CTVA US Western - "The Cisco Kid" (ZIV/Syndicated) (1950-56) starring Duncan Renaldo, Leo Carrillo

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The Cisco Kid (1950-56)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Sal Crisanti [SC]  Louis H. Allgood [LHA] Tom Dischley [TD], Rina Fox
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)

The Cisco Kid (season 1) (ZIV-Syndicated) (1950-1951)
The Cisco Kid (season 2) (ZIV-Syndicated) (1951-1952)
The Cisco Kid (season 3) (ZIV-Syndicated) (1952-1953)
The Cisco Kid (season 4) (ZIV-Syndicated) (1953-1954)
The Cisco Kid (season 5) (ZIV-Syndicated) (1954-1955)
The Cisco Kid (season 6) (ZIV-Syndicated) (1955-1956)

Ziv Television Programs, Inc.
Cisco Kid Pictures, Inc. (C.P., Inc.) Production (final season 1955-56)
Rhodes Enterprises, Inc. (current copyright holder)
for First-Run Syndication
Produced by FREDERICK W. ZIV, WALTER SCHWIMMER
Supervising Producer, Joseph M.D'Amico (eps 1-52 according to copyright)

US Western Series 1950-56 156 episodes x 30 min Color 
6 seasons @ 24 episodes per season
starring
Duncan Renaldo
as The Cisco Kid (horse - Diablo)
Leo Carrillo
as Pancho (horse - Loco)
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Stunts: (some stuntmen also appear in various roles)
David Sharpe
(Duncan Renaldo's Stunt Double (season 1)(1950-51)
George De Normand (Leo Carrillo's Stunt Double (season 1)(1950-51)
Troy Melton (Duncan Renaldo's Stunt Double (seasons 2-6)(1951-56)
Bill Catching (Leo Carrillo's Stunt Double)(seasons 2-6)(1951-56)

Guest Cast Note:
Several episodes give credit to actors who did NOT appear on screen.
Usually the reason is that they did appear in a "companion episode" and,
to save money, the production company used the same cast list for the
credits of both. Commencing #6 [LHA]

Premise:
Adventures of O'Henry's famous Robin Hood of the old west.
The first tv series to be filmed in color.
*
DIRECTORS INCLUDED:
DERWIN ABRAHAMS (MOSTLY FIRST SEASON),
EDDIE DAVIS, LEW LANDERS, LAMBERT HILLYER, LESLIE GOODWINS,
SOBEY MARTIN, PAUL LANDRES. [SC]
*
WRITERS:
J.BENTON CHENEY, FRANK BURT, WARREN WILSON, BARNEY A. SARECKY,
BARRY COHON, SHERMAN L. LOWE,ROYAL COLE, ANDY LAMB, BUCKLEY ANGELL.  [SC]
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DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
CURT FETTERS, KENNETH PEACH, DANIEL B. CLARK, ROBERT HOFFMAN.
SUPERVISING FILM EDITOR, ASA'ACE'CLARK.
PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR,EDDIE DAVIS.   [SC]
*

MUSIC: OPENING AND ENDING THEMES/FIRST YEAR SCORE:ALBERT GLASSER.
MUSIC:SECOND YEAR TO COMPLETION OF SERIES SCORE: JOSEPH HOOVAN.  [SC]

"
FILMING LOCATIONS:
PIONEER TOWN, CORRIGANVILLE RANCH, JACK INGRAM RANCH, IVERSON RANCH,
MELODY RANCH, WALKER RANCH.  [SC]

TECHNICAL NOTE:
"All episodes were filmed in color. Original prints to most stations and
copies that still exist with Duncan Renaldo doing comericals were in b/w
but since it's re syndication in late 1960s all episodes are shown in
orginal color"  [Tom Dischley]

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IN 1951 THE CISCO KID SERIES DEBUTED ON THOUSANDS OF TV SCREENS ACROSS
AMERICA. IT WAS THE FIRST TELEVISION SHOW TO BROADCAST IN COLOR. THE TWO
STARS OF THE SHOW WERE DUNCAN RENALDO AND LEO CARRILLO WHO HAD JUST COMPLETED
A SERIES OF FEATURE FILMS PLAYING THE SAME CHARACTORS.

THE MAN BEHIND THE TELEVISION SERIES WAS PRODUCER FREDERICK ZIV, WHO HAD
JUST FORMED HIS OWN PRODUCTION COMPANY, ZIV TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS.

THE FIRST 26 EPISODES OF THE SERIES WERE FILMED IN AND AROUND PIONEERTOWN,
CALIFORNIA WHICH IS NEAR PALM SPRINGS. MOST OF THE FIRST 26 EPISODES
WERE DIRECTED BY DERWIN ABRAHAMS AND WRITTEN BY J. BENTON CHENEY.

DURING THE SECOND SEASON THERE WERE SOME CHANGES MADE. EDDIE DAVIS WHO WAS
AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ON THE FEATURE FILMS WAS HIRED AS A DIRECTOR,
INCLUDING PAUL LANDRES.
LATER IN THE SERIES OTHER DIRECTORS WERE HIRED; LAMBERT HILLYER, SOBEY
MARTIN, LESLIE GOODWINS JUST TO NAME A FEW. ALSO, MORE WRITERS WERE ADDED
TO GIVE MORE VARIETY TO THE SCRIPTS.

THE TWO BIGGEST CHANGES WERE THE HIRING OF TWO
TOP-NOTCH STUNTMEN WHO WERE JUST STARTING OUT IN THE BUSINESS. THEY WERE TROY
MELTON AND BILL CATCHING. TROY WAS DUNCAN RENALDO'S STUNT DOUBLE AND BILL
CATCHING WAS LEO CARRILLO'S. NOT ONLY DID THEY PERFORM ALL THE DANGEROUS ACTION
SCENE'S, BUT PLAYED SMALL BIT PARTS IN SOME OF THE EPISODES.

THE OTHER CHANGE WAS THE REPLACEMENT OF ALBERT GLASSER'S REPETITIVE
BACKGROUND SCORE FOR A NEW SUPERB ROUSING AGITATO SCORE.

OVER THE REST OF THE SERIES MORE OUTDOOR SHOOTING LOCATIONS WERE ADDED,
CORRIGANVILLE RANCH, MELODY RANCH, WALKER RANCH JUST TO NAME
A FEW. CHARACTERS ACTORS FROM FORMER B-WESTERN SERIES WERE ABUNDENT ON THE SHOW.
VETERANS LIKE MYRON HEALEY, MARSHALL REED, REED ZON MURRAY,PEGGY STEWART, TERRY
FROST, PIERCE LYDEN, BUD OSBORNE, EARLE HODGINS, REED HOWES, ELLEN HALL, CHRISTINE
LARSON, FORREST TAYLOR, TRIS COFFIN, AND THE LIST GOES ON.

THE ONE FACTOR THAT REALLY MADE THE SERIES WORK WAS THE HONEST AND SINCERE
RAPPORT BETWEEN DUNCAN RENALDO AND LEO CARRILLO AND THE EXCELLENT
TECHNICIANS WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES. THOUGH THE SERIES WAS SLANTED MAINLY
FOR THE YOUNGER SET. IN THE LATER YEARS IT WAS WIDELY ACCEPTED BY
ADULTS TOO. [SC]

"The Cisco Kid" series was shot with companion episodes, in most cases
using the same actors, sometimes adding another. Two shows a week were
shot using scripts that were written in advance. The finished shows were
released at different times. [SC]

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The Cisco Kid: (unknown episode)
Synopsis:
When Cisco and Pancho see a pretty girl putting in some private target
practice, they decide to find the reason for it. They discover that
she is in the power of some unscrupulous men, and plenty of trouble follows.
(UK: 23Nov60 ITV A-R London, Wed 5:25 pm)

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