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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)
Manuel Caballero ... Villager (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:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Ontario) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1928) | Portugal:M/6 | USA:Not Rated

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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 »
Don Diego Vega:I detest swords and bloodshed - but - to rid our beautiful country of a menace is a noble deed.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Douglas Fairbanks as the masked bandit in Old California..., 5 May 2009
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

Enjoyable silent film provided with a musical soundtrack by TCM.

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS is the famous masked bandit, balancing a nice sense of humor and heroics, demonstrating the athletic side of Don Diego which has to be hidden by the more effete man who tires so easily. He's a Spanish version of the Scarlet Pimpernel. MARGUERITE DE LA MOTTE is a lovely heroine and ROBERT McKIM does everything but twirl his mustache as the villain from whose clutches Fairbanks must rescue the damsel in distress.

Obviously a high-budget production with rich settings, nicely photographed in Sepia or blue tints for the night scenes. What's really astonishing is Fairbanks doing all those climbing stunts in the last reel, with so much ease. Full of youthful vigor and high spirits, he found a role that suited him to perfection, able to show two sides of his personality with charm and/or vigor while not ignoring the stunts that made him famous.

It's an enjoyable and swaggering adventure, remade many times in the future, most notably with the 1940 sound version starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell and Basil Rathbone.

Summing up: Familiar yarn, well done and standing the test of time better than many other silent films thanks to good production values.

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