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The Mark Of Zorro (VHS) [1940]

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  • Actors: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette
  • Directors: Rouben Mamoulian
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00188VDDQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,142 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The classic Zorro movie starring Tyrone Power (Jesse James, The Sun Also Rises) as the dashing masked avenger who single-handedly saves Los Angeles from Spanish despots. With superb swordplay, dastardly villains like Basil Rathbone (The Adventures Of Robin Hood, The Hound Of The Baskervilles) & a beautiful woman (Linda Darnell, - Forever Amber) this is real gem.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice on 4 April 2010
Format: DVD
Classic swashbuckling adventure starring Tyrone power as the hero and Basil Rathone as the evil villain.
If you have read my top 25 swashbuckling films list on Amazon, this classic is number 2. The reason is because it has a good story and there is an excellent sword fight between Tyrone and Basil.
Basil starred as villains in other classic swashbucklers such as "Captain Blood" 1935 and "Robin Hood" 1938 and he was a proffessional fencer in real life.
I think the quality of the colour version is brilliant and I was surprised because when most movies are remastered in colour, the quality is usually awful.
Another must see swashbuckler which stars Tyrone Power is "The Black Swan" 1942 and it's ranked number 11 on my list.It also has excellent colour and George Sanders does a good performance as the villain.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Haak on 18 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'm along in years and a big fan of 1940s movies, so I'm always pleased when a good one becomes available. This fills the bill nicely. It is a pristine b&w print with excellent sound, and a dynamic forward momentum full of action. The plot is well known and the inevitable takes its course, so it's best watched tongue in cheek and with a little detachment to savour the gentle humour as a smitten Zorro (Tyrone Power), disguised as a friar and hidden under a cowl, counsels the radiant teenager he's set his cap for (Linda Darnell) not to enter a convent, but to stick around to produce sons and daughters so needed by the church. More humour emerges when the harassed villain of the piece (a Sancho Panza comic figure) unwittingly arranges to have his arch enemy Zorro as his son in law (!) and constantly confides his frame of mind and how his resistance to Zorro's threats is dwindling. The actors are able and its fun to see them develop the stereotypes required by the script (no Meryl Streep originality here!). Advice: since much is predictable don't look for suspense, but see what SURROUNDS the plot, including the excellent studio precision that keeps things brisk and stages a nice little riot at the end. The film was Oscar nominated in 1940 and will appeal to people along in years, like myself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Walsh on 17 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
This is the remake of the original silent film, and I haven't seen that one, but this is far better than the recent Banderas/Zeta-Jones versions. We showed this on a large screen to 15 7 year-olds for my son's birthday, and although some were faintly bemused that a film could be black and white, all agreed this one was better. The crucial swordfight is fantastic, and despite primitive special effects, everyone was riveted. Well worth a look.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josh on 25 Jan. 2012
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This is possibly the best version of the Zorro story. It skips along at a good pace, with plenty of humour, drama and action. Tyrone Power is a likeable and able hero, while Basil Rathbone is excellent as the eccentric evil villain, both are fantastic swordsmen and do an amazing duelling scene together. What rainy Sundays were created for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer McCartney on 18 July 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I give this film 5 stars as it is pure and enjoyable entertainment. Fabulous actors, wonderful story and setting, with witty dialogue, super action scenes and uplifting music too. It is suitable for all ages and in itself is ageless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By foxmeister on 22 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
This is a brilliant swashbuckling adventure starring Tyrone Power as the hero and Basil Rathone as the evil villain.
Real classic viewing primarily because of the story line and the excellent sword fighting sequence between Power and Rathbone.
Rathbone went through a phase of staring as villains in classic swashbucklers such as "Captain Blood" 1935 and "Robin Hood" 1938 and looked the part in them all as he was a great fencer in real life and this just adds to the believability of the films he was in, he was also in my opinion the definative Sherlock Holmes.
The quality of the colour version is brilliant as is the remastered B&W.
Great viewing if you like this genre.
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
This film falls firmly into the traditions of the great movies of Hollywoods golden age. Films such as “Beau Geste”, “Gunga Din”, “Lives of a Bengal Lancer” and “The Adventures of Robin Hood” were huge costume productions, alive with optimism and heroes that would have graced the pages of Homer. The Second World War unsurprisingly heralded an age of greater cynicism. The inclusion of Basil Rathbone and Eugene Pallette in the cast reminded me of “The Adventures of Robin Hood” where Rathbone played Guy of Gisborne and the husky voiced Pallette played Friar Tuck. “The Mark of Zorro” is very similar in tone. This time the impossibly handsome Tyrone Power is the hero who robs the corrupt rich to give to the poor.

Power plays the foppish Don Diego Vega who returns from Spain to early 19th Century California. Appalled by the treatment of the common people by the local governor he takes on the guise of the dashing Zorro, righting wrongs and slashing his distinctive graffiti all over the place. This puts him on a collision course with the authorities and the governors evil henchman played by Basil Rathbone. There is of course a pretty senorita involved who is impressed by the exploits of the daring Zorro, but less so by the effeminate Don Diego.

This is a hugely enjoyable romp through old California. Tyrone Power is perfectly cast as Don Diego aka Zorro, who is surely based on the similar Scarlet Pimpernel character! There is a particularly fine dance sequence where Power acquits himself extremely well! Basil Rathbone gets to demonstrate his fencing skills in a particularly good fight sequence. He also gets one of the best lines when he discovers a cache of stolen goods hidden by a member of the clergy, telling him “no wonder you joined the church”.
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