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Romance of the Rio Grande (1941)

Approved | | Action, Romance, Western | 17 January 1941 (USA)
When an old rancher (Cordoba)'s grandson is murdered, the Cisco Kid takes his place to find who's trying to take over the ranch.



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Complete credited cast:
Cisco Kid / Real and fake Carlos Hernandez
Maria Cordova
Ricardo de Vega
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Padre Martinez
Joseph MacDonald ...
Carlos Hernandez (as Joseph McDonald)
Inez Palange ...
Mama Lopez
Don Fernando de Vega
Henchman Carver (as Raphael Bennett)
Henchman Manuel
U. S. Marshal
Eva Puig ...


Wealthy and respected rancher Don Fernando de Vega fears for the future of his ranch after his death and sends for his grandson, Carlos Hernandez. Carlos is waylaid on his journey and seriously wounded. The famous bandit, the Cisco Kid, discovers that he is an exact double for the wounded Carlos. Cisco decides to "inherit" the ranch himself, and passes himself off as the long-awaited Carlos. But he discovers that Don Fernando's ostensibly loyal nephew Ricardo is plotting to inherit the ranch himself, and the attack on Carlos was Ricardo's first attempt to do so. Now Ricardo faces a healthy and unwounded "Carlos," and the Cisco Kid comes to respect the ailing Don Fernando so much that he considers saving the ranch not for himself but for Don Fernando's intended heir. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

17 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romance do Rio Grande  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Outlaw and heir
13 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Cesar Romero does double duty in Romance On The Rio Grande as he plays both the Cisco Kid and the heir to a rich estancia, one of the finest in all Arizona. Of course that's nowhere near the Rio Grande, but apparently even a major studio like 20th Century Fox gave westerns titles that had nothing to do with the story.

The Cisco Kid interrupts a holdup and discovers his lookalike, the heir to a large estancia newly arrived from Spain. The heir is wounded so Cisco goes to the estate to meet his grandfather Pedro DeCordoba and his cousin Ricardo Cortez who wants to gain control by any means necessary. He has a mistress in Patricia Morison equally ambitious. Ironically it's her ambitions that eventually bring about their downfall.

Romero acquits himself well in both roles and his Sancho Panza, Chris-Pin Martin as always gives us a few good laughs.

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