancho decide to pay a visit to an old friend at his ranch but upon arrival they learn that the pal has been murdered and his widow is planning to sell the spread.

  • Cisco escorts a wealthy Bostonian to her daughter's ranch but finds himself charged with kidnapping and robbery when both women disappear.

  • Cisco and Pancho try to trap the real killer of a rancher through the use of a farmer's almanac, a full moon, and the Army signal system.

  • Cisco and Pancho capture an outlaw leader but while taking him into custody are ambushed by the man's gang while passing through a ghost town.

  • Pancho poses as the uncle of a young woman whose banker father apparently committed suicide after losing most of the bank's money. Cisco smells a rat and decides to investigate.

  • Cisco tries to figure out which of three suspects is a robber. His only clue is a hat found near the scene of the crime.

  • Cisco and Pancho come to the aid of a young doctor who's just been framed for embezzlement by a hospital trustee.

  • Cisco and Pancho run a ruse to trap a gang of outlaws by making them think that their hideout is in the center of a upcoming major gold rush.

  • Cisco and Pancho help an ex-convict track down the leader of his old gang who has started a new life for himself.

  • Cisco and Pancho go up against a crooked deputy sheriff who's desperate to find the location of buried treasure from the Civil War and has already killed once.

  • Cisco helps a father regain the respect of his son.

  • Turnabout is fair play when Cisco and Pancho kidnap a gambler who cheated a friend of theirs and force him to work a worthless but salted gold mine.

  • Cisco and Pancho go up against a scammer who's out to steal the funds of a town desperately in need of water.

  • An egotistical ham actor confesses to bank robbery and murder thus requiring Cisco and Pancho to save him from a lynch mob. But later Cisco discovers that the grave of the supposed murder victim is empty.

  • Cisco and Pancho match wits against a robber who has pulled off a series of seemingly impossible thefts.

  • Escorting a safecracker to jail, Cisco and Pancho's stagecoach is captured by bandits who take all passengers to a ghost town named Gold Strike.

  • Cisco is on the case when a station master and a gold shipment both go missing.

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