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The Mark of Zorro (1974)

The classic story the masked hero of Old California - his father has been replaced as governor by a corrupt tyrant, so the noble Don Diego Vega plays the coward by day and rides alone at night to defeat the powers of corruption.

Director:

Don McDougall

Writers:

Brian Taggert (teleplay), John Taintor Foote | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Frank Langella ... Don Diego / Zorro
Ricardo Montalban ... Captain Esteban
Gilbert Roland ... Don Alejandro Vega
Louise Sorel ... Inez Quintero
Robert Middleton ... Don Luis Quintero
Anne Archer ... Teresa
Yvonne De Carlo ... Isabella Vega (as Yvonne DeCarlo)
Tom Lacy Tom Lacy ... Fray Felipe
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Sgt. Gonzales
Jay Hammer Jay Hammer ... Antonio
John Rose John Rose ... Rodrigo
Robert Carricart ... Dockworker
Alfonso Tafoya Alfonso Tafoya ... Don Miguel
Inez Perez Inez Perez ... Maria
Frank Soto Frank Soto ... Proprietor
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In the 1840s, the foppish Don Diego de la Vega returns from Spain to his family in California to find that his father has been replaced as ruler of the region by the cruel Don Luis Quintero. Despite being a skilled swordsman, Diego downplays his skills in front of the evil Captain Esteban and shows himself to be rather a clown in front of his family. However, Diego secretly picks up the sword of justice as the masked hero Zorro and fights to return justice to the region and his people. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Trivia

This was a "backdoor pilot" for a proposed revival of the Zorro series on which ABC-TV declined to pick up the option. See more »

Quotes

Captain Esteban: I trust you find this room more to you're liking?
Don Diego/Zorro: Well this room is already stained in blood... a little more won't make any diffrence
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Connections

Version of The Sexcapades of Don Diego (1972) See more »

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Worthy TV adaptation of this dashing swashbuckler!
15 February 1999 | by Lori SSee all my reviews

Frank Langella makes you forget both Tyrone & Fairbanks - his Zorro is quieter, more serious, more sensual, whereas the other two played the role for laughs at times. And Langella's take on Don Diego the fop is not as effeminate or funny, more like lazy and yawning. And his eyes are very expressive and always moving.

Ricardo Montalban does pretty well as the villain, but can't compete against Basil Rathbone (1940). But the winsome, young Anne Archer is a big improvement over stiff Linda Darnell. Nice to see the still-fit, silent star Gilbert Roland as Zorro's dad.

The dialogue and script of this is very similar to the 1940 version, and it uses the same stirring theme and soundtrack composed by Alfred Newman.

You can catch this version on TV sometimes -- it's worth videotaping.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mark of Zorro See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson Mountains, Arizona, USA See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by De Luxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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