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The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Not Rated  |   |  Adventure, Western  |  5 December 1920 (USA)
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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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Robert McKim ...
Capitán Juan Ramon
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Charles Hill Mailes ...
Don Carlos Pulido
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Doña Catalina Pulido
Snitz Edwards ...
Short Innkeeper
Sidney De Gray ...
Don Alejandro (as Sydney De Gray)
George Periolat ...
Governor Alvarado
Walt Whitman ...
Tote Du Crow ...
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Storyline

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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(color toned)

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1.33 : 1
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Film debut of Noah Beery Jr.. See more »

Goofs

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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[Zorro is passionately wooing Lolita]
Zorro: If this could be The high Sierras I would level to your feet. The wild waves on Capistrano's shore would pay you homage - I'd make the desert a million roses yield - to die in shame before your beauty. If this could be!
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Light-hearted swashbuckler.
3 September 1999 | by (Frankfort, IN) – See all my reviews

Fairbanks, a jack of all trades (having co-written the script as well as starring and doing his own stunts) is at his best here as Zorro, the Spanish defender of the weak, which spawned at least a dozen more movies based on this (and a TV series, too.) The plot deals with Don Diego Vega, a playful young man who, when not making finger puppets on the wall or doing tricks with handkerchiefs, is prone to fatigue. But his father disapproves of such madness, suggesting that he marry the daughter Lolita, (Marguerite Del La Motte) of a family out of favor with the Governor of California. Unimpressed with Don Diego, the girl is instead in love with Zorro (also Fairbanks, which obviously means Don Diego IS Zorro.) But she has another suitor - in the form of Zorro's mortal enemy, Captain Ramon. And he and his men (including Noah Beery, who's part was an inspiration for the rotund captain in the TV series) will stop at nothing to capture him. Will Zorro save California? Will Don Diego and Lolita fall in love? Can Zorro finish his breakfast without being interrupted? Just sit back and enjoy Fairbanks's amazing stunts (which remind one of Buster Keaton) and remember: "Never do anything on an empty stomach - except eat!"


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