Series / The Cisco Kid
Cisco, let's win this, before we are dancing at the end of a rope, without music.
The Cisco Kid
was a half-hour American Western
that ran from 1950 to 1956. Starring Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carrillo, it was loosely based on the character of the same name in O. Henry
's 1907 short story, "The Caballero's Way”.
Adapted from the films of the 1910s, 1920s, 1930s and 1940s and the '40s radio show
of the same name, the TV series continued the adventures of Cisco and his partner Pancho. In the series, both Cisco and Pancho are technically desperadoes who are wanted for a number of unspecified crimes and wander the backcountry of Northern Mexico and the old American Southwest
to elude the law. However, they are viewed by townsfolk and honest, upstanding peace officers alike as modern-day Robin Hoods
because of their willingness to assist the oppressed and downtrodden
when political figures
and the law
either shows itself to be too crooked or refuses to help out. In the end, Cisco and Pancho always catch the bad guy, always save the girl
and always save the day.The Cisco Kid
is also famous for a number of television firsts. It was the first TV show to be filmed entirely in color. And, it was the very first TV show to have Hispanic actors in regular starring roles.
It was also nominated in 1953 for an Emmy in children's programming.
By the time the show ended in 1956, it was rated by Billboard
magazine as the most popular filmed television series for children in the United States. As well as becoming an influence in pop culture for generations of children and adults.
The Cisco Kid is the Trope Namer for:
- Oh, Cisco!: Every episode (which was brought over from the radio series) would end with either Pancho, or Cisco, either pointing out a positive moral or cracking a corny joke about their adventure, which would prompt Pancho to say "Oh, Cisssco!", which Cisco would reply with "Oh, Paaancho!" (or vice versa)... and everyone would laugh.
The Cisco Kid provides examples of:
- Clear My Name: If they’re not trying to clear their own, Cisco and Pancho are often clearing other people’s names.
- Cool Horse: Diablo, Cisco's blue-eyed, black and white paint horse. And, to a lesser extent, Pancho's horse Loco.
- Comic-Book Adaptation: Dell Comics published 41 issues, from 1950 to 1958, based on the TV show. It was also adapted into a syndicated comic strip that ran from 1951 to 1967.
- Criminal Doppelgänger: In the episode, "Boomerang", a shifty land seller masterminds a string of robberies with two henchmen that dress, and ride similar horses, as Cisco and Pancho.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Though Cisco wears a black shirt, pants, belt and boots… he has a white hat.
- The Drifter: After all, our heroes are wanted fugitives.
- Everybody Laughs Ending: "Oh, Cisco!" "Oh, Pancho!"