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A young aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California.

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Diego
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J. Edward Bromberg ...
Montagu Love ...
Janet Beecher ...
George Regas ...
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Turnkey
Robert Lowery ...
Rodrigo
Belle Mitchell ...
Maria
John Bleifer ...
Pedro
Frank Puglia ...
Propietor
Eugene Borden ...
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Storyline

Around 1820 the son of a California nobleman comes home from Spain to find his native land under a villainous dictatorship. On the one hand he plays the useless fop, while on the other he is the masked avenger Zorro. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Jagged Mark of His Sword Struck Terror to Every Heart - But One! See more »


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Release Date:

8 November 1940 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the movie that a young Bruce Wayne goes to see on the night his parents are mugged and shot by Joe Chill. They are coming out of the movie and walking through an alley with Bruce is when they are mugged; this is what leads to Batman's creation. This fact is mentioned in the 1986 Frank Miller comic "The Dark Knight Returns", and in fact Bob Kane based the character of "The Dark Knight" on Zorro. See more »

Goofs

After Zorro breaks into the Alcalde's home, threatens him, and meets Lolita, he is shortly thereafter seen slashing down a "Wanted" poster offering 20,000 pesos for his capture. Later, in the scene where he holds up the tax collectors after they have gathered tax money from the peons, as he robs the tax collectors, in the background can be seen another "Wanted" poster offering 5,000 pesos reward for the capture of Zorro. In a subsequent scene moments later, they again show the poster offering 20,000 pesos reward for Zorro's capture. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Inez Quintero: Oh, Diego, when may we expect you and our dear little Lolita in Madrid?
Don Diego Vega: Not for some time I'm afraid. We're going to follow the customs of California.
Inez Quintero: What do you mean?
Don Diego Vega: Well, we're going to marry and raise fat children and watch our vineyards grow.
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An excellent classic
28 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent classic that I pop in and watch often. No matter how many times you watch this one, it's still a great movie. This one is well worth purchasing. And who doesn't like Zoro? It's just a great little romp with horses, swords, and peons. Eugene Palette is one of my favorite supporting actors that just so happens to be the Fiar Fray Felipe, the local church leader. Although a member of the church, the Friar is also capable of using (and teaching?) the use of the sword. After the return of Don Deigo and the mysterious highwayman Zoro, the Friar finds himself the "purveyer of stolen goods!" He also gets in on the action at the end, hitting soldiers on the head left and right and saying "God forgive me!" He also gets to escort the Vega's down to the ship sailing for Spain at the end as well as other pieces here and there. Overall he got a fairly substantial part in the movie in my opinion. Just a great movie for the family or just yourself on a rainy day or any day.


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