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Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939)

The masked hero leads a fighting force to fight a villian who plots the conquest of The Republic of Mexico.

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Ronald Davidson (original screenplay), Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reed Hadley ... Don Diego Vega / Zorro
Sheila Darcy Sheila Darcy ... Volita
William Corson William Corson ... Ramon
Leander De Cordova Leander De Cordova ... Felipe
Edmund Cobb ... Gonzalez
John Merton ... Manuel [Ch. 1-9]
C. Montague Shaw ... Pablo
Budd Buster ... Juan
Carleton Young ... Benito Juarez [ch 1-2, 12]
Guy D'Ennery ... Don Francisco [Ch. 1]
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Kala [Ch. 10-12] (as Paul Marian)
Joe Molina Joe Molina ... Tarmac
James Pierce ... Moreno (as Jim Pierce)
Helen Mitchel Helen Mitchel ... Doña Maria
Curley Dresden Curley Dresden ... Tomás
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Storyline

It'a 1824 and Don Del Oro, a man completely hidden in a suit of armor, plans to become emperor of Mexico. Don Diego arrives and as the masked Zorro takes up the fight. He organizes the Legionnaires to fight Del Oro's henchmen and the Yaqui Indians. CHAP. 1, GOLDEN GOD: An explosion sends a landslide down on Zorro. CHAP. 2, FLAMING Z: Zorro is trapped in a building as it explodes. CHAP. 3, DESCENDING DOOM: Zorro is trapped in an elevator shaft with the car plummeting down at him. CHAP. 4, BRIDGE OF PERIL: Zorro is on a narrow suspension bridge when the suport ropes are cut. CHAP. 5, DECOY: Zorro is on a wagon that explodes. CHAP. 6, ZORRO TO THE RESCUE: Zorro is locked in a dungeon cell with a moving wall that is about to crush him. CHAP. 7, FUGITIVE: Zorro falls beneath a runaway stagecoach. CHAP. 8, FLOWING DEATH: Zorro is in a mine shaft when an avalanche of water is released. CHAP 9, GOLDEN ARROW: A man at close range shoots an arrow at the unsuspecting Don Diego. CHAP. 10, MYSTERY... Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

WHIPS CRACK! SWORDS FLASH! BULLETS FLY! (original print ad-all caps)

Genres:

Action | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La legión del Zorro See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene where Zorro falls off a stagecoach then climbs up that back was later homaged by Indiana Jones with a truck in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). See more »

Quotes

Don Diego Vega: What Diego can't do, Zorro can!
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Connections

Edited into Six Gun Theater: Six Gun Rhythm (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

We Ride!
Music by William Lava
Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
Sung by Zorro's Legionaires over the credits and throughtout the serial.
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One of the best serials ever made
3 July 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Best of the Zorro serials and one of my favorite serials, period. This is a period serial set right after the birth of Mexico. The new nation is counting on the gold produced by this one town to keep the republic solvent. However a gold god, Don del Oro is stirring up the Indians and stealing the gold for himself. Its Zorro and his band of men to the rescue. Reed Hadley is a winning Zorro and he cuts a dashing figure as he gets into a nice selection of scraps (most all of which were reused by the later Zorro serials as well as other serials as well).The story moves and its nicely not clear who the real bad guy is. There is a reason that I've seen this the most of any serial I've seen, its simply a great action adventure film. The only thing I can compare it to is the Mark of Zorro with Tyrone Power or one of the other swashbucklers of the period. Its super and highly recommended.


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