The Film Chest is teaming up with Topic Entertainment on Aug. 27 to deliver 26 digitally restored episodes of the classic television Western series, The Cisco Kid, as part of a six-disc DVD collection.
Based loosely on the O. Henry short story from the turn of the century, “The Caballero's Way,” the Cisco Kid and his sidekick Pancho became part of America lore with a series of films that stretched all the way back to the silent era. Included in the mix was the 1928 film release of In Old Arizona, with Warner Baxter winning Best Actor laurels for his portrayal of the Cisco Kid.
The television series, one of the first to take advantage of the new format with a launch in Sept. of 1950 (and filmed in color, even though TV sets at the time were black and white), starred Duncan Renaldo as Cisco and Leo Carrillo as Pancho (the first Hispanic television stars — beating Desi Arnaz (and Lucy) to the smallbox by a full season.
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