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The Bold Caballero (1936)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 1 December 1936 (USA)
The Commandant is making life rough for the colonials in Spanish California. While trying to help, Zorro is charged with the murder of the new Governor, but in the end he triumphs over the evil Commandant.


Wells Root


Wells Root (original screenplay), Johnston McCulley (idea)

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Robert Livingston ... Don Diego Vega / Zorro
Heather Angel ... Lady Isabella Palma
Sig Ruman ... Commandante Sebastian Golle (as Sig Rumann)
Ian Wolfe ... The Priest
Robert Warwick ... Governor Palma
Emily Fitzroy ... Lady Isabella's chaperone
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Carlos De Valdez Carlos De Valdez ... The Alcalde (as Carlos de Valdez)
Soledad Jiménez ... Indian woman (as Soledad Jiminez)


Don Diego is fighting for the peons against the Commandante. Shortly after the Governor and his daughter Isabella arrive, the Governor is killed and marked with a Z. When Don Diego's identity as Zorro is revealed to Isabella, she has the Commandante arrest him as the killer. But he convinces her the Commandante was the killer as the Z was backwards. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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FOR LOVE - AND FOR FREEDOM!... his battle cry. See more »


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Release Date:

1 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Marca de Zorro See more »


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Color (Magnacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only film to accurately depict Zorro as wearing a mask which covers his entire face, as he appeared on the cover of the August 9th, 1919 issue of All-Story Weekly; the magazine which first introduced him in the five part story The Curse of Capistrano. All subsequent film and television depictions which leave Zorro's chin, and usually his entire mouth, exposed are variations of the design first created for Douglas Fairbanks in the film The Mark of Zorro (1920) See more »


[first lines]
Crowd of Indians: Zorro... Zorro... Zorro...
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Alternate Versions

The U-rated UK release of this film was cut by 2 seconds by the BBFC. See more »


Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »


La Paloma
Music by Sebastián Yradier
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Better than Banderas
5 May 1999 | by pendocSee all my reviews

Well received in it's time and holds up well today. Plot and dialog are notable, and the Heather Angel character is powerful decades before feminism. Skip Banderas. Watch this one.

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