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The Cisco Kid (western, with Duncan Reynaldo and Leo Carillo)

     (Syndicated, from 1950)

     [156 episodes produced in color by ZIV-TV between 1949-1956;

      The characters of handsome Mexican folk-hero Cisco and 
      his portly sidekick Pancho (shades of "Sancho Panza" from
      Cervantes' classic "Don Quixote") were drawn from a series
      of popular western dime-novels written in the 1800's by 
      William Sydney Porter, who used the pen name of "O'Henry"; 

      In the introduction to each episode, the TV series announcer 
      referred to the Cisco Kid as "O'Henry's famous Robin Hood 
      of the West..." He did seem to use the resources of more
      wealthy citizens to help the less fortunate. So you might
      say this idea was a blend of Don Quixote with Robin Hood.

      A 1929 silent film had included the Cisco Kid character.

      Loose adaptations of "Cisco Kid" stories had been dramatized
      on radio as early as 1943 using a different THEME composed
      by Albert Glasser and played on the organ;

      Then two B-picture feature films were created by low-budget
      Monogram Studios in 1945; 

      This was followed four years later in 1949 by five more 
      films produced by United Artists; Albert Glasser got the 
      contract to score these pictures, recording them in France.

      To get around the musicians union, the TV cues were slightly
      altered from their original form in the United Artists films,
      and re-recorded in Japan.

      Although the actors were made up to look younger, lead Duncan 
      Reynaldo who played Cisco was actually in his 50s, and Leo 
      Carillo who played Pancho was in his 70s when the TV series 
      was filmed.]


Open Theme: "Cisco Kid Main Title"

    [aka: "Cisco Kid Theme"]

     Composer: Albert Glasser (ASCAP)

    [Additional information based upon correspondence with composer:
     Notes on composer's sketch refer to Main Title as having
     been adapted from film cues "Daring Caballero" and "The Gay
     Amigo", from the 1949 U-A film productions of "The Cisco Kid".
 
     In his book "TV's Biggest Hits", Jon Burlingame mentions that
     Glasser's music for the 1949 Cisco Kid films were "adapted 
     from traditional Mexican folk melodies." However, this THEME
     is very similar to the tune, "La Spagnola (the Spanish Maiden)"
     written in 1937 by the Italian composer Vincenzo di Chiara,
     which was not a Mexican folk tune.]

     Original Publisher: American Academy of Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

     1999 Publisher: EMI/Mills Music, Inc. [Old Acct.] (ASCAP),
                        c/o EMI Music Publishing
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: circa 1948, according to LP liner notes
     Recordings:
          LP: "The Fantastic Film Music of Albert Glasser"
               Starlog Records SR - 1001 (1978)
               Soundtrack recording [made in Tokyo]


Scene Closer/End Title: "End Title Cisco Kid"

     Composer: Jack Shaindlin (BMI)

     Original Publisher: [unknown at this time]

     2001 Publisher: EMI-Unart Catalog, Inc. (BMI),
                        c/o EMI Music Publishing
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date:
     Recordings:


End Credits Theme: "Cisco Kid End Title"

    [This end title shared motives with the Main Title/Open Theme
     above, also by Glasser]

     Composer: Albert Glasser (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: American Academy of Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

     1999 Publisher: EMI/Mills Music, Inc. [Old Acct.] (ASCAP),
                        c/o EMI Music Publishing
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: circa 1948, according to LP liner notes














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