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The Mark of Zorro -- In California in the 1820s, Don Diego finds his native California under control of an evil dictatorship so he dons a mask and becomes the legendary hero, Zorro.


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Release Date:
8 November 1940 (USA) See more »
Ride With Zorro . . . The Dashing Don Of California's Most Adventurous Era ! See more »
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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The California Cockerel Saves the Day. See more (75 total) »


  (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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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94 min | Portugal:90 min (censored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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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Basil Rathbone, being a well known fencer in his own right, was asked how well Tyrone Power did in their scenes in which stunt doubles were not used. Rathbone responded, " Tyrone Power could fence Errol Flynn into a cocked hat!"See more »
Continuity: When the padre leaves the cell he has a pistol in his right hand. When he starts hitting the soldiers, he has a tree limb in his right hand. When the Alcade resigns, the padre escorts him the pistol is back in his right hand.See more »
Captain Esteban Pasquale:Conditions have changed since you left, Don Diego. Your father resigned. Age, you know! Since then, the peons have become um... more industrious. As to the caballeros. they're encouraged to think of their own affairs. WE take care of the government!See more »


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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The California Cockerel Saves the Day., 10 July 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Young Don Diego De La Vega has been sent to Spain from the family estancia in Spanish California to learn fencing and get a little polish, bring some culture and couth to the frontier.

When he returns Diego finds all is not right. His father is out as alcalde of the village of Los Angeles and a new post captain and his willing accomplice, the new alcalde, are conducting wholesale robbery of the people quite legally. What to do?

When Diego De La Vega is played by Tyrone Power quickly give the impression you're a fatuous fop and don't let them see you're the best swordsman around. And by night take the guise of an 18th century bandit hero and call yourself Zorro.

I love this film very much because great romantic heroes like Tyrone Power just aren't found these days. Eventually Power proved he could do more than just look good in a period costume, but the movie going public loved him best in these kind of roles, me included.

He gets great support from lovely Linda Darnell whom he has to simultaneously repel as Don Diego and woo as Zorro to keep the fiction going. Basil Rathbone is a wonderful commandant who keeps the people in line and taxes to himself.

But I particularly liked J. Edward Bromberg and Gale Sondergaard as Senor and Senora Quintero the crooked alcalde and his scheming wife. Oddly enough as fate would have it, both of these people later on had blacklist problems with Bromberg meeting a tragic early death.

Dueling and romance from Tyrone Power, the California Cockerel so dubbed by his fellow students at the fencing academy who saves the day and wins the girl. And when the girl is Linda Darnell, does anyone have to ask what he's fighting for?

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