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The Mark of Zorro Overview:

The Mark of Zorro (1940) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and produced by Raymond Griffith and Darryl F. Zanuck.

The film was based on the novel of the same name and also Serial "The Curse of Capistrano", All-Story Weekly written by Johnston McCulley published in 1924 (novel); Aug 9 - Sep 6, 1919 (magazine).

The Mark of Zorro was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2009.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

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Best Music - ScoringAlfred NewmanNominated
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The Mark of Zorro (1940)

on Mar 20, 2017 From Journeys in Classic Film

Zorro is one of those characters I’m aware of, but have never actively watched any of the myriad films or television shows featuring him and his feared “Z” mark. Best known to fans in his 1957 Disney television series, Zorro is a Latin Robin Hood with a healthy dose of what would s... Read full article


The Mark of Zorro (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 4, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Madrid–when the Spanish Empire encompassed the globe and young blades were taught the fine and fashionable art of killing… The mythology of Zorro most certainly starts with the swashbuckling silents of Douglas Fairbanks, but the characters legacy would be carried forward into the 1940s. ... Read full article


The Mark of Zorro (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 4, 2016 From 4 Star Films

Madrid–when the Spanish Empire encompassed the globe and young blades were taught the fine and fashionable art of killing… The mythology of Zorro most certainly starts with the swashbuckling silents of Douglas Fairbanks, but the character’s legacy would be carried forward into the ... Read full article


Silent Movie Trivia Card #6: The Mark of Zorro (1920)

By Fritzi Kramer on Oct 4, 2014 From Movies Silently

By Fritzi Kramer on October 4, 2014 in Blog, Silent Movie Trivia click to see in lightbox. This Silent Movie Trivia Card is about the movie that changed Douglas Fairbanks’ career. He had been charming audiences with his modern adventure comedies but this was the first time he had stepped out i... Read full article


The Mark of Zorro, Hits the Mark with Douglas Fairbanks Dashing To and Fro

By C. S. Williams on Jul 30, 2014 From Classic Film Aficionados

The Mark of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks and directed by Fred Niblo in 1920, is a triumphant piece of film-making and a seminal turning point in moving making history. The film was based on the 1919 story, The Curse of Capistrano, by Johnston McCulley. The relation of Zorro to The Scarlet Pimpe... Read full article


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Quotes from

Don Diego Vega: [as Esteban repeatedly stabs a piece of fruit with a knife at the dinner table] Captain, you seem to regard that fruit as an enemy.
Captain Esteban Pasquale: A rival!


Fray Felipe: To think that the boy that I helped to raise, the boy that I taught to hold a firm wrist behind a true point, has turned into a puppy! Bah!
Don Diego Vega: Well,! Tsk, tsk, tsk! How vexatious!


Don Luis B. Quintero: [introducing Inez] My wife, senor.
Don Diego Vega: Your Excellency is a very fortunate man.
Don Luis B. Quintero: I'm not so sure. She thinks pesos grow on mulberry trees.


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Facts about

The original working title for this film was "The Californian".
Basil Rathbone, being a well known fencer in his own right, was asked how well Tyrone Power did in their scenes in which stunt doubles were not used. Rathbone responded, " Tyrone Power could fence Errol Flynn into a box!"
In DC comic lore, this version of Zorro with Tyrone Power is the movie that a young Bruce Wayne goes to see the night his parents are mugged and shot by Joe Chill. After coming out of the movie and walking through an alley with Bruce is when they are mugged, and what leads to Batman's creation. This fact is mentioned in the 1986 Frank Miller comic The Dark Knight Returns.
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The Mark of Zorro

Released 1940
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