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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

Douglas Fairbanks was looking to try something new from the normal boy-meets-girl romance movies he had been making for the previous few years. This is when the actor came across the story of Zorro--originally published in the magazine "All-Story Weekly". Previous to Fairbanks' portrayal, practically nobody had ever heard of the Robin Hood-like hero Zorro. See more »

Goofs

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

Zorro: Justice for all!
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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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A joy to watch!
11 September 1999 | by AlAnnSee all my reviews

If you've seen the other incarnations of Zorro before seeing this black-and-white silent version, you may think this one is going to be boring. Wrong! Because it is silent, the visuals kept me captivated; much more seems to be conveyed through gestures and body language than in a film in which the characters speak. The accompanying organ music is masterfully matched to the action (when someone slams a hand down on to a table, there is an appropriate "thump" in the music.) Best of all, though, is watching the legendary Douglas Fairbanks in some of his trademark athletic leaps, which appear effortless. I have to say that this is one of the very best versions of Zorro.


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