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Francisco 'Pancho' Villa of Mexico

revolutionary Francisco 'Pancho' Villa [1878-1923] of Mexico - on horseback (still photo from his movie)          short profile

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Villa, Columbus, Pershing

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Pancho Villa's so-called dying words – "Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something." – never happened. Villa was killed instantly,
struck by a fusillade of nine 'dum dum' (hollow-point) bullets in the front seat of his automobile.

"A woman who is unfaithful deserves to be shot." — Pancho Villa

"I am not an educated man. I never had an opportunity to learn anything except how to fight." — Pancho Villa

"Never did I fight for the poor. I fought against the rich – which of course isn't at all the same thing. In any case, the fighting was the point.
You don't fight to become free – to fight is to be free. A man with a gun and the will to use it can't be mastered, he can only be killed."
— possible Villa quotation from the 1996 novel "The Friends of Pancho Villa" by James Carlos Blake

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Pancho Villa entry at Wikipedia

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Pancho Villa credits at Internet Movie Database

Works About Pancho Villa

Tom Mix & Pancho Villa book by Clifford Irving  "Tom Mix and Pancho Villa: A Romance" [1982 novel] by Clifford Irving
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2014] for $2.99 {sic}
St. Martin's Press mass pb [8/84] out of print/used
St. Martin's Press hardcover [5/82] out of print/used

see also 'Readers of The Purple Sage' Western Bookstore's Tom Mix [1880-1940] Page

Friends of Pancho Villa novel by James Carlos Blake  "The Friends of Pancho Villa: A Novel" [1996]
by James Carlos Blake

Kindle Edition from Grove Press [7/2017] for $9.99
Grove Press 8x5 pb [7/2017] for $15.15
Berkley mass pb [3/98] out of print/used
Berkley Trade 8¼x5¼ pb [8/96] out of print/many used
Life & Times of Pancho Villa book by Friedrich Katz  "The Life and Times of Pancho Villa" [1998] by Friedrich Katz
described as 'a definitive study of Villa [that] aims to separate myth from history'
Kindle Edition from Stanford Univ Press [1998 edition] for $28.11 {sic}
Stanford Univ Press 9x6 pb [10/98] for $29.59
Stanford Univ Press 10¼x7½ hardcover [10/98] out of print/used
Itinerario de Una Pasion book by Rosa Helia Villa  "Itinerario de Una Pasion: Los Amores de Mi General Villa" [2002]
by Rosa Helia Villa

At the time of his assassination in 1923, Pancho Villa was involved with four women . . .
movie tie-in Kindle Edition from Debolsillo/Penguin/Random House [2007 edition] for $2.99 {sic}
Punto De Lectura Spanish-language 7½x4¾ pb [6/2008] out of print/used
Plaza y Janes Spanish-language pb [9/2002] out of print/used
see also the movie adapted from this book { click here }
Pancho Villa Autobiographical Portrait book by Guadalupe Villa & Rosa Helia Villa  "Pancho Villa: Retrato Autobiografico (Autobiographical Portrait), 1894-1914" [2003]
by Guadalupe Villa & Rosa Helia Villa

Alfaguara Spanish-language 9¼x5¾ pb [2/2005] out of print/used
Taurus Spanish-language 9½x6 hardcover [11/2011] out of print/used
Aguilar Spanish-language 10x7¼ hardcover [11/2003] out of print/used
Pancho Villa Treasure novel by William H. White  "The Pancho Villa Treasure of The Guadalupe Mountains" [2013 novel]
by William H. White

At the turn of the XXth Century, Pancho Villa and his faithful lieutenant Leonardo Regaldo took possession of a massive treasure that was stolen from the Mexican people by the despot dictator Porfirio. In the mid-1980's, unwitting treasure hunters Carl Webb and Jack Morgan get entangled in a situation that soon becomes a deadly contest.
ABQ Press 9x6 pb [8/2013] for $14.33
ABQ Press 9x6 hardcover [10/2013] for $22.68

El Paso Western historical novel by Winston Groom  "El Paso: A Novel" [2016] by Winston Groom
A sweeping 6-part saga taking place circa 1913-14 in Texas and in Chihuahua, Mexico; the fading fortunes of a Bostonian railroad tycoon become critical when revolutionary Pancho Villa steals two million dollars worth of cattle from the tycoon's ranch in Old Mexico.
Kindle Edition from Liveright [10/2016] for $14.87
Liveright 9½x6¾ hardcover [10/2016] for $21.09

Villa, Columbus, Pershing
On 9 March 1916, Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa invaded the United States at Columbus, New Mexico; 500 to 600 Mexican soldiers killed eight U.S. Army soldiers and ten townspeople, burned part of the town, then retreated back across the border; about 80 Mexicans were killed in the attack. A quick response from cavalry soldiers camped nearby was led by then-Major Frank Tompkins {see 1934 book below}; the American forces boldly rode 15 miles into Mexico and engaged with Villa's rear guard four times. By March 15, U.S. Army Major General John J. Pershing assembled at Columbus and led an expeditionary force of 4,800 men into Mexico to capture Villa; the invasion of Mexico went 400 miles south of the border and various expeditions continued until February 1917, but all were unsuccesssful in locating Villa. These expeditions were the last major campaign by horse-riding U.S. Cavalry and also the first campaign by U.S. forces using tanks, trucks, and motorcycles.

'Battle of Columbus' entry at Wikipedia
Pancho Villa State Park [opened 3/2006] in Columbus, New Mexico
Discover Columbus, New Mexico tourism website
official photographer's report on the 100th anniversary ceremonies in Columbus, New Mexico

Chasing Villa 1934 book by Col. Frank Tompkins  "Chasing Villa: The Last Campaign of The U.S. Cavalry" [1934]
by Col. Frank Tompkins, Foreword by J.G. Harbord

Tompkins received the Distinguished Service Medal for valor, for his leadership in the same-day counterattack against Villa and during the expedition to Mexico
Kindle Edition from Stackpole Classics [9/2017] for $23.99 {sic}
Stackpole Classics 9¼x6¼ pb [9/2017] for $16.44
High Lonesome Books 9¼x6¼ pb [11/96] out of print/used
Literary Licensing 9x6 hardcover [4/2011] for $50.94

The General and the Jaguar / Pershing & Pancho Villa book by Eileen Welsome  "The General and The Jaguar: Pershing's Hunt For Pancho Villa - A True Story of Revolution & Revenge" [2006] by {Pulitzer-winning journalist} Eileen Welsome
Kindle Edition from Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group [2/2009] for $12.99
Bison Books 9x6 pb [11/2007] for $25.60
Little, Brown & Co. 9½x6½ hardcover [6/2006] out of print/many used
Little, Brown & Co. 9x6 hardcover [6/2006] out of print/used
Pancho Villa & Black Jack Pershing in Mexico book by James W. Hurst  "Pancho Villa and Black Jack Pershing: The Punitive Expedition In Mexico" [2007]
by James W. Hurst

Kindle Edition from Praeger [2007 edition] for $44.00 {sic}
Praeger 9½x6¼ hardcover [12/2007] out of print/used
The Hunt For Pancho Villa book by Alejandro de Quesada  "The Hunt For Pancho Villa: The Columbus Raid and Pershing’s Punitive Expedition,
1916–17" [2012] by {military historian} Alejandro de Quesada

Kindle Edition from Osprey Publng [3/2012] for $10.59
Osprey Publng 9¾x7¼ pb [3/2012] for $12.50

Movies & Television by/about Pancho Villa

"Life of Villa" documentary [1912] (producer) /tt0002305/

"With General Pancho Villa In Mexico" [1913] /tt0003561/

"The Life of General Villa" silent biopic [Mutual May 1914]
headshot of Pancho Villa, circa 1914  Filmed on location in Old Mexico, including some scenes of actual battles • Produced by D.W. Griffith, H.E. Aitken & Frank N. Thayer; directed by Christy Cabanne; written by Frank E. Woods; starring Pancho Villa {as himself}; Raoul Walsh co-directed and co-wrote the film and co-starred as young Villa; also starring Eagle Eye, Robert Harron, Irene Hunt, W.H. Lawrence, Walter Long, Mae Marsh, Teddy Sampson, F.A. Turner, Juano Hernandez
video/DVD not available {considered to be a lost film}
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Filming Pancho Villa book by Margarita de Orellana  "Filming Pancho Villa: How Hollywood Shaped The Mexican Revolution" [2004]
by Margarita de Orellana, Translated by John King, Foreword by Kevin Brownlow, Preface by Friedrich Katz

Verso 8x8 pb [12/2009] for $24.95
Verso hardcover [2/2004] for $52.85

"The Great Mexican War" documentary [1914] /tt6182496/

"Animated Weekly, No. 4" documentary short [1916] /tt4162830/

"Following The Flag In Mexico" documentary [1916] /tt0157656/

"Patria" 15-chapter silent serial [Pathé Exchange Jan 1917]
Patria 15-chapter silent serial  Japanese spies try to invade the US but are thwarted by a rich heiress and a handsome Secret Service agent. Chapter Titles: 1. The Last of The Fighting Channings; 2. The Treasure; 3. Winged Millions; 4. Double Crossed; 5. The Island God Forgot; 6. Alias Nemesis; 7. Red Dawn; 8. Red Night; 9. Cat's Paw and Scapegoat; 10. War In The Dooryard; 11. Sunset Falls; 12. Peace On The Border: or, Peace Which Passeth All Understanding; 13. Wings of Death; 14. Border Peril; 15. For the Flag; Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 & 10 survive at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City • Funded by Wm. Randolph Hearst; produced by Leopold & Theo-dore Wharton; directed by Leopold & Theodore Wharton (episodes 1-10) & Jacques Jaccard (episodes 11-15); written by John B. Clymer & Charles W. Goddard, based on the novel "The Last of The Fighting Channings" [Dec 1916] by Louis Joseph Vance [1879-1933]; starring Irene Castle, Milton Sills, Warner Oland, Dorothy Green, George Majeroni, Wallace Beery {as Pancho Villa}, Marie Walcamp, Allan Murnane, Floyd Buckley, Nigel Barrie, Charles Brinley, Jack Holt, George Lessey, M.W. Rale, Leroy Baker, Sôjin Kamiyama, F.W. 'Dick' Stewart
DVD/Blu-ray not available • surviving 5 chapters on Amazon Instant Video [2012] rental $1.99, purchase $9.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch segments & slideshow cobbled together by Serial Squadron [4/2015 upload; 1:15:51] online at YouTube

"The Revenge of Pancho Villa" [1932] /tt1594569/

"Shadow of Pancho Villa" [1933] /tt0023391/

"Viva Villa !" [M.G.M. April 1934]
Viva Villa! movie directed by Jack Conway & Howard Hawks  Directed by Jack Conway & Howard Hawks; starring Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo & Fay Wray; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Script, Best Sound, won for Best Asst Director
DVD not available (2011} • Warner Home Video b&w VHS [4/93] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Treasure of Pancho Villa" [1935] /tt0209407/

"Vamanos con Pancho Villa (Let's Go With Pancho Villa)"  [1936] /tt0027240/
directed by Fernando de Fuentes; based on the novel by Rafael F. Muñoz

"Little Pancho Vanilla" short [1938] /tt0030376/

"La Justicia de Pancho Villa" [1939] /tt0231845/

"Fifty Years Before Your Eyes" documentary [1950] /tt0210040/ by ML\RYoungson.htm

"Memorias de Un Mexicano" documentary [1950] /tt0042726/

"Vuelve Pancho Villa" [1950] /tt0212594/

"Pancho Villa Returns" [1950] /tt0043113/

"This Was Yesterday (documentary short [July 1954] /tt0227640/ by ML\RYoungson.htm

"The Treasure of Pancho Villa" [1955] /tt0048744/

"This Was Pancho Villa" [1957] /tt0050144/

"The Treasure of Pancho Villa" [1957] /tt0270691/

"El Secreto de Pancho Villa" [1957] /tt0270636/

"La Cabeza de Pancho Villa" [1957] /tt0126226/

"The Soldiers of Pancho Villa" [1959]

"Aquí Está Pancho Villa" [] TV series [1960] /tt0373479/

"Cuando ¡Viva Villa..! es la Muerte" [1960] aka "Il trionfo di Pancho Villa" /tt0244475/

"Pancho Villa and Valentina" [Mexico June 1960] /tt0249863/
Written & directed by Ismael Rodríguez; starring Pedro Armendáriz & Elsa Aguirre
watch full movie in Spanish, no subtitles [11/2017 upload; 1:24:25] online at YouTube

"El Centauro Pancho Villa" [1967) /tt0312534/

"The Vengeance of Pancho Villa" [1967) /tt0062269/

"A Faithful Soldier of Pancho Villa" [1967)

"Pancho Villa: Myth or Man?" [1968) (TV Movie)

"Villa Rides" [1968] /tt0063775/ aka "Pancho Villa reitet"

"Pancho Villa" [1972)

"La muerte de Pancho Villa" [1974)

"The Horse of Pancho Villa" [1980) (TV Episode) - Season 1 | Episode 1 - Sonrisas (1979) (TV Series)

Chinese cover for DVD of Red Bells / Krasnye Kolokola  "Red Bells (Krasnye Kolokola) I: Mexico On Fire" [Russia/Mosfilm 1982]
American journalist John Reed's description of the beginnings of the revolution in Mexico, circa 1913.
135-minute film co-written & directed by Sergei Bondarchuk; based on the 1919 book "Ten Days That Shook The World" by John Reed; starring Franco Nero {as John Reed}, Ursula Andress {as Mabel Dodge, Jorge Luke {as Emiliano Zapata}, Blanca Guerra, Heraclio Zepeda & Jorge Reynoso {as Pancho Villa}; won Crystal Globe Award at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Francisco Villa" documentary [1984] /tt0430107/

"The Hunt For Pancho Villa" [1993) (TV Episode) - Season 6 | Episode 4 - American Experience (1988) (TV Series)

"Entre Pancho Villa y Una Mujer Desnuda" [Mexico April 1996]
("Between Pancho Villa and A Naked Woman")
Entre Pancho Villa y Una Mujer Desnuda / Between Pancho Villa and A Naked Woman  A rollicking feminist farce filmed in Hidalgo, Mexico; submitted as the Mexican entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 69th Academy Awards, but not chosen as a nominee. A modern business woman has a lover who she sees once in a while just to have sex or to work together on a book about Pancho Villa (while he admires Villa's power, she admires his virility). When she decides to get married and have a baby with him, he escapes to buy cigarettes and is gone for three months. She gets a new and younger boyfriend, and when the first lover tries to restart the relationship, she refuses and humiliates him. Then the one and only Pancho Villa appears as the lover's machista conscience ready to do anything to get 'his woman' back.
Written & co-directed by Sabina Berman; co-directed by Isabelle Tardán; starring Diana Bracho, Arturo Ríos, Jesús Ochoa {as Pancho Villa}, Delia Casanova, Antonio Crestani, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, Angelina Peláez; won Audience Award at Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival; tied for Best Supporting Actor (JO) at Mexico's Ariel Awards, 5 other noms
Spanish-language Regions 1 & 4 color DVD [2011] for $8.99
Facets color VHS [2/2000] out of prodn/scarce
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Between Pancho Villa and A Naked Woman stageplay by Sabina Berman & Shelley Tepperman  "Between Pancho Villa and A Naked Woman" stageplay [1993] by Sabina Berman
'A witty, devilish battle of the sexes comedy that plays fast and loose with gender expectations'
"Entre Villa y Una Mujer Desnuda" playscript [1994]
Ediciones El Milagro Spanish-language 8x5½ pb [6/94] for $17.93
1997 English-language translation by Shelley Tepperman 9x6 pb [10/2014] for $10.00 9x6 pb [10/2014] out of print/used
"Berman (Teatro Mexicano Contemporaneo)" [1998]
three plays: "Entre Villa y Una Mujer Desnuda", "Muerte Subita" y "El Suplicio del Placer"

Escenologia, AC Spanish-language 8x5¼ pb [1998] out of print/used

Recent prformances of the stageplay include Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua Auditorium in Chihuahua, Mexico in March 2009,
Cecatur Auditorium in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in June 2010, and Vélez Cultural & Educational Center in New York City in June 2017.

"Pancho Villa: Outlaw Hero" [1997) (TV Episode) - Biography (1987) (TV Series)

"Pancho Villa: Outlaw Hero" [aired May 1997] /tt0400121/ Episode of Biography (1987– )

"Tales of The Gun" documentary TV series [1998] /tt0393852/

"And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself" TV movie [2003] /tt0337824/
played by Antonio Banderas

"The Lost Reels of Pancho Villa" [2003)

"Pancho Villa Aquí y Allí" [2008)

"Pancho Villa's Last Son" documentary short [Nov 2009]

"The Death of Pancho Villa" short [2010) ()

"Lego Pancho Villa and His Soldaderas" [2010) (TV Series)

"Quién Mató Pancho Villa?" [2013) (TV Episode) - Season 1 | Episode 1 - Especiales de historia de méxico (2013) (TV Series)

"Pancho Villa Nectar" [2014) (TV Episode) - Season 3 | Episode 20 - Diggers (2012) (TV Series)

"Pancho Villa: Itinerario de Una Pasión" [studio Oct 2015]
Itinerario de Una Pasión 2015 movie  'Toda leyenda tiene un amor ... o varios (Every legend has a love ... or several)' • After Villa's assassination in 1923, the people of the city of Parral in Chihuaha mourned his death; all four of the women that Villa was involved with at the time of his death attended the wake . . . • Co-produced, co-written & co-directed by Juan Andrés Bueno & Lourdes Deschamps; based on the 2002 book by Rosa Helia Villa {above}; starring Juan Ignacio Aranda, Ximena Ayala, Gilberto Barraza, Diana Bracho, Gabriela Canudas, Denise Castillo, Joaquín Cosio, Leticia Fabián, Samuel Gallegos, Simón Guevara, Mauricio Isaac, Verónica Jaspeado, Pepe Jimenez, Perla De La Rosa, Jimena Luna, Daniel Martinez, Nubia Martí, Omar Mendoza, J.C. Montes-Roldan, Alejandro Navarrete {as Francisco Villa}, Dominika Paleta, Josefo Rodríguez, Tomás Rojas, Teresa Ruiz, Roberto 'Raki' Ríos, Valentin Trujillo Jr., Rocío Verdejo, Antonio Zubiaga
El Sotano Spanish-language DVD [2013] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbwatch full movie [9/2017 upload; 1:55:58] online at YouTube

Emir Kusturica / Johnny Depp Spanish-language biopic project
Serbian director Emir Kusturica is in advanced negotiations for Johnny Depp to take on the title role in Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa biopic. The movie, based on the biographical novel “The Friends of Pancho Villa” written by author James Carlos Blake, is titled “Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers.” The script, which is written by Kusturica and Gordan Mihic is completed, although lensing is not set to start until 2011 {sic} due to Depp’s prior commitments. will have Depp acting in Spanish. The Spanish-language biopic will be shot partly in Mexico. Salma Hayek is in negotiations to co-star.

Image  Gallery

postcard version of 1915 'Ride With Pancho Villa' recruiting poster         painting of Pershing's expedition in Mexico 1916         

Family & Friends

Rosa Helia Villa

Guadalupe Villa

Mayra Mendoza Villa

L i n k s

Pancho Villa Mexican Cuisine - 10 locations in VA & NC
Pancho Villa's Authentic Mexican Food - 2 locations in Huntington, New York
GOLD STAR: closed Mondays, friendly service; famous for the Pancho Villa Burger, topped with Hatch green chiles and Mennonite cheese, and the Pershing Burger  Borderland Cafe [est. 6/2016], 315 Highway 9 West (at Highway 11) in Columbus, New Mexico
Pancho Villa Taqueria [chain est. 1980s] - 3 locations in San Francisco, California
Pancho Villa Tex Mex cuisine [chain est. 2001] - 15 locations in Finland

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