Mark Of Zorro

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Johnston MacCulley's 1913 adventure yarn The Curse of Capistrano was given its first filmization in Douglas Fairbanks' 1920 The Mark of Zorro. Fairbanks plays the outwardly foppish Don Diego de la Vega, the son of wealthy Spanish Californian rancher. In reality, Don Diego is the dashed masked-and-caped Zorro, who wages a one-man war to rescue his fellow citizens from the tyranny Captain Juan Ramon Robert McKim. The lovely Lolita Marguerite de la Motte despises the namby-pamby Don Diego, but loves the ...
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Johnston MacCulley's 1913 adventure yarn The Curse of Capistrano was given its first filmization in Douglas Fairbanks' 1920 The Mark of Zorro. Fairbanks plays the outwardly foppish Don Diego de la Vega, the son of wealthy Spanish Californian rancher. In reality, Don Diego is the dashed masked-and-caped Zorro, who wages a one-man war to rescue his fellow citizens from the tyranny Captain Juan Ramon Robert McKim. The lovely Lolita Marguerite de la Motte despises the namby-pamby Don Diego, but loves the devil-may-care Zorro, never dreaming until the end, of course that the two men are one. In turn, Lolita is loved by Captain Ramon, who is as ruthless in his domestic dealings as he is in his political weight-throwing. Noah Beery Sr. plays Sgt. Garcia, a buffoonish minion of Ramon's who eventually casts his lot with Zorro--after being bested time and again by the hero's swordplay. Best scene: Zorro insouciantly challenging Ramon's soldiers to capture him while he wines and dines at a local cantina. At the time he made Mark of Zorro, Fairbanks was best known for his peppy contemporary comedies. He hoped that Zorro would be an interesting temporary change of pace for him, never dreaming that the film's popularity would lock him into the swashbuckling mode for the rest of the silent career. In 1925, Fairbanks starred in a sequel, Don Q, Son of Zorro; the original film has, of course, been remade many times since 1920.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Mark of Zorro is a tour de force for writer-producer-star Douglas Fairbanks and was a primary factor in establishing United Artists as a major Hollywood studio. Showcasing Fairbanks' trademark comic charm as well as his solid sense of physical performance, the dual-personality role was a runaway hit with 1920s audiences. As the writer, Fairbanks supplied himself with plenty of opportunities to cavort around lavish sets; as the producer, he made sure that the sets were appropriately grand. Director Fred Niblo was best known for not interfering with a film's producer or star. The film's creative decisions belonged to Fairbanks, who, as co-owner of the studio, shared appreciatively in the results.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2012
  • UPC: 089218683090
  • Original Release: 1920
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Sound: silent
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,196

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Douglas Fairbanks Don Diego Vega/Zorro
Noah Beery Sr. Sgt. Pedro Gonzalez
Charles Belcher
Milton Berle
Gilbert Clayton
Sidney de Grey Don Alejandro
Snitz Edwards
Albert MacQuarrie
Noah Beery Jr.
Marguerite de la Motte Lolita
Tote Du Crow Bernardo
Charles Hill Mailes Don Carlos Pulido
Claire McDowell Dona Catalina, his wife
Robert McKim Capt. Juan Ramon
George Periolat Gov. Alvarado
Charles Stevens Peon
Walt Whitman's Soul Children of Chicago Father Felipe
Technical Credits
Fred Niblo Director
Douglas Fairbanks Producer, Screenwriter
Edward M. Langley Art Director
William McGann Cinematographer
Harry Thorpe Cinematographer
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