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Johnston McCulley (based on the story by: "The Curse of Capistrano" published in "All-Story Weekly")
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Release Date:
5 December 1920 (USA) See more »
A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marguerite De La Motte ... Lolita Pulido

Robert McKim ... Capitán Juan Ramon

Noah Beery ... Sgt. Pedro Gonzales

Charles Hill Mailes ... Don Carlos Pulido

Claire McDowell ... Doña Catalina Pulido
Snitz Edwards ... Short Innkeeper
Sidney De Gray ... Don Alejandro (as Sydney De Gray)

George Periolat ... Governor Alvarado
Walt Whitman ... Fray Felipe
Tote Du Crow ... Bernardo

Douglas Fairbanks ... Don Diego Vega / Señor Zorro
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Noah Beery Jr. ... Boy (uncredited)
Charles Belcher ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)

Milton Berle ... Boy (uncredited)
Gilbert Clayton ... Soldier with 'Z' Carved on His Face (uncredited)
Albert MacQuarrie ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)

Charles Stevens ... Peon Beaten by Sgt. Gonzalez (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
John Winn ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Niblo 
Writing credits
Johnston McCulley (based on the story by: "The Curse of Capistrano" published in "All-Story Weekly")

Douglas Fairbanks  scenario (uncredited)
Eugene Miller  scenario (uncredited)

Produced by
Douglas Fairbanks .... executive producer
Original Music by
William P. Perry (1970)
William Axt (uncredited)
Cinematography by
William C. McGann (photographed by) (as William McGann)
Harris Thorpe (photographed by) (as Harry Thorpe)
Art Direction by
Edward M. Langley (art direction) (as Edward Langley)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Theodore Reed .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Edwards .... master of properties (uncredited)
Richard Talmadge .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Other crew
Fred Cavens .... fencing master (uncredited)
Robert Fairbanks .... production manager (uncredited)
M. Harry Uttenhover .... fencing instructor: Noah Beery and Robert McKim (uncredited)
H.J. Utterhore .... fencing advisor (uncredited)
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90 min (1970 alternate version) | 107 min (DVD) | 97 min (Academy archive print)
Black and White (color toned)
Aspect Ratio:
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In the Golden Age of Comic Books, this was the film to which Thomas and Martha Wayne took their young son Bruce on the night that they were murdered in front of him in Gotham City in 1920, the experience which led him to become Batman.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Zorro:Justice for all! Punishment for the oppressors of the helpless - from the governor down.See more »
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A joy to watch!, 11 September 1999
Author: AlAnn from Albuquerque, New Mexico

If you've seen the other incarnations of Zorro before seeing this black-and-white silent version, you may think this one is going to be boring. Wrong! Because it is silent, the visuals kept me captivated; much more seems to be conveyed through gestures and body language than in a film in which the characters speak. The accompanying organ music is masterfully matched to the action (when someone slams a hand down on to a table, there is an appropriate "thump" in the music.) Best of all, though, is watching the legendary Douglas Fairbanks in some of his trademark athletic leaps, which appear effortless. I have to say that this is one of the very best versions of Zorro.

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