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The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Western | 5 December 1920 (USA)
A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed.

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(based on the story by: "The Curse of Capistrano" published in "All-Story Weekly")
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Capitán Juan Ramon
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Don Carlos Pulido
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Doña Catalina Pulido
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Don Alejandro (as Sydney De Gray)
George Periolat ...
Governor Alvarado
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In old Spanish California, the oppressive colonial government is opposed by Zorro, masked champion of the people, who appears out of nowhere with flashing sword and an athletic sense of humor, scarring the faces of evildoers with his Mark. Meanwhile, beautiful Lolita is courted by villainous Captain Ramon, rich but effete Don Diego... and dashing Zorro, who is never seen at the same time as Don Diego. As Zorro continues to evade pursuit, Ramon puts the damsel in distress... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Adventure | Western

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5 December 1920 (USA)  »

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La marca del Zorro  »

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(1970 alternate) | (DVD) | (Academy archive print)

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1.33 : 1
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Douglas Fairbanks was looking to try something new from his normal boy-meets-girl romance movies he had been making for the past few years. This is when the actor came across the story of Zorro - originally published in the magazine, "All-Story Weekly". Previous to Fairbank's portrayal, practically nobody had ever heard of the adventure story Robin Hood like hero Zorro. See more »

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When Fray Felipe is receiving his lashes, there are horizontal lacerations along the left side of his back. The camera angle then widens to reveal two vertical lacerations - one in the center of his back and one to the right - while the laceration on the left side of the back is gone. See more »

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Undetermined role: We never let business interfere with drinking!
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Out of the night, when the full moon is bright
17 January 2006 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

Hooray for Doug!!! He is the epitome of the dashing swashbuckler and set the standard for all that followed.......and some of them were damn good but Fairbanks had it all. He flashed those teeth and swung from tree to building, across tables and onto the backs of horses......and without a stunt double. What a guy.

The film tells the story that we all know due to remakes and a successful TV series (with a great theme song). The foppish Don Diego, is a terrible disappointment to his father and to his intended wife. He appears to be always "fatigued" and uses a silk handkerchief to indicate his ennui. It's a perfect cover for his alter ego, Zorro, the Robin Hood of old California.

The acting in this silent is overall quite good even though Noah Beery Sr. is a little over the top in a couple of scenes......well, most of his scenes are rather hammy. (It must have run in the family for I found his brother Wallace pretty hammy himself). But Fairbanks is the reason for seeing this film. He is a ball of fire and looks like he had a great time playing this part......and you'll have a great time watching him. He's "that bold renegade, carves a Z with his blade, a Z that stands for Zorro". What fun!!!!!!!!!


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