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The Mark of Zorro

The Mark of Zorro (1920)

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Release Date: Dec 5, 1920 Wide

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Johnston MacCulley's 1913 adventure yarn The Curse of Capistrano was given its first filmization in Douglas Fairbanks' 1920 The Mark of Zorro. Fairbanks plays the outwardly foppish Don Diego de la Vega, the son of wealthy Spanish Californian rancher. In reality, Don Diego is the dashed masked-and-caped Zorro, who wages a one-man war to rescue his fellow citizens from the tyranny Captain Juan Ramon (Robert McKim). The lovely Lolita (Marguerite de la Motte) despises the namby-pamby Don Diego, but

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Western, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics

Johnston McCulley

Jan 12, 1999

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It's exciting, thrilling, romantic, and thoroughly entertaining.. And it's all anchored by a rousing performance from Douglas Fairbanks. This is what going to the movies should be about: Pure escapism!

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
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You haven’t seen Zorro until you’ve seen Douglas Fairbanks Sr. as Zorro in the 1920 silent swashbuckling classic The Mark of Zorro… It’s amazing how far we haven’t come.

November 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
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It was such a successful box office film; it became a precursor to the type of action film Hollywood is now noted for.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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1920's "The Mark of Zorro" may not have invented the superhero, but Douglas Fairbanks' performance in this role must've surely provided the inspiration for many of the costumed heroes to come in the following decades (I'm looking at you, Batman). Fairbanks not only handles the swash-buckling (that's a given), he hits just the right note with his secret identity, the effete Don Diego, son of a caballero and lover of all things gentle and safe. Don Diego saw that there was injustice towards the California natives by the tyrannical governor and watched while his fellow caballeros stood by and let it happen. To fight evil he becomes the masked avenger, Zorro. Meanwhile, his father wants him to court the lovely Lolita Pulido (Marquerite De La Motte) of the Pulido family, who have fallen on hard times. Don Diego courts her as both himself and as Zorro, to see which one she prefers, and if all she's interested in is his money. Zorro also has a secret lair with false panel intrances, and a mute indian servant who knows his secret identity (as I've said, he's the superhero archetype in many ways).

The Mark of Zorro is quite action-packed in it's 105 minutes. Douglas Fairbanks is electrifying, as usual. He's not necessarily a terribly handsome man, but he's loaded with so much charisma he demands your attention. It's a great performance in a great action film from the silent era.
March 20, 2011
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Devon Bott

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This movie starts out kind of slow, but it gets better as it goes on. Fairbanks is good as Zorro, and does all his great stunts. I enjoyed this movie, it even has a bit of comedy here and there, a fun movie.
December 15, 2010
ajv2688

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the original swashbuckler and the first film produced by united artists. the film is 90 years old but douglas fairbanks and his trademark acrobatic stunts are still so much fun to watch! said to be the film that inspired the creation of batman
November 11, 2010
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Stella Dallas

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This Zorro is amazing! Fairbanks did all his stunts which is absolutely awesome to see!
September 16, 2007
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Linda K. T.

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