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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:
Zorro, the Fox See more (74 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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Diego dines with the Quinteros, Inez asks him to show them "the new dance steps." He and Lolita then dance together, but somehow the sheltered young Lolita knows the dance perfectly. This doesn't make sense if it contains "new dance steps" that even society-mad Inez doesn't know.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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FAQ

Did Tyrone Power do his own swordfighting in the duel between Diego and Pasquale?
Who else has played Zorro?
Was Zorro a real person?
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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Zorro, the Fox, 6 November 2003
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

What fun! This film has not aged a day in 63 years.....it is still a great tale of old California and the masked caballero, Zorro. Tyrone Power plays it to the hilt, and is especially good in his alter ego of the effeminate fop, Don Diego. He may not be quite as acrobatic as Fairbanks was in the original silent version but it doesn't detract from the performance. And Power was a fencer, so his sword fighting scenes certainly rang true. Put him with that elegant gentleman, Basil Rathbone, also an excellent swordsman, and you get one of the best sword fights in film history. Rathbone is the other shining star of this film. He oozes evil and was the master of the condescending sneer. The supporting cast is impeccable.....Palette, Sondergaard, Bromberg, Love, and the young, extremely beautiful Linda Darnell. It is curious to note that both Gale Sondergaard and J. Edward Bromberg were caught up in the Red Scare in Hollywood in the late 40'3, early 50's and their careers were basically destroyed by it.

This is a rousing, fun film with great dialogue and should be on everyone's "must see" list. One curious thing.......how did those very revealing tight pants worn by Power and Rathbone get by the Hays Office? These were the days when you could not even show a married couple sharing the same bed and those pants didn't leave much to the imagination!

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