Mark of Zorro

The Mark of Zorro

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Director: Rouben Mamoulian

Cast: Rouben Mamoulian, Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone

     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Mark of Zorro is just about as much fun as a picture can be. A true swashbuckling adventure, Zorro is one of the finest costume adventure stories ever filmed, one that's laced with a healthy dollop of romance and more than a smidgen of comedy. It's all wildly improbable, of course, one of the ancestors of the superhero comic strip/film, and anyone who is bothered by a woman's inability to recognize her lover in a simple disguise should just look elsewhere. But anyone who is willing to dispense with logic and just accept things at face value will have a great time with Zorro. (One caveat: the portrayal of the peasants is decidedly stereotypical and will definitely offend some.) Director Rouben Mamoulian has a fine old time with this film, jettisoning his more experimental tendencies and concentrating simply on presenting a story that is all about excitement and delivering the goods in spades. He's helped enormously by the stellar performance of Tyrone Power, who was clearly born to play the role. He gets it all right -- the charisma, the courage, the foppishness, the desire -- it's all there in all the right proportions. Power picks Zorro up and carries it on his manly shoulders without breaking a sweat. He even manages -- just barely -- to keep Basil Rathbone from stealing the film away from him, which is no mean feat. Rathbone is in absolutely superlative form, all elegance and ice, the kind of villain that audiences truly love to hate. There's also some nice moments from the wicked Gale Sondergaard, and Linda Darnell makes Lolita a prize worth fighting for. Zorro leaves its mark, indeed; it's a delightfully good film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
UPC:
0024543205111
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new colorized feature; Restored black-and-white feature; Commentary by film critic Richard Schickel; "Tyrone Power: The Last Idol" as seen on Biography on the A&E Network

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Zorro,Don Diego Vega
Linda Darnell Lolita Quintero
Basil Rathbone Captain Estaban Pasquale
Gale Sondergaard Inez Quintero
Eugene Pallette Fray Felipe
J. Edward Bromberg Don Luis Quintero
Montagu Love Don Alejandro Vega
Janet Beecher Senora Isabella Vega
Robert Lowery Rodrigo
Chris-Pin Martin Turnkey
George Regas Sgt. Garcia
Belle Mitchell Maria
John Bleifer Pedro
Frank Puglia Cafe Proprietor
Eugene Borden Officer Of The Day
Pedro de Cordoba Don Miguel
Guy D'Ennery Don Jose
Stanley Andrews Commanding Officer
Ralph Byrd Student
Gino Corrado Actor
Franco Corsaro Orderly
Jean del Val Sentry
William Edmunds Peon
Fred Malatesta Actor
Ted North Bit
Hector V. Sarno Peon at Inn
Charles Stevens Jose, a Peon
Paul Sutton Soldier
Harry Worth Actor
Frank Yaconelli Servant
Rafael Corio Manservant
Fortunio Bonanova Sentry
Victor Kilian Boatman

Technical Credits
Rouben Mamoulian Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Bischoff Editor
Richard Day Art Director
John Taintor Foote Screenwriter
Garrett Elsden Fort Screenwriter
Raymond Griffith Producer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Bess Meredyth Screenwriter
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph C. Wright Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- The Mark of Zorro (Colorized Version)
1. Main Titles [:57]
2. The California Cockerel [4:04]
3. Trouble at Home [3:48]
4. The New Government [5:00]
5. The Puppy Comes Home [2:39]
6. Zorro [4:42]
7. A Little Talk [5:02]
8. Lolita's Prayer [2:14]
9. After the Fox [2:54]
10. Zorro Strikes Again [5:26]
11. The Real Diego [2:33]
12. The Mark of a Madman [2:55]
13. A Marriage Offer [:27]
14. Dinner with the Quinteros [4:48]
15. A Dance With Diego [5:44]
16. Secret Love [1:59]
17. Gonzales' Mistake [2:39]
18. Under Arrest [1:37]
19. Talk of Throat Cutting [3:03]
20. A Champion [6:11]
21. Señor Zorro [1:10]
22. Diego's Greatest Trick [2:46]
23. Quintero's Goodbye [1:20]
24. End Titles [3:40]
Disc #1, Side B -- The Mark of Zorro (Black & White Version)
1. Main Titles [:57]
2. The California Cockerel [4:04]
3. Trouble at Home [3:48]
4. The New Government [5:00]
5. The Puppy Comes Home [2:39]
6. Zorro [4:42]
7. A Little Talk [5:02]
8. Lolita's Prayer [2:14]
9. After the Fox [2:54]
10. Zorro Strikes Again [5:26]
11. The Real Diego [2:33]
12. The Mark of a Madman [2:55]
13. A Marriage Offer [:27]
14. Dinner with the Quinteros [4:48]
15. A Dance With Diego [5:44]
16. Secret Love [1:59]
17. Gonzales' Mistake [2:39]
18. Under Arrest [1:37]
19. Talk of Throat Cutting [3:03]
20. A Champion [6:11]
21. Señor Zorro [1:10]
22. Diego's Greatest Trick [2:46]
23. Quintero's Goodbye [1:20]
24. End Titles [3:40]

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The Mark of Zorro 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
sumteacher More than 1 year ago
The Mark of Zorro is a fun movie. Our family loves this movie even though my husband and son don't like black and white movies too much. This is a great role for Tyrone Power. It's funny and has some action/adventure.
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