The Mark of Zorro

1940, Adventure, 1h 33m

11 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Tired of Governor Quintero's (J. Edward Bromberg) exploitation of poor Californians, Don Diego (Tyrone Power) decides to fight back and assumes the identity of Zorro. A masked hero with a sword, Zorro fights on behalf of the people against the corrupt Quintero and his wicked assistant, Captain Pasquale (Basil Rathbone). At the same time, Diego falls for Lolita (Linda Darnell), the governor's niece, and he pursues her while constantly battling to oust Quintero from power.

Cast & Crew

Tyrone Power
Don Diego Vega, Zorro
Linda Darnell
Lolita Quintero
Basil Rathbone
Captain Esteban Pasquale
Gale Sondergaard
Inez Quintero
J. Edward Bromberg
Don Luis Quintero
Montagu Love
Don Alejandro Vega
Janet Beecher
Senora Isabella Vega
George Regas
Sergeant Gonzales
Belle Mitchell
Maria de Lopez
Eugene Borden
Officer of the Day
Fred Malatesta
Sentry (uncredited)
Fortunio Bonanova
Sentry (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck
Executive Producer
Alfred Newman
Original Music
David Buttolph
Original Music
Arthur Miller
Cinematographer
Richard Day
Art Direction
Joseph C. Wright
Art Direction
Thomas Little
Set Decoration
Travis Banton
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Critic Reviews for The Mark of Zorro

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Audience Reviews for The Mark of Zorro

  • Aug 12, 2015
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2010
    the best zorro hands down. tyrone power, i'm sorry i doubted you!
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 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.
    Veronique K Super Reviewer

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