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mark of zorro
- kevin sellers
What, no Sgt. Garcia? I want my money back! Just kidding. This is Sat. matinee entertainment at its best. Darnel's dull, Eugene Palette is ludicrous as a Spanish friar and I wish Don Diego hadn't changed into Zorro offscreen, as it were, but other than that it's fun fun fun with great performances from Ty Power as the swashbuckling hero, Basil Rathbone as the swashbuckling villain with a Freudian obsession with sharp, pointy objects, and Gale Sondegaard as a grotesque, Goya-esque Spanish grandess. Also worthy of mention is beautiful black and white cinematography by Arthur C. Miller of "How Green Was My Valley" and "'Ox Bow' fame and properly rapid paced yet elegant direction from Reuben Mamoulian. And Jeff is right on about the mother of all swordfight scenes. So let's give it a solid B. P.S. I looked long and hard but could find not one speaking part given to an Hispanic actor.
California's Robin Hood
- Jeff Boston
Outfoxing the iron-fisted, gluttonous government, the fearsome fighter in the now feminine-looking finery maneuvers for fairness for the folks in what was formerly a forlorn state of affairs. The swordplay between Vega and Pasquale is a must see. As His Excellency effused "You handle a sword like a devil from hell!"
A story of old Spanish California tells of a foxy guy with a blade who charmed the ladies and made his point with a villain too; pretending, all the while, not to be, but we knew he was...Zorro!
the theme of life.
one day..weird al will do that parody of redbone.. and basil will have his day.
THE MARK OF ZORRO
Its all been said. Great film, fantastic cast, beautiful costumes, outstanding music score. So Minky why do you think Gay people would be angry? I find your comment puzzling. If Don Diago is supposed to be Gay, then this film is a milestone for its time, in the1940s. Other films such as Yankee Doodle Dandy, the draft dodger (I Was in the chorus), touched on the subject. As did Al Jolson in Wonderbar, ten years earlier in 1934 (Girls will be girls and boys will be boys whooooo). And there were other films, but this film seemed to break down barriers.
Full Of Surprises
This film could not been made today, the gay community would ban it. It is one of the best of this type of films and Power and Flynn are the only two who could wear these type of costumes and still look masculine.
First Class, Enjoy It
Among the best ever adventure and action movies. Strong cast, excellent performances and good pace. Power shines as does Rathbone. Linda Darnell's beauty has stayed with me for all these years, unforgettable!
Some say that Tyrone Power never had a great classic movie in his career. In my opinion, The Mark of Zorro, along with Nightmare Alley, are great movie classics in which he gives outstanding performances. And what different performances they are! Maybe it's easier to see with the added perspective of time that both movies hold up beautifully. They are still terrifically entertaining about seventy years after they were released. Love this classic Zorro, which I consider his signature role!
Starring Ty & Baz's Snug Trousers
One of the finest swashbucklers ever!Boy,how quickly Darnell aged from 1940-1947.
The Definitive Zorro
Combining the boldest adventure, the most charming senoritas and the most dastardly baddies, this is the best of the Zorro films. Tyrone Power gives a fine performance, one of his best, both funny and assured as Diego and Zorro. The great Basil Rathbone is terrific as his enemy. Movie history is made with these two antognists facing off in a justifiably famous swordfight that someone rightly termed a deadly, graceful 'dance of death.' Director Mamoulian lavished all with beautiful golden-age Hollywood production values. It's unbeatable movie making from a time when black and white was all the color true cinematic artists needed. Featuring lovely Linda Darnell as the charming love interest, all are supported by a cast of great character actors. A signature role for cinema superstar Tyrone Power. Here he is for the first time as the true swashbuckling adventurer. This movie is really a treat.
Talented handsome charismatic, Tyrone Power gave a great comedic and athletic performance as Diego /Zorro. Great character actors Gale Sondegaard and Basil Rathbone provide the spice as the films heavies. Luxurious black and white photography. Richly deserves to be on the Library of Congress' National Film Archive list. Don't miss seeing this great classic movie.
Baz Is Mine,He's Sizzling Here
Such a great villain.Suggestive dialogue.Hope Baz wasn't too badly hurt with all the slashing.If I were Lolita,I'd go for Esteban,even if he's not her generation.
Baz,we love you!You are this picture.How could Richard Greene outshine Ty,or possibly
Basil We Love Ya
I watch for Rathbone's scenes.He is the master,could care about corny dialogue,but he is THE MAN!Master fencer,gorgeous hunk of man,truly great antagonist to Ty.
The REAL Zorro!
You simply cannot watch all the Zorro iterations and then not believe Tyrone Power is the one and only Zorro. He is fantastic in this film! You will also see exceptional sword fighting between Power and Basil Rathbone (an excellent fencer in his own right.) There is a deftness that they use that is not the power exhibited by Errol Flynn but, instead, deadly grace. Their duel is considered the finest one in all of cinema and it is worth watching this film for this one scene. Linda Darnell is not seen often enough and she was at her most beautiful in this film. I really liked Gale Sondergaard here. She was flirtatious and coy as the Alcalde's wife, even at the end. I do appreciate character actors and there are few better than Eugene Pallette who plays the trusted friar in this film. You want swashbuckling and great scenery? See this Zorro!
"The Mark of Zorro"
- Asbury J. Steen III
This was one of my favorites. I always watch his movies. I never got tired of watching this movieand I like Linda Darnell too. I rate this one 5(*****). ..
The Mark of Zorro
- Dashiell Barnes
After Fairbanks & before Banderas, Power perfectly embodies the Spanish hero. His performance is good enough to view this film, Darnell is enchanting as Power's love- interest. Alfred Newman's score & the perfectly recreated period Los Angeles is superb. A fine entertainment film & one that's too frquently underated. I give it a 4/5.
THE SCREEN'S BEST ZORRO!
- alexander perez
this was the first classic Swashbuckler film i had ever seen, and it pretty much captured my imagination. to see the dashing Tyrone Power fighting off a hundred troops with fierce Swordplay, have Basil Rathbone shish kebab-ed through his rapier after one of cinema's greatest sword duels, and balancing the action adventure factor with glamourous romance with the angelic Linda Darnell. complete with Alfred Newman's lusty score, the film is way better than THE MASK OF ZORRO, and a true classic of 20th century fox and cinema!
A Long Time Favorite
This film contains one of the greatest sword fights ever filmed
A TRUE FAMILY CLASSIC
Let's not forget about Linda Darnell and Basil Rathbone. She was probably never more beautiful and basil was never more dastardly. have been periodically watching this flick for nearly 45 years.
Better than Mask of Zorro
I agree with another reviewer, it is one of the best movies ever. It is most definitely a LOT better than the Mask of Zorro with Antonio Banderras and Linda Darnell is more beautiful the Katharyn Zeta Jones too!!!
This is one of the best movies I ever saw. Tyrone Powers is great! I can see why he was considered a leading man. He's mine. DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE!!!