Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001672732: CHRIS-PIN MARTIN

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Virtually impossible to find vintage 8x10-inch glossy sepia tone half-length portrait as Pancho, sidekick to The Cisco Kid, signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint pen in the late 1940s or early 1950s: "To Esther, / My only one / I theenk / Pancho /Chris-Pin." Fine condition, with a noticeable diagonal bend running from the bottom border into his jacket, visible just below his left hand when the photograph is viewed head-on, and a single pin hole in the bottom border. Born in the Arizona Territory to Mexican parents, roly-poly character actor Chris-Pin Martin played comic ethnic types from the onset of his career. He made his earliest film appearance in 1911, playing a Native American. During his heyday of the 1930s and 1940s, he earned his salary perpetuating a stereotype that nowadays would be the ultimate in political incorrectness: The lazy, dull-witted Hispanic comic foil. A veritable scene-swiper in films like Where East Is East (1929) with Lon Chaney, Billy the Kid (1930), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) with Boris Karloff, A Star Is Born (1937), The Mark of Zorro (1940), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Robin Good of Monterey (1947), The Fugitive (1947), and the horror flick Mesa of Lost Women (1953), he is probably best remembered for the role of Pancho in the Cisco Kid film series, serving as the trusty sidekick of Warner Baxter, Cesar Romero, Gilbert Roland, and Duncan Renaldo. He died of a heart attack at the age of 59, after having signed very little for fans, and this is just the third example of his autograph we have ever encountered.