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The Bold Caballero(1936)

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The working titles for this film were The Mask of Zorro and The Beloved Rogue. This film was based on Johnston McCulley's character of Zorro, which first appeared in McCulley's story "The Curse of Capistrano" in All-Story Weekly (9 August-6 September 1919). Although onscreen credits state "Idea by Johnston McCulley"-suggesting that he contributed only to the screen treatment-and credit Wells Root with an original screenplay, a modern source credits McCulley and Root as co-screenwriters. Another modern source says this film is based on McCulley's story "The Return of Zorro." The Bold Caballero was Republic's first all-color feature. The film was screened in Lincoln, NE, the week of March 8, 1937 at a length of 60 minutes, as compared to the original length of 71-72 minutes. "The Curse of Capistrano" was published in book form under the title The Mark of Zorro in 1924. Among adaptations of McCulley's story is the 1920 film The Mark of Zorro, which was produced by Douglas Fairbanks Picture Corp., directed by Fred Niblo, and starred Douglas Fairbanks (see below); for a list of other "Zorro" films consult that entry. In 1974, 20th Century-Fox Television produced a version of The Mark of Zorro, directed by Don McDougall and starring Frank Langella and Ricardo Montalban. Modern sources list the following additional cast members: John Merton, Jack Kirk, Vinegar Roan, George Plues, Henry Morris, Chief Thunder Cloud, Pascale Perry, Jack Roberts, William Emile, Gurdial Singh, Steve Clark, Herman Hack, Rube Dalroy, Bill Wolfe, Si Jenks, Harrison Greene, Jimmy Aubrey, Jack Rockwell, Artie Ortego, Dick Botiller, Wally West, Ed Phillips, Sherry Tansey, Henry Hall, Ben Corbett and Bud McClure.