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Zorro's Fighting Legion

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In 1824, Benito Juarez (Carlton Young), the president of the new Mexican Republic, worries that vitally important gold shipments from the San Mendolito Mines shall never reach Mexico City. The president's understandable fears are quelled, however, by local nobleman Don Francisco (Guy D'Ennery), who is organizing a "fighting legion" to protect the shipments and thus the safety of the six months old republic. Secretly opposing Juarez' endeavors are a group of influential capitalists, one of whom masquerades as Don ...
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Overview

In 1824, Benito Juarez (Carlton Young), the president of the new Mexican Republic, worries that vitally important gold shipments from the San Mendolito Mines shall never reach Mexico City. The president's understandable fears are quelled, however, by local nobleman Don Francisco (Guy D'Ennery), who is organizing a "fighting legion" to protect the shipments and thus the safety of the six months old republic. Secretly opposing Juarez' endeavors are a group of influential capitalists, one of whom masquerades as Don del Oro, an ancient god of the local Yaqui Indian tribe. But when Don Francisco is killed by persons unknown, a visiting relative from California, handsome and affable Don Diego (Reed Hadley), assumes the disguise of Zorro to lead the legion in search of the identity behind the homicidal Don del Oro. To keep his own identity a secret, Don Diego acts the foppish dude, much to the dismay of his pretty cousin Volita (Sheila Darcy), who denounces him as a coward that could learn a thing or two from Zorro. Meanwhile, the Yaquis, acting on a command from Don del Oro, do indeed attack the gold shipment but are foiled by Zorro and the Legion. Just then an explosion set off by white henchmen Moreno (James Pierce) and Valdez (Charles King) causes an avalanche right in Zorro's path, making his sad demise almost a certainty.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
With a rousing chorus of house composer William Lava's "We Ride!" opening each of the 12 chapters, Zorro's Fighting Legion remains one of Republic Pictures' finest chapterplays and thus one of the best action serials ever made. Reed Hadley, whose mellifluous voice was usually used for playing smooth villains, is perfectly cast here as the serial's dual hero, the foppish Don Diego and his masked alter-ego. Filmed entirely at the legendary Iverson ranch in Chatsworth, CA, and on standing sets at the studio in the San Fernando Valley, Zorro's Fighting Legion actually incorporates a historical setting -- Mexico shortly after the 1810 revolution -- with none other than Benito Juarez making an appearance in the person of Carleton Young (who rather obviously patterned his characterization after Paul Muni in the then-current Juarez). Unlike a great majority of the era's chapterplays, the cliffhanger endings are constantly intriguing, and although a sophisticated modern audience will probably never question whether Hadley or leading lady Sheila Darcy manage to extricate themselves from what seems like certain death, the solutions are always ingeniously thought out by no less than five veteran writers. A highlight of the entire serial is Yakima Canutt, as Hadley's double, performing his legendary runaway stagecoach stunt in chapter seven, a stunt carefully reconstructed forty years later by director Steven Spielberg for his homage to Republic serials, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Only this time, something went wrong and Canutt was seriously hurt. The mishap is left in the releases print and Canutt can be seen taking a highly unanticipated stumble while working his way from the horses back to the coach. Happily, Canutt survived once again and Zorro's Fighting Legion benefited from his groundbreaking work. The end result is a highly entertaining action adventure made even more memorable by Lava's irresistible theme song, the lyrics of which went something like this: "We ride/ With the wind over hill, over dale/ With a spirit that cannot fail/ Men of Zorro are we/ We ride!"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • UPC: 785604208129
  • Original Release: 1939
  • Rating:

  • Source: Roan Archival Group
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Language: English
  • Time: 4:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 61,602

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Reed Hadley Zorro
Carleton Young Juarez
Sheila D'Arcy Volita
Guy D'Ennery Francisco
William Corson Ramon
Leander de Cordova Felipe
Edmund Cobb Gonzalez
John Merton Manuel
C. Montague Shaw Pablo
Budd Buster Juan
Joe Molina Tarmac
James Pierce Moreno
Curley Dresden Tomas
Al Taylor Rico
Charles King Valdez
Technical Credits
John English Director
William Witney Director
Franklin Adreon Screenwriter
Morgan Cox Screenwriter
Ronald Davidson Screenwriter
Reggie Lanning Cinematographer
William Lava Score Composer
Bernard Loftus Editor
Barney A. Sarecky Screenwriter
Sol Shore Screenwriter
William P. Thompson Editor
Edward Todd Editor
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Episode Select
      The Golden God
      The Flaming "Z"
      Descending Doom
      The Bridge of Peril
      The Decoy
      Zorro to the Rescue
      The Fugitive
      Flowing Death
      The Golden Arrow
      Mystery Wagon
      Face to Face
      Unmasked
   Bonus Materials
      Episode 1 of Radar Men From the Moon - A 12-Part Serial Available on DVD From the Roan Group
      Radiation March
   Film Background
   Credits
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