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The Mark of Zorro (1920)

A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed.

Director:

Fred Niblo

Writer:

Johnston McCulley (based on the story by: "The Curse of Capistrano" published in "All-Story Weekly")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marguerite De La Motte ... Lolita Pulido
Robert McKim ... Capt. Juan Ramon
Noah Beery ... Sgt. Pedro Gonzales
Charles Hill Mailes ... Don Carlos Pulido
Claire McDowell ... Doña Catalina Pulido
Snitz Edwards ... Short Innkeeper
Sidney De Gray Sidney De Gray ... Don Alejandro (as Sydney De Gray)
George Periolat ... Gov. Alvarado
Walt Whitman Walt Whitman ... Fray Felipe
Tote Du Crow Tote Du Crow ... Bernardo
Douglas Fairbanks ... Don Diego Vega / Señor Zorro
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Storyline

In old Spanish California, the oppressive colonial government is opposed by Zorro, masked champion of the people, who appears out of nowhere with flashing sword and an athletic sense of humor, scarring the faces of evildoers with his Mark. Meanwhile, beautiful Lolita is courted by villainous Captain Ramon, rich but effete Don Diego... and dashing Zorro, who is never seen at the same time as Don Diego. As Zorro continues to evade pursuit, Ramon puts the damsel in distress... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

5 December 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La marca del Zorro See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1970 alternate) | (DVD) | (Academy archive print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (color toned)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the Golden Age of Comic Books, this was the film to which Thomas and Martha Wayne took their young son Bruce on the night that they were murdered in front of him in Gotham City in 1920, the experience which led him to become Batman. See more »

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When Fray Felipe is receiving his lashes, there are horizontal lacerations along the left side of his back. The camera angle then widens to reveal two vertical lacerations - one in the center of his back and one to the right - while the laceration on the left side of the back is gone. See more »

Quotes

Lolita Pulido: If I were only a man - I'd ride the highway like this Zorro...
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Alternate Versions

In 1970, Killiam Shows, Inc. copyrighted a sound version with original 1920s tints. It has an original piano music score by William P. Perry and runs 90 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Potseluy Meri Pikford (1927) See more »

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Out of the night, when the full moon is bright
17 January 2006 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

Hooray for Doug!!! He is the epitome of the dashing swashbuckler and set the standard for all that followed.......and some of them were damn good but Fairbanks had it all. He flashed those teeth and swung from tree to building, across tables and onto the backs of horses......and without a stunt double. What a guy.

The film tells the story that we all know due to remakes and a successful TV series (with a great theme song). The foppish Don Diego, is a terrible disappointment to his father and to his intended wife. He appears to be always "fatigued" and uses a silk handkerchief to indicate his ennui. It's a perfect cover for his alter ego, Zorro, the Robin Hood of old California.

The acting in this silent is overall quite good even though Noah Beery Sr. is a little over the top in a couple of scenes......well, most of his scenes are rather hammy. (It must have run in the family for I found his brother Wallace pretty hammy himself). But Fairbanks is the reason for seeing this film. He is a ball of fire and looks like he had a great time playing this part......and you'll have a great time watching him. He's "that bold renegade, carves a Z with his blade, a Z that stands for Zorro". What fun!!!!!!!!!


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