|THE GAY AMIGO (director: Wallace Fox; screenwriters: Doris Schroeder/based on characters by O'Henry; cinematographer: Ernest Miller; editor: Martin Cohn; music: Albert Glasser; cast: Duncan Renaldo (The Cisco Kid), Leo Carillo (Pancho), Armida (Rosita), Joe Sawyer (Sgt. McNulty), Kenneth MacDonald (Captain Lewis), Walter Baldwin (Editor Stoneham), Fred Kohler Jr. (Brack), Fred Crane (Henchman Duke); Runtime: 62; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Philip Krasne; Mill Creek Entertainment; 1949)|
|"Though the story is weak,
Renaldo and Carillo offer colorful
portrayals and give spirited performances to
overcome its deficits."
by Dennis Schwartz
Fox ("Block Busters"/"Docks of New York"/"Wild
Beauty") amiably directs the second "Cisco Kid" picture for
United Artists. In the 1950s, the film's Cisco Kid, Duncan
Renaldo, starred in the popular long-running series on
TV. Writer Doris Schroeder keeps intact the
mandatory fistfights and takes a whack at comedy over
the minced Mexican dialogue between The Cisco Kid and
his funny sidekick Pancho.
American side of the Mexican border, The Cisco Kid (Duncan
Renaldo) and his sidekick Pancho (Leo
Carillo) are mistakenly identified by U.S. Cavalry Sergeant McNulty (Joe Sawyer) as
the leaders of the Mexican bandits who just staged a
robbery. Captain Lewis ( Kenneth MacDonald) decides
not to arrest them but have Sergeant McNulty follow them so they
can capture the entire gang. In order to catch the
real culprits, The Cisco Kid and Pancho
pretend to be bandits and rob a stagecoach. In their
investigation, they discover the Mexican bandits are
Americans. They also discover the head of the ruthless
outlaws is the blacksmith Brack (Fred Kohler Jr. ) and the
big boss is the editor of the local Arizona newspaper,
Though the story is weak, Renaldo and Carillo offer colorful portrayals and give spirited performances to overcome its deficits.
REVIEWED ON 8/24/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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