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  • His father and the village priest( the gravely-voiced Eugene Pallette, a favorite character actor of mine) are disappointed in Diego, whom they thought would fight against Quintero's tyranny

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      Filmgoers today associate “Zorro” with Antonio Banderas but, as wonderful as Banderas is in the title role of the more updated version of this film, he can’t hold a candle to the original “Mark of Zorro” star Tyrone Power, who is just magnificent in this movie.

      Power was at the height of his beauty then, as he portrays Diego, the son of a wealthy,aristocratic California family. He has just come back from Spain, only to discover that a


      corrupt ruler- Don Luis Quentero- has taken over and has been persecuting the poor by overtaxing them and threatening or killing those who try to rebel. At first, Diego pretends to be a foppish air-head, only interested in the latest fashions, slight-of-hand tricks and other useless, snooty subjects. His father and the village priest( the gravely-voiced Eugene Pallette, a favorite character actor of mine) are disappointed in Diego, whom they thought would fight against Quintero’s tyranny.

      The truth, however, is that Diego, has been secretly donning a black outfit, complete with dashing cape and mask, and going about attacking the tormentors of the villagers. He calls himself “Zorro” and always leaves the mark of a giant “Z” to identify that he has been on the scene. He cleverly avoids getting caught at first and he becomes a hero to the downtrodden, without anybody ever guessing who he really is.

      Meanwhile, Quintero tries to arrange a ...


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      match-up between Diego and his niece Lolita, played by the exquisitely beautiful Linda Darnell, although Quintero’s vain wife Inez (Gale Sondergaard) has designs on him, as well, much to the scorn of the ruthless Captain Esteban Pasquale (Basil Rathbone), who appears to have been dabbling with Inez himself. At first Lolita is appalled by Diego’s lightweight persona, but, she is later delighted when she finds out that he is really Zorro.

      Eventually, Quintero and Pasquale find out

      the truth, as well, and Zorro has a fight-to-the-finish with Pasquale in an exciting sword fight, killing the monstrous villain. Zorro and the caballeros defeat the forces of Quintero, causing the corrupt ruler and his wife to flee.

      Naturally, you have the standard happy ending,with Diego and Lolita united in love.

      Swashbuckling, romantic, fun. What more could you want?

      “The Mark of Zorro” is an excellent film that all ages can watch and enjoy.




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