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This classic western series was the first to be filmed in color, even though the majority of television sets in the country were black and white. The show presented the tales of The Cisco Kid (Duncan Renaldo) and his trusty sidekick Pancho (Leo Carrillo) as they traveled about the West, coming to the aid of those in need of it. One of the most interesting aspects about this program is the fact the main characters were Hispanic and presented in a positive manner, making it unique since most programming on television at the time featured Caucasian performers presenting shows geared toward a Caucasian audience.
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And I've lost count of how many Tobiano Paint horses were used to play Cisco's horse "Diablo". I'm up to at least four, but there might be more. Sometimes it has a white face with a lot of white patches on the sides, then you see it with an almost completely black head and body with just a few white markings on the sides. In the episode "Vigilante Story", in the final scene where Cisco is riding after the bad guy, the horse is almost completely black while he is riding full out, then he gets up to where the bad guy has jumped off his horse and all of a sudden the horse has all the white markings again.
These shows were probably produced low budget but they are great fun to watch and enjoy all over again and see Pancho and Cisco give the bad guys their comeuppance.
Once I got used to the idea that "The Best of the Cisco Kid" collection was better than what I already had, I did start finding small flaws here and there, a second of two color static probably caused by a tape roll, a second of blackness which had been the place to cut to a commercial, a break in the tape or film that had been fixed by an amputation there, and a small logo appears in each episode for thirty seconds or so. For viewers who find the logos an issue the flaws will seem much greater than they do to me; since I was initially prepared for much worse technical flaws I'm not very bothered by any of the minor problems I've noticed so far.
If I didn't thoroughly enjoy the adventure of Cisco and Pancho I wouldn't have order this collection in the first place, but I may as well note that from what I've seen so far I'm going to get a lot of enjoyment from it.
This 3-DVD set is priced around $7.50 and if nothing else is an outstanding value. This set is titled " The Best Of The Cisco Kid" and includes 35 episodes filmed in color (supposedly the first series to be filmed in color when there were only black and white televisions) which is somewhat faded at times but fully watchable.
The plots of the series varied, of course, but basically Cisco and Pancho were always becoming involved to help the good and thwart the sinister doings of the bad guys. Even now, when I watch these shows they are interesting and have halfway believable story lines. Of course a lot of ammo is used and considerable fighting is necessary to defeat the evildoers and to exonerate the wrongfully accused or framed individuals. There is also comedy, mostly originating from Pancho due to the situations he becomes involved in. And if that isn't enough, you can watch Diablo (Cisco's horse) to see how many times his markings change in an episode. There must have been 5 or 6 Diablos used at different times, possibly to spell a tired mount after several takes of a scene.
My recommendation is to spring for the meager price of this set, and after watching I believe you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
Now my kids can see one of their father's idols when he was 5 years old.