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Spencer Gordon Bennet,
George J. Lewis,
The California-Yucatan Railroad, being built for the good of Mexico, is under siege by a gang of terrorists hoping to force its sale; no one can prove their connection to profiteer Marsden. Manuel Vega, aged co-owner, calls in the aid of his nephew James, great-grandson of the original Zorro. Alas, James seems more adept at golf than derring-do; but after he arrives, Zorro rides again! Can one black-clad man on horseback defeat a gang supplied with airplanes and machine guns? Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CHAPTER TITLES: 1. Death from the Sky; 2. The Fatal Minute; 3. Juggernaut; 5. Sky Pirates; 6. The Fatal Shot; 7. Burning Embers; 8. Plunge of Peril; 9. Tunnel of Terror; 10. Trapped; 11. Right of Way; 12. Retribution. See more »
Chapter nine: Zorro boards the train and warns Philip and Joyce the tunnel has been mined and goes to warn the engineer. On top of the boxcars(close up)he is struggling to keep his balance. (Long shot) he is running with no difficulty. See more »
one of the best '30s serials from republic pictures
I first saw this serial on TV in the 1950s in New York. It was my first exposure to the "anachronistic westerns" that republic pictures produced at that time. Six Guns, railroads, airplanes horses,gunfights,a machine gun and automobiles; what a combination in a western serial. One would probably have thought seeing this and other republic features made along these lines that people walked around with six guns like the old west in modern times living in California. This formula however in my opinion worked very well. Republic's music scores of that time were wonderful with basically the same themes used in this and other films of 1937. The casting was fine for this serial. John Caroll made a wonder modern Zorro. In a change of pace, Richard Alexander, the unselfish prince Barin of Flash Gordon,1936, makes a marvelous villain as the character, El Lobo (Brad Dace). Kudos to the rest of the cast especially Duncan Renaldo. There is no question that the production company knew how to put together a rousing actioneer of all the components I mentioned above. The closest of films that we see today that even approach the mood and mystique of this serial would probably be the Star Wars epics. This is one of my favorite serials because it has "entertainment value"; one to pop on a vcr to enjoy and relax more than "once a year".
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