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The Cisco Kid: American Hero, Hispanic Roots

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ISBN-13: 978-1931010498
ISBN-10: 1931010498
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Bilingual Review Pr (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931010498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931010498
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,703,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cisco and Pancho were favorites of mine from childhood and I recently rediscovered the TV series through my employment with a TV station. I had not known there were previous Cisco movies or that Cisco was portrayed by actors other than Duncan Renaldo, but have so enjoyed the 1945 movies. This book has added greatly to my enjoyment of the movies and series with fascinating details such as an eyewitness account of Duncan Renaldo's narrow escape from death in a stunt mishap during the series, which could have ended the series. The book starts with O. Henry's short story that started it all (and includes the story), and follows Cisco through his various incarnations. The writing style is very friendly and humorous and the author's love of his subject is obvious. The illustrations and photos are fascinating. This book was worth every penny. The one thing I wish it had included: why the 1949 movie "Valiant Hombre" as well as all the Cisco movies starring Cesar Romero as Cisco are not available on video. I have not been able to find any information online anywhere about these movies though all the others are readily available, even the earliest one with Warner Baxter.
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Bilingual Press/Editorial Biling-Ue Publishing presents - "THE CISCO KID - AMERICAN HERO, HISPANIC ROOTS" -- In this new book co-authors Francis M. Nevins and Gary D. Keller trail the history of the character, from his initial creation outside the Hispanic world to his Hollywood interpretation as a Latino persona, Arizona State University' s Bilingual Press --- The Cisco Kid is a film, radio, television and comic book series based on the fictional Western character created by O. Henry in his short story "The Caballero's Way", published in 1907 in the collection "Heart of the West" --- Films and television depicted the Cisco Kid as a heroic Mexican caballero, although in O. Henry's original story, he was a non-Hispanic character and a cruel outlaw.

Numerous films featured the character, beginning in the silent film era with William R. Dunn portraying the Cisco Kid in "The Caballero's Way" (1914), followed by "The Border Terror" (1919) --- Warner Baxter won an Oscar for his portrayal of the Cisco Kid in the early sound film "In Old Arizona" (1928), directed by Irving Cummings and Raoul Walsh, who was originally slated to play the lead until a jackrabbit jumping through a windshield cost him an eye while on location.

The Cisco Kid film series with Cesar Romero in the title role began with "The Cisco Kid and the Lady" (1939), and Duncan Renaldo took over the reins in 1945 on the big screen with "The Cisco Kid Returns" --- Beginning with "The Gay Cavalier" (1946), Gilbert Roland played the character in a half-dozen 1946-1947 movies.
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Among the cowboy heroes of American popular culture, the Cisco Kid and Zorro were the only Hispanic examples of the genre to star in novels, films, movie serials, comic books, and television series. The collaborative work of Francis M. Nevins (Professor Emeritus, St. Louis University School of Law) and Gary D. Keller (Regents' Professor, Arizona State University), "The Cisco Kid: American Hero, Hispanic Roots" provides readers with an historical overview and analytical insights into the development of fictional character first penned by O. Henry and went on to capture the popular imaginations as the embodiment of an Hispanic hero of the Old West set in a mainstream American culture. Profusely and beautifully illustrated throughout with film stills, lobby cards, poster, and television images, "The Cisco Kid" is a unique examination of this specific character within the context of iconic cowboy Hollywood heroism, other Hispanic characters, and the actors who played them so well. Also available in a hardcover edition, "The Cisco Kid" is highly recommended for academic and community library collections, and will prove an informed and informative read for anyone who has ever thrilled to the adventures of the Cisco Kid and his faithful companion Pancho!
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