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Director:
Writers:
John Taintor Foote (screenplay)
Garrett Fort (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
8 November 1940 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Ride With Zorro . . . The Dashing Don Of California's Most Adventurous Era ! See more »
Plot:
A young aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
A masterpiece of screen Swordplay... See more (75 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tyrone Power ... Diego

Linda Darnell ... Lolita Quintero

Basil Rathbone ... Captain Esteban Pasquale

Gale Sondergaard ... Inez Quintero

Eugene Pallette ... Fray Felipe
J. Edward Bromberg ... Don Luis Quintero
Montagu Love ... Don Alejandro Vega
Janet Beecher ... Senora Isabella Vega
George Regas ... Sergeant Gonzales
Chris-Pin Martin ... Turnkey (as Chris - Pin Martin in opening credits)
Robert Lowery ... Rodrigo
Belle Mitchell ... Maria
John Bleifer ... Pedro
Frank Puglia ... Propietor
Eugene Borden ... Officer of the Day
Pedro de Cordoba ... Don Miguel
Guy D'Ennery ... Don Jose
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Andrews ... Commanding Officer (uncredited)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Sentry (uncredited)
Ralph Byrd ... Student / Officer (uncredited)
Robert Cauterio ... Manuel (uncredited)
Bob Cautiero ... Groom (uncredited)
Robert Conway ... (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Caballero (uncredited)
Franco Corsaro ... Orderly (uncredited)
Andre Cuyas ... Servant (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Sentry (uncredited)
Joseph DeVillard ... Sentry (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Soldier (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Peón Selling Cocks (uncredited)
George Ghermanoff ... Servant (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Boatman (uncredited)
Fred Malatesta ... Sentry (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Officer (uncredited)
Francisco Moreno ... Peon (uncredited)
Ted North ... (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ... Moreno (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Caballero (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... José (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Diego's Manservant (uncredited)
Paul Sutton ... Morales (uncredited)
Lucio Villegas ... Caballero (uncredited)
Harry Worth ... Caballero (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Don Alejandro's Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
Rouben Mamoulian 
 
Writing credits
John Taintor Foote (screenplay)

Garrett Fort (adaptation) and
Bess Meredyth (adaptation)

Johnston McCulley (story "The Curse of Capistrano")

Produced by
Raymond Griffith .... associate producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (director of photography) (as Arthur Miller)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Bischoff 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Joseph C. Wright 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Bowen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Lynn Shores .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Stunts
Rex Rossi .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Albert Cavens .... fencing double: Tyrone Power (uncredited)
Fred Cavens .... choreographer: duel (uncredited)
Ernesto A. Romero .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
94 min | Portugal:90 min (censored version)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Finland:K-7 (TV rating) (2014) | Germany:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #6597)

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Trivia:
The famous duel was staged by Hollywood fencing master Fred Cavens. Cavens specialized in staging duels that relied more on actual swordplay rather than the jumping on furniture and leaping from balconies that many film "duels" consisted of up until that point. Cavens' son, Albert Cavens, doubled for Tyrone Power in the fancier parts of the duel (mostly with his back to camera), such as the extended exchange with Esteban ending with Don Diego's sword smashing into the bookcase. Basil Rathbone, a champion fencer in real life, did not care for the saber (the weapon of choice in this film), but nevertheless did all of his own fencing. Fast fencing shots were undercranked to 18 or 20 frames per second (as opposed to the standard 24fps) and all the sound effects were post-synchronized.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The soldiers at the beginning of the film wager 10 Pesos. This is in Spain where the currency would be the Peseta not the Mexican Peso.See more »
Quotes:
Don Diego Vega:[speaking to his father] I went directly from the ship to our old home. I met Senor Quintero and his charming wife. I found them very pleasant and agreeable.
Fray Felipe:Pleasant scorpions! Agreeable rattlesnakes!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Batman: Year One (2011) (V)See more »

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Is 'The Mark of Zorro' based on a book?
Did Tyrone Power do his own swordfighting in the duel between Diego and Pasquale?
What is 'The Mark of Zorro' about?
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44 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A masterpiece of screen Swordplay..., 3 June 2000

Tyrone Power - the swashbuckling answer to Errol Flynn - is cast as the agile masked avenger who decides to take up the people's cause in disguise leaving his 'mark' "Z" everywhere, on walls, coach, wooden barrels and human chest...

Power - in a double leading role - is at his best as Zorro, climbing, jumping, riding and fencing, determined to finish with tyranny and oppression by terrorizing, and retrieving taxation funds and by challenging a cunning officer, proving in public his indifference, his ostentation and irony as a perfect pacifist fop in 19th-Century Spanish California, confusing and deceiving his aristocratic father Don Alejandro Vega (Montagu Love), the deposed Alcalde...

The inspired casting (in supporting roles) recalls "The Adventures of Robin Hood."

Linda Darnell is the pretty Lolita, Quintero's charming niece, who loves the mysterious hero and can't tolerate the fop until she is told that they are the image of the same person...

Basil Rathbone, one of the most durable of screen villains who has mastered stage fencing but never won a Swordfight, plays the cruel captain Esteban Pasquale, the Alcalde's military adviser... He is a second-rate soldier of fortune who leads the campaign of frustrating taxation, who considered Diego "a fancy clown" but who suggests a practical plan, an alliance for the good of the state...

J. Edward Bromberg is the cowardly Alcalde, Don Luis Quintero, a corrupted thief, enemy of the people, whose tyranny and avarice are always enforced by the treachery of his iron hand, the rigorous captain Esteban...

Eugene Palette plays the mission 'fat' priest (Father Felipe) who ignores that Diego is the opposing force...

The high point of the picture is the fantastic duel between Power and Rathbone, a masterpiece of screen Swordplay...

Rouben Mamoulian succeeds in making two great stars dance to an unheard music... With a touch of a great filmmaker, Mamoulian mixes harmoniously movement and action, decor and lightning with rage and turmoil, heroism and romance...

Under Alfred Newman's Oscar-Nominated score and despite the unusual absence of Technicolor, the film (the first of the great Tyrone Power swashbucklers ) is great fun, full of vitality and suspense, an exciting, deliciously ironic swashbuckler...

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