The Mark of Zorro

1940

The Mark of Zorro

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This is perhaps the best of the many Zorro films as Tyrone Power gives an outstanding performance as the alternately swishing and swashbuckling son of a 19th century California aristocrat. As a champion of the oppressed, Zorro must face a wicked governor portrayed by J. Edward Bromberg, who, of course, has a beautiful niece whom our hero loves. Basil Rathbone is a delightfully evil assistant to the governor. Based on Johnston McCulley's novel The Curse of Capistrano, The Mark of Zorro was a remake of the 1920 silent film and by far superior to all the Zorro incarnations. Interspersed with humor and one-liners but still keeping up with the highest of swashbuckling traditions, it is an action-packed story of one man standing against a corrupt, oppressive government on behalf of those less able to bear their burdens.

Cast

Tyrone Power
as Don Diego Vega / Zorro
Linda Darnell
as Lolita Quintero
Basil Rathbone
as Captain Esteban Pasquale
Gale Sondergaard
as Inez Quintero
Eugene Pallette
as Fra Felipe
J. Edward Bromberg
as Don Luis Quintero
Montagu Love
as Don Alejandro Vega
Janet Beecher
as Senora Isabella Vega
George Regas
as Sgt. Gonzales
Frank Puglia
as Cafe Proprietor
Pedro de Cordoba
as Don Miguel
Guy D'Ennery
as Don Jose
Eugene Borden
as Officer Of The Day
Harry Worth
as Caballero
Gino Corrado
as Caballero
Lucio Vellegas
as Caballero
Paul Sutton
as Soldier
Ralph Byrd
as Student/Officer
Hector V. Sarno
as Peon at Inn
Stanley Andrews
as Commanding Officer
Raphael Corio
as Manservant
Charles Stevens
as Jose, a Peon
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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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