The Mark of Zorro (1940)

The Mark of Zorro




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Movie Info

This film stars Tyrone Power as the alternately swishing and swashbuckling son of a 19th-century California aristocrat. Champion of the oppressed, his enemy is a wicked governor portrayed by Bromberg who, of course, has a beautiful niece that our hero loves. Rathbone is a delightfully evil assistant to the governor.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Taintor Foote, Bess Meredyth, Garrett Elsden Fort, John Tainor Foote
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
20th Century Fox



as Don Diego Vega / Zor...

as Lolita Quintero

as Captain Esteban Pasq...

as Inez Quintero

as Fra Felipe

as Don Luis Quintero

as Don Alejandro Vega

as Senora Isabella Vega

as Rodrigo

as Sgt. Gonzales

as Cafe Proprietor

as Don Miguel

as Don Jose

as Officer Of The Day

as Caballero

as Caballero

as Caballero

as Soldier

as Student/Officer

as Peon at Inn

as Commanding Officer

as Boatman

as Manservant

as Manservant

as Jose, a Peon

as Sentry
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Critic Reviews for The Mark of Zorro

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It's one of the all-time great swashbucklers.

Full Review… | June 17, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you really dig the newer Zorro exploits, there's very little reason to think you wouldn't enjoy a nostalgic trip back to the guy's earlier screen adventures.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005

Maybe the cutest Zorro to come along until The Gay Blade.

Full Review… | October 1, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Mark of Zorro

The Adventures of Robin Hood was only two years previous to this and so Hollywood was essentially riding the trend with this one, very nearly a remake (albeit cheaper, quelle surprise) of the other. Stolen from The Scarlett Pimpernel is the hero-pretending-to-be-gay bit (until he dresses up all in black, and THEN he's a MAN). Okay, now the particulars. Powers is serviceable as the lead and no one except Basil Rathbone challenges this watermark throughout the production. Sondergaard gets to chew a little scenery but the highlight of the film, of course, is the swordfight between Powers and Rathbone.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A young caballero returns from military service in Spain to find his father deposed from office by a corrupt tyrant and so dons a mask to fight on the side of the people. The original template used in the Antonio Banderas remake, The Mark Of Zorro was made 2 years after the classic The Adventures Of Robin Hood and features many of the same ingredients, including impressive swordplay, charming old school romanticism, a supremely hissable villain in the form of Basil Rathbone and Eugene Pallette who is pretty much playing the same part as a good hearted but belligerent old friar. But the star of the show is most definitely Tyrone Power who proves he can swashbuckle with the best of them, not only in his skillful use of the sword but also with his fine display of comic timing in the genuinely amusing scenes as his foppish alter ego. He and Linda Darnell make an extremely attractive couple, the action sequences are some of the finest from the golden age and it has a refreshingly old school lack of cynicism, making for a rousing boy's own adventure that rates as one of the best of the era.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

the best zorro hands down. tyrone power, i'm sorry i doubted you!

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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