Joe Sawyer, the villain in an earlier, Romero, Cisco movie, Lucky Cisco Kid, has now become the dumb Army sergeant (the part taken by Dana Andrews in his first Western in the previous one), outwitted at every turn by the pardners. In this one he gets cross and there are fisticuffs but Cisco easily wins.
The local military is commanded by Captain Kenneth MacDonald and his second-in-command is Lt. Clayton Moore. Moore had actually appeared in 14 feature Westerns before becoming the Lone Ranger in September 1949. The Gay Amigo was released in May so he hadn’t yet donned the mask and was still rather a minor player. In fact he is soon written out, Sgt. Sawyer taking over as the captain’s right hand man.
Mind, there’s some extremely fake bronco-busting with Sawyer and Renaldo trying vainly to convince the audience that the mechanical contraption they are ‘riding’ in the studio is a real bronc. Renaldo is particularly bad at this.
There’s a gal, naturally, Rosita (Armida, a vaudeville star who, however, doesn’t sing and dance in this picture apart from one short song). I must say Cisco didn’t woo her all that much. The sergeant fancies her, though, just as Dana did Lola in that earlier movie. These films all had pretty well the same plot.
Sadly, they don’t finish with the “Oh, Pancho!”/”Oh, Cisco!” ending we know and love. You have to wait for the TV series to start in 1950 for that. In The Gay Amigo they just ride off for another adventure.
No one will pretend that this is a classy A-Western but it provides an hour of harmless black & white fun.
Nice pick, Jeff. No, these films were certainly not great art but I suppose because I sort of grew up in the 50s with Cisco and Panch on TV I can't help myself having a very big soft spot for them. Let's went!
Me too, and I'll always be a Cisco/Pancho fan.
Jeff, yes the Cisco Kid movies are good harmless fun in black and white. I think these movies should have their moments in the sun. Another word about Wallace Fox the director. He and his brothers screenwriter Finis Fox and director Edwin Carewe(Jay Fox) were Chickasaw, on their mother's side of the family. Their names are on the Chickasaw Tribal Census of 1907.
'Edwin Carewe' sounds very posh, maybe from Oxford, England. But being named for a bird and a canine seems much better to me.
Thanks for the list, Jeff. Very useful. I have just used it to look up 'The Last Sunset'. Strange film. An undercurrent of sex and regret and shame like no other western I can think of. Makes you wonder why it was made as a western at all. Maybe that's why it doesn't work. Paul
Interesting point. You could be right.