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Thread #55039 Message #854221
Posted By: Coyote Breath
27-Dec-02 - 04:36 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: El Corrido de Gregorio Cortes
A very interesting film of this story was aired many years ago on PBS. It was titled "The Ballad of Gregorio Cortes". The actor James Edward Olmos played Cortes. The other characters' players are unknown to me. It was a very well done film and I have never been able to find a copy of it. I would like one very much. I had "bootlegged a copy from the broadcast but someone borrowed it and it never got returned.
One thing I recall is while the Texas Rangers are travelling by rail car (complete with their horses) to a rendezvous for the start of the "manhunt" the song "Texas Rangers" is being played in the background, sounded like on a concertina or button accordian. The only instance that I know of of that song showing up other than the early edition of NLCR song book.
I read somewhere that this was the last posse/manhunt conducted from horseback by the Texas Rangers.
Somewhere else I read that Gregorio Cortes was pardoned in 1909. At the time of his "crime", Texas law allowed for the use of deadly force to protect yourself from a lawman who was misusing his authority in such a way that you could reasonably consider that you were in a life threratening situation. The whole incident aparently grew out of some sort of shake-down scheme on the part of the sherrif and bad translations provided by one of his "deputies"