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The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Romance, Western | 5 December 1920 (USA)
A seemingly idiotic fop is really the courageous vigilante Zorro, who seeks to protect the oppressed.

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

Complete credited cast:
... Lolita Pulido
... Capt. Juan Ramon
... Sgt. Pedro Gonzales
... Don Carlos Pulido
... Doña Catalina Pulido
... Short Innkeeper
Sidney De Gray ... Don Alejandro (as Sydney De Gray)
... Gov. Alvarado
Walt Whitman ... Fray Felipe
Tote Du Crow ... Bernardo
... 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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5 December 1920 (USA)  »

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La marca del Zorro  »

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

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(color toned)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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 »

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Don Diego Vega: I detest swords and bloodshed - but - to rid our beautiful country of a menace is a noble deed.
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A joy to watch!
11 September 1999 | by See 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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