The Mark of Zorro


Action / Adventure / Romance / Western

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 8103


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Tyrone Power as Diego
Basil Rathbone as Captain Esteban Pasquale
Linda Darnell as Lolita Quintero
Robert Lowery as Rodrigo
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1hr 34 min
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Reviewed by JLRVancouver 8 / 10

A fun way to get your swash buckled

Great adventure film featuring one of the first of the classic costumed heroes. Most people are familiar with the basics: dashing Don Diego Vega returns to his native California (at the time a Spanish territory), which he finds under the thumb of a corrupt and inept military governor. He adopts the nom de querre "Zorro" (Spanish for Fox), a masked thief dressed all in black, but hides this identity by presenting himself as an effeminate and ineffectual dandy (borrowing from 1905's 'The Scarlet Pimpernel', the archetype of the 'superhero'/secrete identity trope). Although not as exuberant nor as acrobatic as Douglas Fairbanks (The Mark of Zorro, 1920), Tyrone Power is very good as both Zorro and his foppish alter ego. The great Basil Rathbone is Zorro's nemesis, the villainous Captain Esteban Pasquale and their final showdown is good although not in the same league as Rathbone's duel with Earl Flynn in the previous year's "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (an MGM film to which Fox's "The Mark of Zorro" was thought to be a response). The Oscar winning score sets a great mood, as does the black and white cinematography (although the women's gowns and the soldiers' uniforms would have looked great in Technicolour). Good fun from Hollywood's golden age starring one of the great all time 'action heroes'.

Reviewed by disinterested_spectator 10 / 10

Less Zorro, More Diego

My first introduction to the character Zorro was in an old serial they showed on television in the early 1950s when I just a kid, to wit, "Zorro's Fighting Legion" (1939). Needless to say, I was fascinated by the parts where Zorro was all decked out in his black outfit, complete with cape, sword, and whip. The television station followed up by presenting an earlier serial, "Zorro Rides Again" (1937), and though I didn't care for his mask, I still paid more attention to the parts where he was in costume and not so much to the parts where he is in ordinary dress pretending to be weak and lazy. And I was thrilled when Disney studios produced a television series entitled simply "Zorro" in 1957. As before, it was the parts where I got to see Zorro gallivanting about that I was interested in, not so much the part where he is Don Diego de la Vega.

Whether I preferred the parts where Zorro is doing stuff was because I was a child or whether it was because these two serials and the television series were juvenile in nature, I cannot say. But it was quite a surprise for me when, as a college student, I saw "The Mark of Zorro" for the first time. Of course, it had the star quality of such actors as Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone, as well as the production values of a major studio, all of which were bound to make it much better than what I had seen previously. But what really struck me was the fact that the parts of the movie featuring Zorro constituted a relatively small amount of screen time, which was greatly exceeded by the amount of time devoted to Don Diego. The emphasis on Don Diego in this movie even went so far as to have him fight the climactic duel as Diego and not as Zorro. In this, the movie followed the 1920 version with Douglas Fairbanks. But most movies do not do this, choosing instead to have the climactic duel fought by Zorro. For example, the made-for-television version starring Frank Langella has the actor in full Zorro regalia in the final showdown.

The amount of screen time given to Zorro versus Diego determines the kind of movie it is. A costumed character is exciting to watch, but he is all action and external appearance. He must be in constant motion, running, riding, fighting, and so forth. If he stands still for too long, he begins to look silly, especially if he is wearing a cape. It is with his secret identity, Diego in the case of Zorro movies, that we get to know the man, to learn what he thinks and feels. Moreover, we get to watch him acting a part in order to keep people from suspecting that he is the one who wears the mask. In this case, the part is that of a fop. It is a pretense also used in "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1934), starring Leslie Howard as the title character and as Sir Percy Blakeney, but Howard's performance in that role was over the top and irritating. Diego's foppery as performed by Tyrone Power, on the other hand, is so good that we find ourselves impatiently waiting for the Zorro scenes to end so that we can have more Diego.

Reviewed by gavin6942 7 / 10

Zorro in All His Glory

A young aristocrat must masquerade as a fop in order to maintain his secret identity of Zorro as he restores justice to early California.

I did not really know much about Zorro. I was not aware his secret identity had his as sort of a buffoon and ladies man. But I like that about him. And I like that, just like Superman or other heroes, it creates the scenario where someone can be attracted to one personality and not the other... or sometimes both, without even knowing! Some people have compared this to the "Adventures of Robin Hood". Is that fair? I do not know. But the consensus is that this is the better of the two. With that, I would have to agree. It is a fun story with all sorts of political intrigue that Robin Hood just cannot match.

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