Saturday Matinee: Beauty and the Bandit (1946)

Beauty and the Bandit Movie Poster

In the 1930s and 1940s, a Saturday matinee typically offered audiences a serial film, animated cartoons, newsreels and a couple of feature films. The serial Western enjoyed its heyday as moviegoers followed the adventures of a central hero from film to film, sometimes week after week.

Between 1928-1950 twenty-five films featured The Cisco Kid as one of those heroes. Warner Baxter, Cesar Romero and Duncan Renaldo all played the starring role in at least five films each.

Traveling from town to town across the Old West, The Cisco Kid and his banditos dodge the law while fighting injustice. Gilbert Roland appeared as The Cisco Kid in six movies between 1946-1947. Beauty and the Bandit (1946) marks his third appearance in the role.

Beauty and the Bandit checks all the required elements of a serial Western:

The Beauty, Ramsay Ames as Jeanne Du Bois, and the Bandit, Gilbert Roland as The Cisco Kid

  • Macho hero riding a Palomino horse
  • Faithful hero’s sidekick
  • Group of bandits
  • Saloon sing-along
  • Stagecoach robbery
  • Warrant out for the arrest of our hero
  • Lawmen in pursuit
  • High-speed horseback chases
  • Dusty roads and dusty town
  • Evil land baron
  • Oppressed local townspeople
  • Beautiful damsel
  • Desperate kid
  • Bandits’ hideout
  • Sombreros and cigarettes
  • Campfire song
  • Pistol and knife tricks
  • Passionate embrace and kiss
  • Bad guy – good guy shootout
  • Wrongs righted; justice served
  • Celebration of grateful townspeople
  • Foiled lawmen
  • Hero’s escape

The Kid and The Cisco Kid

Set yourself up a Saturday matinee and watch Beauty and the Bandit, available in the February lineup on The Film Detective.

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Kami Spangenberg

About Kami Spangenberg

Kami Spangenberg is one-half of Classic Couple. She loves classic movies and shares that passion with others as a film blogger and as lead curriculum developer at Classic Couple Academy. While it's hard to play favorites, films topping her all-time, must-see list are: It Happened One Night, Ball of Fire, His Girl Friday, Libeled Lady, My Sister Eileen, The Philadelphia Story, The Thin Man, The Shop Around the Corner and The Way We Were. Oh, and The Outlaw Josey Wales. She has attended the TCM Classic Film Festival six times in LA as well as the 2020 TCM Festival Special Home Edition from her couch. She is honored to have her writing featured from time to time on She also contributes content to to raise awareness of classic movies.

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