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Don Q Son of Zorro (1925)

Not Rated | | Adventure , Romance | 15 June 1925 (USA)
Don Cesar, son of Zorro, is framed for murder while visiting Spain, and becomes the whip-wielding outlaw Don Q.

Director:

Donald Crisp

Writers:

Kate Prichard (novel) (as K. Prichard), Hesketh Prichard (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Astor ... Dolores de Muro
Jack McDonald Jack McDonald ... General de Muro
Donald Crisp ... Don Sebastian
Stella De Lanti Stella De Lanti ... The Queen (as Stella DeLanti)
Warner Oland ... The Archduke
Jean Hersholt ... Don Fabrique
Albert MacQuarrie Albert MacQuarrie ... Colonel Matsado
Lottie Pickford ... Lola (as Lottie Pickford Forrest)
Charles Stevens ... Robledo
Tote Du Crow Tote Du Crow ... Bernardo
Martha Franklin Martha Franklin ... The Duenna
Juliette Belanger Juliette Belanger ... The Dancer
Roy Coulson Roy Coulson ... Her Admirer
Enrique Acosta Enrique Acosta ... Ramon
Douglas Fairbanks ... Don Cesar de Vega / Zorro - His Father
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Storyline

Don Cesar de Vega, son of Zorro, is in Spain for his education. By way of education, he duels with Don Sebastian of the Queen's Guard (soon to be his rival for the hand of lovely Dolores de Muro), makes love, and befriends the visiting Archduke of Austria. But a quarrel ending in violence gives Don Sebastian the chance to dispose of his rival...by framing him for murder! Feigning suicide, Cesar escapes. Being a chip off the old block, a whip-wielding outlaw (this being his weapon rather than the sword) sets out to clear the name of Vega... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Swift action, tender romance, daredevil stunts, with lightning-like whip-lash, comedy nobody can resist, rapid adventure, high conspiracy, mystery plots, all are found in "Don Q" See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit der Peitsche See more »

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Elton Corporation See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ironically, the original DON Q novel did not feature Zorro; Fairbanks reworked the story into a vehicle for that character because he only possessed the rights to "The Curse of Captistrano," which was the story in which Zorro first appeared. See more »

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Don Cesar de Vega: My father always said, "When life plays a trick on you, play a trick on the trick."
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English Lyrics by Vera Bloom
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A great sequel to a great original
17 May 2014 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Mark of Zorro to me is one of the Douglas Fairbanks classics, and its sequel Don Q Son of Zorro is just as great and even on par with it. It looks spectacular with sets that look lavish and expensive and photography that positively sweeps. The music score rouses the spirits well enough and there is a sense of humour that has a strong presence and in a way that is still fresh. The story is well-paced and compelling with thrills, fun and adventure galore. It's conventional for a film starring Fairbanks and as an adventure film as well in a sense but not to a routine or simplistic degree, it is always easy to follow and still offers enough surprises. The action is full of energy and rousingly choreographed, never too much or too little and they move the story forward rather than slowing down. If you are looking for stunts that will leave you in awe, as you often find in Fairbanks's films, you will not be disappointed in Don Q Son of Zorro, they're unmistakably Fairbanks but don't feel rehashed. Donald Crisp directs with a deft and imaginative touch, and the characterisations are vivid enough, with the exception of Mary Astor who doesn't have a lot to do and comes across as bland as a result(shame as she has done a fair amount of stuff that I like). Crisp is especially good in support, he has rarely been more malevolent though not in a blatant way, and Don Sebastian is easily one of the nastiest villains of any Fairbanks film. Warner Oland is solid too if occasionally resorting to histrionics. Douglas Fairbanks is the most impressive though, the athletic stunts look so effortless when he does them and the gallant charisma and infectious smile makes him a most likable hero. To conclude, Mark of Zorro is still a classic and one of Fairbanks' greatest but Don Q Son of Zorro is just as great. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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