The Cisco Kid, a genial bandit, happens across seriously injured Carlos Hernandez. Carlos, who has traveled from Spain to visit his wealthy grandfather for the first time, is a dead ringer for the Kid.
While Carlos is laid up recovering from a bullet wound, the Kid poses as Carlos and goes to see Carlos's grandfather (Pedro de Cordoba) at his estate. The Kid thinks he'll grab some quick money, but finds himself admiring the grandfather and also romancing two lovely ladies (Patricia Morison and Lynne Roberts). In due course the Kid helps Carlos fend off a murder plot by his jealous cousin Ricardo (Ricardo Cortez).
Charles G. Clarke, with Lone Pine locations mixing with nice soundstage work. Some of the shots of Maria (Roberts) singing are exquisitely beautiful.
The film is also nicely scored, with Roberts singing two pretty songs. Morison, alas, doesn't have a chance to sing, but she has plenty of screen time as the calculating vixen who wants to marry money.
Herbert I. Leeds, who worked on several movie series for 20th Century-Fox.
ROMANCE OF THE RIO GRANDE is available on DVD from Fox Cinema Archives. While the FCA DVDs of '50s films are of variable quality, including pan and scan prints, I've had very good luck with films of the '30s and '40s. The DVD looks great. There are no extras.