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The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid
Actors: Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo
Genres: Westerns, Television
NR     2004     8hr 20min


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Actors: Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo
Genres: Westerns, Television
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Television
Studio: Bci / Eclipse
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/12/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 8hr 20min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Television's First Color Series
Robert Huggins | Suburban Philadelphia, PA United States | 04/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wow!!! Here are 12 of the first 13 episodes from season 1 of "The Cisco Kid" that were broadcast between September and November of 1950. According to a number of accounts, "The Cisco Kid" was the first television series filmed in color, though color television sets would not make their "mass-market" debut until the late 1950s (another Western, "Bonanza," debuting in 1959, was filmed in color to help promote the sales of color television sets). The producers of the series correctly assumed that filming in color would extend the show's longer term syndication runs. As to the color quality of the prints used for these episodes . . . yes, the color has that "washed out" look, but nowhere near as bad as I had expected. In fact, for a number of the episodes, the color is quite good and the prints are relatively defect-free, though the transfers are certainly not modern "high definition" quality.As to the shows themselves, the 1950s saw a huge number of Westerns on television . . . basically, shorter versions of the B-Westerns of the 1930s and 1940s. For me, I find that most of the plots of these shows are interchangeable . . . episodes for "The Cisco Kid," with minor changes, could easily be adapted to the similar series "The Lone Ranger" and other Westerns of the era. What makes "The Cisco Kid" stand out is the casting of its two stars, Duncan Renaldo as "Cisco" and Leo Carrillo as his trusty sidekick "Pancho." The actors bring a great sense of play to their roles and their interaction with each other is terrific, making the show a standout. Forget about the plots; the duo of "Cisco" and "Pancho" is one of the most memorable in the Western genre.There are no extras on this two-disc budget release from the Platinum Disc Corporation but that's OK . . . these episodes are highly watchable and enjoyable. The only negatives are a musical score that's repeated many times over in each episode and Platinum's logo which appears from time-to-time in the bottom right corner, but these are minor distractions and really don't detract too much from the overall viewing experience.The episodes included in the set are as follows:Disc 1Boomerang (Episode 1)
Medicine Flats (Episode 8)
Railroad Land Rush (Episode 9)
Big Switch (Episode 4)
Convict Story (Episode 5)
Oil Land (Episode 6)Disc 2Counterfeit Money (Episode 2)
Cattle Rustling (Episode 3; also called "Rustling")
The Will (Episode 10)
Cattle Quarantine (Episode 11)
Renegade Son (Episode 12)
False Marriage (episode 13)"
Here's Adventure! Here's Romance!
patriciaruth | 08/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Here's Adventure! Here's Romance! Here's O'Henry's Robin Hood of the Old West! And in COLOR, too, as it was one of the first TV series shot in color.

We all loved the Cisco Kid! And I loved him again in these episodes with him and Pancho from the old TV series killing bad guys and eyeing the ladies. They did their own stunts. They actually hit what they were shooting at. And they had to reload their guns. And they didn't mind a using guerrilla tactics to get the drop on a bad guy.

Sure the scripts are mostly formula, but the cowboy is the hero and the bad guys are bad. Lots of fun! You'll see a few old stars drop in for a role -- like an uncredited Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd) and Lois Lane (Noel Neill) among others.

Never mind that Diablo is at least 5 different horses, sometimes changing spots three or four times in a episode, it really is Duncan Renaldo riding him. And it really is Leo Carrillo at 70 years old riding Loco.

Ditto the first reviewer, except....
Eclectic Revisited | Arizona | 10/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember vividly the TV show that started in the movies in the 1940s. I believe Gilbert Roland played Cisco in most of those but Duncan Reynaldo took over later and was Cisco on TV as well. I am going to wait a bit to buy, but I am only checking this out for one reason. The repetitious use of the music on the show in conjunction with the great scenery touches a cord with me. I wish I knew where it was on a CD because it touched me the same way as a kid. It is not so hard to believe somebody might like the theme from, say, "Gunsmoke" or "The Rifleman" from back when; that's easy. The background music on these shows apparently have no name. Over the years, I've wished and wished I could get those bits of music from "The Cisco Kid"; they conjure up images that bring a melancholic authenticity to so-so scripts and fantasy. Soon they'll be mine."
Gotta love it! Here are the episodes!
Polly A. Burroughs | Cincinnati, OH | 05/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Side #1 -- Disc One, Side A
Oil Land
Chain Lightning
Medicine Flats
Railroad Land Rush
The Will
Side #2 -- Disc One, Side B
Ball Jar Bellies
Lynching Story
Newspaper Crusaders
Dog Story
Confession For Money
Side #3 -- Disc Two, Side A
The Old Bum
Haven For Heavies
Pancho Hostage
Freight Line Feud
Stolen Bonds
Side #4 -- Disc Two, Side B
Quarter Horse
Jewelry Holdup
Ghost Town
Buried Treasure
Renegade Son"