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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best zorro movie
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...
Published on 4 April 2010 by Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
Both of us were looking forward to this - especialy my girlfried who loves 'swashbucklers', but somehow it failed to fully engage either of us
It felt cliched and predictable. Well, I guess most films of this type have obvious storylines, so that may be an unfair comment. Maybe I was unfairly comparing it to the Diouglas Fairbanks version..
So for us, a miss I'm...
Published on 17 Jun. 2011 by Mr. C. R. Milner


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best zorro movie, 4 April 2010
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Mrs. Marilyn A. Rice "RR" (sussex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Mark Of Zorro [DVD] (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
4.0 out of 5 stars Team this with a few Charlie Chan movies and have a pleasant evening., 18 Mar. 2012
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Ronald Haak (Cork, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore., 17 Jan. 2010
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Two of the best swashbucklers do justice to the legend, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars This wonderful movie., 18 July 2013
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mark of Zorro, 22 Nov. 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars No Wonder he Joined the Church!, 15 Jan. 2015
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Mark of Zorro [DVD] [1940] (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”. I would agree with the other reviewers who believe this film is better than the 1998 version, despite boasting the intoxicating charms of Catherine Zeta-Jones. I have no idea how it stacks up against the 1920 version with Douglas Fairbanks, which I have never had the opportunity to see. If you love those brash old Hollywood movies you will love this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fox Fights Back!, 5 Dec. 2014
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Arch Stanton (Cornwall, England.) - See all my reviews
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Don Diego Vega has spent many years in Spain learning the arts of sword play and horse riding. On his return to his home in California he discovers that his father has been deposed as The Governor of his home region, and instead the spineless toad, Don Luis Quintero, sits in his place. Quintero himself used as a puppet and controlled by his cruel and brutal military Captain.
As soon as he realises what's going on, Don Diego, hides his true heroic and courageous nature from even his parents, instead pretending that he has learned the ways of, and become a foppish socialite since leaving for school in Spain.
A move which although outrages his father, allows him access to the home of the greedy Quintero, allowing Don Diego time to hatch a plot to put his father back into his rightful position of state. With a little help from Don Diego's alter ego, the masked avenger of justice: Zorro, of course...

This is such a great film it really is. It's got just about everything you'd want. Adventure, excitement, Zorro craves all these things! With some romance, stunts and sword fights thrown in for good measure of course.
Basil Rathbone plays the humourless villain, Captain Pasquale, who forces the Governor's hand (an act that doesn't take much doing in all fairness.) by threat of his expert swordsmanship! And of course in the end it's up to Zorro to free the people of tyranny, get the girl, and do for the baddies.
Tyrone Power plays the dashing Don Vega and he really looks the part, especially hilarious when he's camping it up in his tight trousers as Don Vega.. With the true highlight coming just before the end, involving the duel between Rathbone and Power. A fencing display that has arguably never been bested in cinema history! It's so frenzied and vicious it's simply mesmerising! With Rathbone (who was a superb fencer in real life!) and Power (who was also quite skilled ~ but semi~doubled by a stuntman in this) going at it hammer and tongues!
My only gripes being that I would have liked the final battle between Rathbone and Power to have featured longer in the film, later in the film, and with Power wearing the Zorro costume! Silly I know, but what can I say!

The US dvd has both the colourised (that's the version I watched, I'd only ever seen the black and white version before I think) and Black & White versions. Which they've done a very decent job on, considering the film's 75yrs old! The colourisation looks pretty good. There's also commentaries on both prints and a documentary on Tyrone Power.
Top movie. Probably the best Zorro movie, certainly the best I've seen.

5/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars ..... Z ....., 6 Oct. 2014
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It’s 1820 and Tyrone Power (Diego) is summoned back from his military training in Spain. His father Montagu Love (Alejandro) has sent for him and so he arrives back in Los Angeles, which is basically a town of Mexicans. Overseeing the territory is J Edward Bromberg (Quintero) who keeps the tax money for himself and shares it with his bodyguard Basil Rathbone (Captain Pasquale). These guys are bad, especially Rathbone, and his wife Gale Sondergaard (Inez) is super scheming. What can Tyrone do to help the people……? Well, Zorro shows up……..

This is good entertainment and Power is very good in the lead role. As Diego, he is wonderfully camp as he complains of his bath water being tepid amongst other things. There is no way this guy can fight. Well, Rathbone learns different in a memorable fencing sequence towards the end of the film. Power also has a couple of good scenes with Linda Darnell (Lolita), eg, in the chapel when she comes across Zorro disguised as a priest but doesn’t realize who he is. There is an amusing bit where she repeatedly bends down to try and look at his face but he is wise to this and bends down with her. The cast is rounded off with Eugene Palette as the likeable Padre and George Regas as the nasty Gonzales.

As coincidence would have it, I came across the Antonio Banderas version of Zorro in the evening on TV after I had watched this version in the afternoon. As far as I can see, no comparison. The 1940 version wins. Watch out for a crazy stunt as Zorro and horse jump off a bridge into a river – woah!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Mark of Zorro (1940) ... Tyrone Power ... 20th Century Fox (2005)", 29 July 2007
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J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews
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20th Century Fox present "THE MARK OF ZORRO" (Special Edition) (Released: November 8, 1940) (93 mins) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- now in COLOR and Glorious Black and White --- "The Mark of Zorro" is a 1940 feature motion picture directed by Rouben Mamoulian and produced by 20th Century Fox --- It starred Tyrone Power as Don Diego de la Vega (Zorro), Linda Darnell as his love interest, (Lolita Quintero), Montagu Love as (Don Alejandro Vega), Gale Sondergaard as the naughty (Inez Quintero), Eugene Pallette as (Fra. Felipe), with Basil Rathbone, one of the most durable of screen villains who has mastered stage fencing but never won a sword fight, plays the cruel (Captain Esteban Pasquale), the Alcalde's military adviser and J. Edward Bromberg was the corrupt governor (Don Luis Quintero ) --- The film was directed by Rouben Mamoulian and produced by Raymond Griffith and Darryl F. Zanuck.

Based on the Johnston McCulley story "The Curse of Capistrano", originally published in 1919, which introduced the masked hero Zorro, the movie's story is set in Southern California during the early 19th century --- It deals with the foppish son of a wealthy ranchero who returns to California after a sojourn at school in Spain, only to be horrified at the way the common people are being mistreated by Governor Quintero --- Don Diego adopts the guise of Zorro ("the Fox"), a Robin Hood like outlaw who becomes a defender of the people --- In the meanwhile, he romances the governor's beautiful niece, Lolita, and fends off the governor's ablest henchman, the malevolent Captain Pasquale --- The high point of the picture is the fantastic duel between Power and Rathbone, a masterpiece of screen Swordplay --- Tyrone Power had joined Errol Flynn as the reigning 'kings' of swashbucklers, a title both would find amusing, if limiting, but which would be how both actors are best remembered, today! (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Under Rouben Mamoulian (Director), Raymond Griffith (Producer), Darryl F. Zanuck (Producer), John Taintor Foote (Screenwriter), Garrett Elsden Fort (Screenwriter), Johnston McCulley (Short Story Author), Bess Meredyth (Screenwriter),Arthur C. Miller (Cinematographer), Alfred Newman (Musical Direction/Supervision / Composer (Music Score), Robert Bischoff (Editor), Richard Day (Art Director), Joseph C. Wright (Art Director), Thomas K. Little (Set Designer), Travis Banton (Costume Designer) - - - - This film is essentially a remake of the 1920 United Artists silent version, "The Mark of Zorro", which starred Douglas Fairbanks --- This 1940 version under Alfred Newman's Oscar-Nominated score and despite the unusual absence of Technicolor, the film (the first of the great Tyrone Power swashbucklers ) is great fun, full of vitality and suspense, an exciting, deliciously ironic swashbuckler

the cast includes:
Tyrone Power ... Don Diego Vega/Zorro
Linda Darnell ... Lolita Quintero
Basil Rathbone ... Captain Esteban Pasquale
Gale Sondergaard ... Inez Quintero
Eugene Pallette ... Fray Felipe
J. Edward Bromberg ... Don Luis Quintero
Montagu Love ... Don Alejandro Vega
Janet Beecher ... Señora Isabella Vega
George Regas ... Sergeant Gonzales
Chris-Pin Martin ... The Turnkey
Robert Lowery ... Rodrigo
Belle Mitchell ... Maria de Lopez
John Bleifer ... Pedro
Frank Puglia ... Propietor
Eugene Borden ... Officer of the Day
Pedro de Cordoba ... Don Miguel
Guy D'Ennery ... Don José
Stanley Andrews ... Commanding Officer
Ralph Byrd ... Student/Officer
Charles Stevens ... Jose, a Peón

BIOS:
1. Tyrone Power
Date of Birth: 5 May 1914 - Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Death: 15 November 1958 - Madrid, Spain.

2. Linda Darnell
Date of Birth: 16 October 1923 - Dallas, Texas
Date of Death: 10 April 1965 - Glenview, Illinois

3. Basil Rathbone
Date of Birth: 13 June 1892- Johannesburg, South Africa
Date of Death: 21 July 1967 - New York, New York

4. Gale Sondergaard
Date of Birth15 February 1899 - Litchfield, Minnesota
Date of Death: 14 August 1985 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

5. Eugene Pallette
Date of Birth: 8 July 1889- Winfield, Kansas
Date of Death: 3 September 1954 - Los Angeles, California

6. J. Edward Bromberg
Date of Birth: 25 December 1903 - Temesvár, Austria-Hungary. [now Timisoara, Romania]
Date of Death: 6 December 1951 - London, England, UK

7. Rouben Mamoulian (Director)
Date of Birth: 8 October 1897 - Tiflis, Georgia, Russian Empire. [now Tbilisi, Georgia]
Date of Death: 4 December 1987 - Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California

SPECIAL FEATURES:
1. All new Colorized feature
2. Restored Black & White feature
3. Commentary by Film Critic Richard Schickel
4. Tyrone Power: :The Last Idol" as seen on Biography on A&E Network
5. Special Edition - Collectible Movie Photos from the film "The Mark of Zorro".

Hats off and thanks to Barry B. Sandrew Ph.D. (Founder, COO, CTO & Board Member) and his Legend Films Staff --- looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage era of the '20s, '30s & '40s --- order your copy now from Amazon where there are plenty of copies available on DVD --- if you enjoyed this title, why not check out Legend Films where they are experts in releasing long forgotten films and treasures to the collector --- all my heroes have been cowboys!

Total Time: 93 mins on DVD ~ 20th Century Fox ~ (10/18/2005)
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