The Commandant is making life rough for the colonials in Spanish California. While trying to help, Zorro is charged with the murder of the new Governor, but in the end he triumphs over the evil Commandant.
Don Diego is fighting for the peons against the Commandante. Shortly after the Governor and his daughter Isabella arrive, the Governor is killed and marked with a Z. When Don Diego's identity as Zorro is revealed to Isabella, she has the Commandante arrest him as the killer. But he convinces her the Commandante was the killer as the Z was backwards. Written by
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This is the only film to accurately depict Zorro as wearing a mask which covers his entire face, as he appeared on the cover of the August 9th, 1919 issue of All-Story Weekly; the magazine which first introduced him in the five part story The Curse of Capistrano. All subsequent film and television depictions which leave Zorro's chin, and usually his entire mouth, exposed are variations of the design first created for Douglas Fairbanks in the film The Mark of Zorro (1920) See more »
Crowd of Indians:
Zorro... Zorro... Zorro...
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An entertaining "Zorro" with gorgeous color photography.
Within the limits of a lesser budget and a less expansive script, Republic's first color film is by no means an unworthy rival to Fox's later and better-known "The Mark of Zorro". True, you can hardly compare Bob Livingston with Tyrone Power, Heather Angel with Linda Darnell, Emily Fitzroy with Gale Sondergaard or Chris-Pin Martin with Basil Rathbone. Nonetheless, Republic's players do the familiar story proud.
"The Bold Caballero" is ably directed with more than enough fencing, duelling and hair's-breath escapes for the fans, plus a bit of comedy, a couple of songs, and maybe just a mite too much of romance.
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