Chasing women and staying one step ahead of the law, the Cisco Kid meets Raquel and then Dolores. He sees that Raoul is the boy friend of Raquel but engaged to Dolores. Learning that all ...
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Chasing women and staying one step ahead of the law, the Cisco Kid meets Raquel and then Dolores. He sees that Raoul is the boy friend of Raquel but engaged to Dolores. Learning that all her money will got to her uncle Don Jose when she marries Raoul, Cisco suspects a plot and sets out to unravel it. Written by
Maurice VanAuken <email@example.com>
"Riding the California Trail" was one of six Cisco Kid films made by Monogram starring Gilbert Roland for the 1946/47 season. It's one of the weakest of the series with a minimum of action.
The story involves a scheme by local rancher Don Jose Ramirez (Martin Garralaga) to marry off his niece Delores (Inez Cooper) to Raoul (Ted Hecht) in order to get their hands on her inheritance from her father. Cisco (Roland) and "Baby" (Frank Yaconelli) ride into town and become involved.
Cisco becomes enraptured with the beautiful Delores, also known as "The Angel of San Lorenzo" because she gives her money to the poor and also plans to do so with her inheritance. Cisco also romances saloon dancer Raquel (Teala Loring) who is also involved with Raoul to obtain information. And that's basically it.
Save for a short uninspired fist fight and two poorly staged sword fights between Cisco and Raoul, that's the only real action in the film. Cisco spends most of his time romancing the ladies which I'm sure would have not gone over too big with the Saturday matinée crowd.
Roland again plays Cisco as the love'em and leave'em bold caballero who also smokes and drinks tequila (a no-no for "B" western heroes). Garralaga, who had played "Pacho" in an earlier series with Duncan Renaldo, again plays a weak willed villain. Hecht didn't impress me as the chief villain.
In several films in this series, the name "Cisco Kid" is clearly dubbed in and the "The End" title looks an awful lot like that of Paramount Pictures. Was this series begun at Paramount as a non-Cisco Kid series. I haven't been able to find out if this was the case or not.
Where's Harry Woods and Charlie King when you need them?
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