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The Masked Conqueror (1962)

Zorro alla corte di Spagna (original title)
Not Rated | | Western | 29 June 1962 (Italy)
The perfidious brother of the deceased Duke of Lusitania usurps the throne from its legitimate heir, the Grand Duchess; however, an enigmatic man in black known only as the Zorro is out for justice. But, who is this valiant vindicator?

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... Riccardo Di Villa Verde / Zorro
Alberto Lupo ... Miguel
Nadia Marlowa ... Bianca Rodriguez
Maria Letizia Gazzoni ... Infanta Isabella
Franco Fantasia ... Manuel Garcia
Antonio Gradoli ... L'Oste
Carlo Tamberlani ... Marchese Pedro Di Villa Verde
Amedeo Trilli ... Il frate
Maria Grazia Spina ... Consuelo
Nazzareno Zamperla ... Paquito
Carla Calò ... Francisca Di Villa Verde
Nerio Bernardi ... Colonello Vargas
Tullio Altamura ... Il conte di Toledo
Andreina Paul ... Regina Maria Cristina
Gloria Parri ... Rosita
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Returning from Mexico to his native Spain, the noble Marquis, Riccardo di Villa Real, finds himself before a difficult and unexpected situation, as the brother of the deceased Duke of Lusitania, Don Ramon de Castro, has taken possession of the Grand Duchy. Usurping the throne from its legitimate heirs--the Grand Duchess, Giovanna, and her little daughter, Isabella--the treacherous Don Ramon now forces the helpless lady to renounce her royal right; however, an enigmatic man in black known only as the Zorro is out for justice. But, who is this valiant vindicator? Written by Nick Riganas

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A legendary adventure of the masked hero ZORRO!

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2.35 : 1
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fun, colorful Italian swashbuckler with Ardisson as Zorro
3 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

First, this is definitely NOT a western. This Zorro is NOT like the Republic serial. It's set in the Spain (Lusitania in the English version!) of the mid 1800s and is in the costumed swashbuckler vein. The name of Zorro's alter ego seems to have been changed in the English dubbing also, as he is called "Senor Martin" throughout, not Riccardo as in the original Italian. That said, the film is a lighthearted, colorful action romp with Ardisson turning on his boyish charm in both roles--the powerful, slick, romantic Zorro, and his prissy, spoiled, wiseass alter ego Martin. I'm reminded of the bored, spoiled way that Robert Lowery played Bruce Wayne in the 1949 Batman and Robin serial. Watching Zorro make buffoons out of the members of the Spanish royal court is very entertaining. Director Luigi Capuano's films are usually very rich visually, with lots of vibrant color, and this one is no exception. The usual suspects appear in supporting roles here: Livio Lorenzon (NOT with shaved head!), fencing master Franco Fantasia, Alberto Lupo, Gianni Rizzo, Carlo Tamberlani. My copy is titled ZORRO AT THE COURT OF SPAIN, but there are also English language prints with the title THE MASKED CONQUEROR. Overall, a swashbuckling romp where you can tell the actors, especially Ardisson, are having fun themselves--it's contagious.


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