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Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939)

Passed | | Western | 16 December 1939 (USA)
The masked hero leads a fighting force to fight a villian who plots the conquest of The Republic of Mexico.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheila Darcy ...
William Corson ...
Leander De Cordova ...
Commandante Manuel [Ch. 1-9]
Budd Buster ...
Guy D'Ennery ...
Don Francisco [Ch. 1]
Kala [Ch. 10-12] (as Paul Marian)
Joe Molina ...
Tarmac -Yaqui Chief
Henchnam Moreno (as Jim Pierce)
Helen Mitchel ...
Doña Maria
Curley Dresden ...
Henchman Tomás


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WHIPS CRACK! SWORDS FLASH! BULLETS FLY! (original print ad-all caps)




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Release Date:

16 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La legión del Zorro  »

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(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The appearance of Benito Juarez in Chapters 1-2 & 12 presents us with somewhat of an anachronism. It's not that Senor Juarez wasn't alive at this time (stated as 1824). It's just that the great Mexican Patriot was born in 1806; making him 18 years of age then. The inclusion of Juarez in the story is most likely do to the release of highly successful and popular JUAREZ(Warner Bros., 1939) earlier that year; which starred Paul Muni in the title role. See more »


Manuel Gonzalez: Gentlemen, this is becoming ridiculous! The next thing you know, someone will be accusing you of being Zorro.
Don Diego Vega: Why, I believe I'd be flattered!
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Referenced in Dick Tracy Special (2010) See more »


We Ride!
Music by William Lava
Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
Sung by Zorro's Legionaires over the credits and throughtout the serial.
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Zorro's Fighting Legion
21 May 2006 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

I loved this exiting republic serial! The story was one of the best I have ever seen! Even tough, the picture quality was not of the best, but OK. The fencing in this serial is also a bit bad, but not terrible. They only should have practised some more. As I said the story is GREAT! You're just sitting there and waiting to find out who Don Del Oro is! The theme music is excellent! It's the same guy who maid the music for Walt Disney's version of Zorro, who maid the Fightin Legion music. Costumes and buildings are very good. Zorro is really cool and so are the legioners! I highly recommend this serial. Buy it!

I love that Reed Hadley plays Zorro! He is funny, smart and brave! Mark: 6.

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