The Mark of Zorro (1940)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
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as Don Diego Vega / Zorro
as Lolita Quintero
as Captain Esteban Pasquale
as Inez Quintero
as Fra Felipe
as Don Luis Quintero
as Don Alejandro Vega
as Senora Isabella Vega
as Sgt. Gonzales
as Cafe Proprietor
as Don Miguel
as Don Jose
as Officer Of The Day
as Peon at Inn
as Commanding Officer
as Jose, a Peon
Critic Reviews for The Mark of Zorro
Tyrone Power is excellent as both fop and fox, and his swordfight with Basil Rathbone is just one of the many highlights in this exciting adventure yarn.
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.
Maybe the cutest Zorro to come along until The Gay Blade.
Powers can't match [Fairbanks'] astonishing acrobatics and doesn't try but the rousing climactic duel against Basil Rathbone's villainous Captain Esteban, one of the best swordfights ever filmed at that time, almost makes up for it.
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.
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.
the best zorro hands down. tyrone power, i'm sorry i doubted you!
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