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Ghost of Zorro (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 24 March 1949 (USA)
It's 1865 and the telegraph is heading west. George Crane, wanting to keep law and order out of his territory, is out to stop the construction. The engineer on the job is Ken Mason and he ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred C. Brannon

Writers:

Royal K. Cole (as Royal Cole), William Lively | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clayton Moore ... Ken Mason
Pamela Blake ... Rita White
Roy Barcroft ... Hank Kilgore
George J. Lewis ... Moccasin
Gene Roth ... George Crane (as Eugene Roth)
John Crawford ... Mulvaney - Ch. 3, 4
I. Stanford Jolley ... Paul Hobson - Ch. 6, 7
Steve Clark ... Jonathan R. White - Ch. 1, 10
Steve Darrell ... Ben Simpson - Ch. 8
Dale Van Sickel ... Mike Hodge
Tom Steele ... Brace
Alex Montoya Alex Montoya ... Yellow Hawk
Marshall Reed ... Fowler
Frank O'Connor ... Doctor - Ch. 8
Jack O'Shea ... Freight Agent - Ch. 1, 4
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Storyline

It's 1865 and the telegraph is heading west. George Crane, wanting to keep law and order out of his territory, is out to stop the construction. The engineer on the job is Ken Mason and he is the grandson of Zorro. As Crane sends his men or Indians to stop the work, Mason repeatedly puts on the Zorro costume and rides to the rescue in this 12-chapter serial. Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

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THE WEST'S FAMOUS MYSTERY RIDER BACK IN ACTION! (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zorro im Wilden Westen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$164,895 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes) | (shortened) | (part 1: 74'/ part 2: 77')

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The budget (expected cost) of the serial (production #1702) was $165,086 and the film-negative cost came in at $164,895 for a net-under budget of $91.00. See more »

Goofs

Chapter 10: Rita is seen outside, and when Zorro enters his cave, she is seen inside the cave with no shot of her entering. See more »

Quotes

Hank Kilgore: [to Crane] The job's being handled by some eastern dude named Ken Mason. He'll be easy pickins.
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Featured in Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004) See more »

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USE OF STOCK FOOTAGE IN SCENES
17 November 2004 | by Mike NewtonSee all my reviews

Much of the footage from Ghost of Zorro was taken from a previous Republic serial DAREDEVILS OF THE WEST (1943) starring Allen Lane and Kay Aldridge. Note the outfits of Clayton Moore and Pamela Blake in one scene where they are riding on a out of control stagecoach about to go over a cliff. They are identical to the outfits worn by Lane and Aldridge in a similar chapter ending. Also the name of the stageline shown on the coach is "Foster Stage Line" indicating it was the same stage used in the 1943 serial. Also in the first chapter, Miss Blake's construction crew is attacked by maurading Indians (Native Americans, for the politically correct readers!!!). She and the others are shown on an obvious indoor set rigged to look like it was shot outdoors. However the footage of Indians attacking came from the other serial. I wrote a detailed article using the actual pressbook copies from the Library of Congress for the first issue of the Classic Images film magazine. As to the quality of Ghost of Zorro, it was made at a time when Republic was using lots of stock footage in their serials and westerns trying to stave off the inevitable. The one benefit which came from its production was that it gave Clayton Moore the portrayal which helped him get the role of TV's Lone Ranger.


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