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Satan's Cradle (1949)

The Cisco Kid and Pancho try to stop a crime boss who has killed the good town's founder, taken over the businesses and a mine, using a woman posing as his widow.


Ford Beebe


O. Henry (character), J. Benton Cheney (original screenplay) (as Jack Benton)


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Complete credited cast:
Duncan Renaldo ... Cisco Kid
Leo Carrillo ... Pancho
Ann Savage ... Lil
Douglas Fowley ... Steve Gentry
Byron Foulger ... Henry Lane,The Preacher
Claire Carleton ... Belle
Buck Bailey Buck Bailey ... Henchman Rocky
George DeNormand ... Henchman Idaho
Wes Hudman Wes Hudman ... Man shot by Rocky


Crooked lawyer Steve Gentry (Douglas Fowley) has plans to take over the town and mines of Silver City from Jim Mason Frank Matts). He kills Mason in what looks like a mine accident, and then brings in Lil ('Ann Savage'), who produces a fake marriage certificate and takes over Mason's property as his widow. Preacher Henry Lane (Byron Foulger) attempts to arouse the townspeople to drive out Gentry, Lil and their cohorts and is beaten up by a couple of the Gentry henchmen. The Cisco Kid (Duncan Renaldo) and Pancho (Leo Carrillo) encounter the preacher, and head for Silver City. They subsequently reveal Gentry's machinations, and restore Silver City to the decent town it previously was. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

7 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Den See more »

Filming Locations:

Pioneertown, California, USA

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Inter American Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Renaldo's Smile, Savage's Dress
10 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Cisco and Pancho -- Duncan Renaldo and Leo Carillo -- are headed to Silver City when they run into preacher Byron Foulger. He's just been run out of town. After the founder and mine owner had died, Ann Savage had shown up with a marriage license. She opened a gambling hall and left the running of the other assets to crooked lawyer Douglas Fowley. The license was forged. Miss Savage is more than content with her profits, but Fowley arranges accidents for anyone who gets in his way.

Renaldo had been played the Cisco Kid occasionally since 1945, with Carillo on board since 1948. Within a year, they would be on board for the early, long-running TV series, released in syndication through Ziv -- the TV equivalent of state's right.

Ford Beebe directs this standard, randomly-named B Western, and there's a lot of charm in evidence, from Renaldo's easy smile to Miss Savage's tight-fitting dresses. Jack Greenhaigh's camerawork also adds a lot to the movie, from his short-panning shots of riders in motion to his beautifully composed shots. For once, his skilled camerawork was easily visible, thanks to a clean print. Greenhaigh was another of the many skilled cameramen who worked in the Bs. He is largely forgotten because of that; the best-remembered films he worked on were stinkers like ROBOT MONSTER, but his credits are undeniable: more than 200 features and short, and for years the youngest member of the American Society of Cinematographers. His skills helped make this a pleasurable example of the now-vanished genre.

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