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The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca 

Wherever this man went--there was trouble. Death stalked him at every turn. Elfego Baca is "The man who couldn't be killed!" Incredible...but every astounding incident actually happened.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writer:

Norman Foster
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Loggia ... Elfego Baca
Robert F. Simon ... Deputy Marshal Ed Morgan
Lisa Montell ... Anita Chavez
Nestor Paiva ... Justice of the Peace
Leonard Strong ... Zangana Martinez
Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell ... Dice Smith
Robert Hover Robert Hover ... Jim Spears (as Linc Foster) (credit only)
Rico Alaniz ... El Sinverguenza (credit only)
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Wherever this man went--there was trouble. Death stalked him at every turn. Elfego Baca is "The man who couldn't be killed!" Incredible...but every astounding incident actually happened.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cerrillos, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This particular program was also released theatrically (under the slightly-changed title of "The 9 Lives of Elfego Baca"). The one-sheet poster lists the distributor as Buena Vista. See more »

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Adventurer, Gunfighter, Sheriff, Attorney...a Disneyfication of history, but still great fun
30 August 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

New York-trained actor Robert Loggia portrays real-life western hero Elfego Baca, "The Man Who Couldn't Be Killed"...and the unlikely match between performer and role turns out to be a sensational one. Loggia is adroit and convincing as a Mexican-American gunfighter for justice in Old West New Mexico, here making a citizen's arrest on a drunken gringo and gaining the ire of his buddies, who form a lynch-mob; Baca defends himself from the bloodthirsty gang for thirty-three legendary hours while holed up in a shack, eventually emerging unscathed and with a new awareness of how to go after injustice: by studying to become an attorney. Not a vivid recreation of history, but smart and appealing, with a clear-cut take on who the bad guys are and why they must be brought in (nothing is implied, but that's acceptable in this format). A shootout set in and around a hotel is noisy and extended for little purpose, and the supporting characters aren't really fleshed out (they're just mouth-pieces to set the plot in motion). However, charismatic Loggia cuts quite a figure in a star-making lead performance; he never forces his charm--nor his character's authority--and his deft, crafty touch makes Elfego Baca just as likable as another Disney hero from television, Don Diego Vega, a.k.a. Zorro.


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