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Johnston MacCulley's 1913 adventure yarn was given its first filmization in Douglas Fairbanks' 1920 The Mark of Zorro. Fairbanks plays the outwardly foppish Don Diego de la Vega, the son of wealthy Spanish Californian rancher. In reality, Don Diego is the dashed masked-and-caped Zorro, who wages a one-man war to rescue his fellow citizens from the tyranny Captain Juan Ramon (Robert McKim). The lovely Lolita (Marguerite de la Motte) despises the namby-pamby Don Diego, but loves the devil-may-care Zorro, never dreaming (until the end, of course) that the two men are one. In turn, Lolita is loved by Captain Ramon, who is as ruthless in his domestic dealings as he is in his political weight-throwing. Noah Beery Sr. plays Sgt. Garcia, a buffoonish minion of Ramon's who eventually casts his lot with Zorro--after being bested time and again by the hero's swordplay. Best scene: Zorro insouciantly challenging Ramon's soldiers to capture him while he wines and dines at a local cantina. At the time he made Mark of Zorro, Fairbanks was best known for his peppy contemporary comedies. He hoped that Zorro would be an interesting temporary change of pace for him, never dreaming that the film's popularity would lock him into the swashbuckling mode for the rest of the silent career. In 1925, Fairbanks starred in a sequel, Robert McKim the original film has, of course, been remade many times since 1920. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Douglas Fairbanks
as Don Diego Vega/Zorro
Noah Beery, Sr.
as Sgt. Pedro Gonzalez
Charles Belcher
Milton Berle
Gilbert Clayton
Snitz Edwards
Noah Beery, Jr.
Marguerite de la Motte
as Lolita
Charles Hill Mailes
as Don Carlos Pulido
Claire McDowell
as Dona Catalina, his wife
Robert McKim
as Capt. Juan Ramon
George Periolat
as Gov. Alvarado
Charles Stevens
as Peon
Walt Whitman
as Father Felipe
Charles Hill Mailes
as Don Carlos Pulido
Marguerite de la Motte
as Lolita
Robert McKim
as Capt. Juan Ramon
Noah Beery, Sr.
as Sgt. Pedro Gonzalez
Claire McDowell
as Dona Catalina, his wife
George Periolat
as Gov. Alvarado
Charles Stevens
as Peon

Crew

Fred Niblo
Director
Douglas Fairbanks
Producer
Douglas Fairbanks
Screenwriter
Harry Thorpe
Cinematographer
William McGann
Cinematographer
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