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The Gay Caballero (1940)

Approved | | Western | 4 October 1940 (USA)
The Cisco Kid and his buddy Gordito arrive in town and learn that Cisco is supposedly dead. Not only that: Before his death, he is believed to have attempted to steal Susan Wetherby's land.

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Susan Wetherby
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Billy Brewster
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The Cisco Kid and his buddy Gordito arrive in town and learn that Cisco is supposedly dead. Not only that: Before his death, he is believed to have attempted to steal Susan Wetherby's land. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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O'Henry's debonair desperado...the Cisco Kid...rides again...quicker on the draw...more gay and gallant than ever! (original pressbook ad - including reference to O. Henry as "O'Henry."

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Banditernas skräck  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The production was stopped in early June 1940, when Cesar Romero broke his leg. It resumed on 5 August 1940. In the interim, director Otto Brower served as second unit director on the film Brigham Young (1940) and directed Youth Will Be Served (1940). See more »

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OK Way To Pass The Time
23 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Straying far from the original character of O. Henry's Cisco Kid, this movie has Cesar Romero portraying the title character as more of a rogue bandido/Robin Hood with a touch of whimsy. Blame the scriptwriters for that, since it was only the name "Cisco Kid" that appealed to them, as they turned the originally Anglo Kid into a Mexican.

Having been in films for a number of years, Cesar Romero might have thought that his assignment to B movies to be a demotion, but after all, contract players had to do what they were told. He would soon be playing opposite 20th Century-Fox's biggest female stars, Betty Grable and Alice Faye, in those Technicolor extravaganzas.

The remainder of the cast is comprised of veteran character actors, plus Sheila Ryan (another 20th contract player) as "the girl" (you know there always has to be a "girl"). You also get to see an early Robert Sterling, as the boy who gets the girl.

Since the film runs only about an hour, one can't expect too much substance. There are the typical Western plot elements—greedy landowner, robbery, holdups, guys in jail—all the goodies crammed in to make the formula work. Nevertheless, there are worse ways to spend an hour.


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