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The working title of this film was The Curse of Capistrano. While one contemporary source credits Eugene Miller with the adaptation, modern sources credit Elton Thomas, which was Douglas Fairbanks' pseudonym. McCulley's story was published in book form under the title The Mark of Zorro in 1924.
Some scenes in the film were shot in the San Fernando Valley in CA, where a set representing Los Angeles during the period of 1840 was built. M. Harry Uttenhover of Belgium, a thre-time world's champion fencer, was hired to instruct cast members Noah Beery and Robert McKim. The Mark of Zorro marked the first film of Noah Beery, Jr. (1915-1994), son of long-time character actor Noah Beery. Berry, Jr. also had a long career in film and television.
Among the many other films based on McCulley's story or using the character of Zorro are: the 1925 United Artists release Don Q, Son of Zorro, starring Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Astor and directed by Donald Crisp (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30); the 1936 Republic film The Bold Caballero, starring Robert Livingston and directed by Wells Root; a series of Republic serials in the thirties and forties, including 1939's Zorro's Fighting Legion, starring Reed Hadley and directed by William Witney and John English; the 1940 Twentieth Century-Fox film The Mark of Zorro, starring Tyrone Power and directed by Rouben Mamoulian (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40); the 1957 ABC-TV series Zorro, starring Guy Williams and produced by Walt Disney; the 1975 Italian film Zorro, starring Alain Delon and directed by Duccio Tessari; the 1981 Twentieth Century-Fox release Zorro the Gay Blade, starring George Hamilton and directed by Peter Medak and the 1998 Columbia release The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.