The Mark of Zorro Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ May 7, 2007
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.
Super Reviewer
August 17, 2010
the best zorro hands down. tyrone power, i'm sorry i doubted you!
Super Reviewer
September 5, 2010
I loved Power as Zorro, he's handsome and brave, just like Zorro should be. The story is awesome too. I highly recommend this movie.
Super Reviewer
½ February 1, 2008
the 40s "the mark of zorro" is a remake of the 20s original starring douglas fairbanks sr., casting tyrone power as the hooden swashbuckling hero to serve justice for ill-fated common people in california.

it has right elements of swashbuckler gendre, and tyrpone power's interpretation would be more versatilely understated since the script requires him to impersonate dual characters: the spineless dandy vs. the gallant dark-knight...power's performance differentiates from errol flynn's flamboyant wisecrackers against the evil authority, but power carries his chivalry in a more straitforward manner, with his ebullient vigor inhabited under the seemingly indifference. of course, you cannot help but be hypnotized by his million-watt brilliant wide-smile.

linda darnell plays the first-love burgeoning lad, zorro's love interest. darnell has the perfect garment, her rosy beauty, to infiltrate this juliet-alike belle. observe the scene her facecheek lingers over the white rose given by zorro, such scenario of puberty chasteness would be considered preposterously campy by today's standard. courting lines like "you're more radiant, more lovely than the mornings in june" could only exist in ancient fairy tales. why swashbuckler beauties always show great favors to roses from the heros? instead of diamonds or lease of real estate? ha. you would probably be mocked for love due to an un-costy rose in reality.

basil rathbone, again, is the immoral buzzard with warsome appetite for swordplay gore, ignoring the dillemma of the commoners. rathbone's lofty figure and hooked astrocratic nose are the adequate gears to emit crooked snobbery. perfect casting for villainy, even his talent is diverse enough to cross gendres.

tyrone power, errol flynn and basil rathebone were the mere three actors capable of the art for sword-swaying in old hollywood. it's always pleasant to see any two of these trio dueling each other in the highlight of masculine grace. "the mark of zorro" is another well-made swashbuckler flick with escapistic innocence.
Super Reviewer
½ January 14, 2008
Ty's pants could not be tighter, Linda is lovely as always and the sword fights are well staged
Super Reviewer
November 15, 2006
For a movie as old as this, the action is great. This is truly a classic movie.
Super Reviewer
August 19, 2007
Despite being one of the first Zorro movies and an old film, the Mark of Zorro still entertained me. Tyrone Power is very good as Diego, a coward by day and a disguised hero by night. The movie is exciting, funny and possibly even better than the 1997 film, the Mask of Zorro.
March 20, 2013
Tyrone Power is quite fun as the masked vigilante Zorro, taking over the role originated by Douglas Fairbanks 20 years earlier in this remake. The film is just as good as the silent original, if not a bit better, as it adds in more characterization and backstory to flesh out the story. Power is quite likable in the role, maybe not as acrobatic as Fairbanks, but quite good in the fight scenes nonetheless. Basil Rathbone is quite good as the villain as well. This is a classic swashbuckler, highly recommended for any fans of classic action and adventure.
½ February 10, 2013
Americans playing Spanish people...I can dig it. This is just a good old fashioned, Saturday matinee adventure film with a very charming Tyrone Power as our masked hero. Even by 1940's standards, the fights still hold true and the romance and action are not wasted.

Grade: B+
May 10, 2008
The best Zorro film is every bit as fun as a Zorro film should be. Tyrone Power is perfect in the title role, and faces off with the ultimate sword fighting villain Basil Rathbone. The score here is also very good as is the new one by James Horner, but the man behind this one is equally if not more acclaimed, Alfred Newman, recently unseated by John Williams for the most nominations at the Oscars. Of course, one of my favorite character actors portrays the robust Fray Felipe, Eugen Pallette.
May 29, 2007
this is the best version ever. the sword fight between Diego and the Capitan is amazing, it is the reason I started fencing in college
March 4, 2007
What more do you have to say other han that it's a Tyrone Power's picture? It could be horrible but he's so good who cares. God took him home early to give other men a chance. If you don't believe me watch The Razor's Edge or The Black Swan.
February 18, 2007
A seemingly whimpy noble man's son courts his love by day while she dreams of his nightime alter ego, the masked avenger sworn to protect his people from the evil governor.
All the adventure and romance you could ask for make this an enduring classic.
July 5, 2006
Irresistibly wonderful old-school swashbuckler. Tyrone Power is frickin' phenomenal, and Rathbone, as always, the perfect villainous foil.
March 21, 2006
Good, Good, I liked the Legend better, but I thought this was good, I bit more.. blood then needed, but good!
May 6, 2015
Rollicking action movie.

Not quite the original Zorro - there were a few Zorro movies before this - but probably the best.

Decent, simple plot. Writer and director don't try to make things too complicated. It's pretty much Robin Hood set in early-1800s California. Consistent with this, doesn't overstay its welcome.

Good action scenes. Some of the fencing contests are among the best you'll see in a movie.

Good performances. Tyrone Power gives a solid, suitably dashing, performance as Zorro, while also having to act the dandy for his unmasked other life.

Nothing more than an action-drama though - don't expect anything too profound.
March 19, 2013
A fun and humorous swashbuckling good time.
½ November 14, 2014
the best Zorro movie out there. This has survived the test of time.
October 18, 2014
very good film. Tyrone Powers played a great Zorro. this film is easy a classic.
½ September 9, 2014
A classic swashbuckling film and probably the best Zorro picture I've seen; Tyrone Power is at home in his role and, as films aren't made this way anymore, it's always a breath of fresh air to watch.
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