Film / Zorro, the Gay Blade

My Dear Son,
I do not call you by name because I do not know which of you two brothers will be the one to read this, but whoever does inherits the greatest gifts I possess. The sword with which to fight injustice; this mask with which to deceive tyranny; and this hat which needs a reblocking. Wear them with honor, for in time of need it is the destiny of the Vega men to become Zorro.

Zorro the Gay Blade is a parody of the Zorro franchise, starring George Hamilton as both of the original Zorro's twin sons — the flirtatious playboy Don Diego de la Vega and the Camp Gay Bunny Wigglesworth, né Ramón de la Vega.

Don Diego returns home upon the request of his father, who has tragically died. There he learns of his father's secret and takes up the mantle to be a Fighter of Tyranny and Injustice... but then he falls and breaks his leg. Luckily, Ramón returns just in time to cover.

This movie contains the following tropes:

  • Annoying Laugh: Bunny's campy, belting giggle, very much so.
  • Badass: Diego is, naturally, a master swordsman. This is firmly established in the beginning, when he fends off four attackers while making smart aleck comments and not breaking a sweat.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Ramone's rescue of his brother: it's as melodramatic as it gets... until the actual rescue when Bunny just gives a silly comment, that nonetheless inspires the people to rise up.
    Bunny/Ramone: "Two bits, four bits, six bits a peso! All for Zorro, stand up and say so!" <crowd goes wild>
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Esteban is instantly smitten by Margarita Wigglesworth (Bunny in drag). While Bunny's broad frame doesn't seem to make for convincing woman, Esteban is nonetheless enthralled at once.
  • Camp Gay: Ramone, who became even more so after joining the British Navy.
  • Catch Phrase: "Sink me!"
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Bunny decides that the black Zorro outfits are too dull, so he decides to wear colors instead. Including plum and banana. This leads to a scene where the villains are convinced the changing colors are supposed to be a secret message. They never figure it out, but to the audience it's obvious: all of the colors are fruits.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Florinda wants to throw a party to show off some jewelry she bought.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ramone trades in his usual swishiness to become this when he is masquerading as a monk to fool Esteban.
  • Drum Roll, Please: Spoofed when drummers won't stop drumming at an execution and they have to be shut up.
  • Halfhearted Henchman: Velasquez, Esteban's Tax Collector and right hand man, doesn't seem wild about his job, and the run in he had with Zorro at the beginning of the movie has him noticeably reluctant to seek a rematch.
  • I Am Very British: Ramón's father shipped him off to the British Navy to become manlier.
  • Large Ham: And how! Between Hamilton's over the top campiness, Vaccaro's ditziness and Liebman's outrageous overacting, this movie is practically a buffet of ham. Even Donovon Scott comes across like this, and his character is mute!
  • Love Triangle: Averted. Diego and Captain Esteban once battled for the love of Florinda, and Esteban won. Florinda still wants Diego, but he's lost interest.
  • Masquerade Ball: Florinda holds two, the second one is an attempt by Esteban to trap Zorro, but Zorro found a way around it.
  • Militaries Are Useless: Esteban's garrison of guards are not only outrageously incompetent, they are rather cowardly. Several times, men armed with muskets flee in terror from a man with a whip.
  • Non-Lethal Warfare: While many soldiers and peasants endure beatings, nobody in this movie is actually killed on screen. This is rather surprising, as the climax involves a peasant revolt against armed guards.
  • Out-Gambitted: Esteban holds a second ball to see if Zorro will try to steal his wife's new necklace. He doesn't count on Zorro dressing up as someone other than Zorro, nor for Zorro to trick most of the men attending to dress as him.
  • Shout-Out: When Esteban's soldiers turn on him, a rooster is heard crowing — a reference to Simon Peter's betrayal of Christ.
  • The Speechless: Paco serves as Diego's mute sidekick
  • Suddenly Shouting: Esteban has no voice control.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Averted. Esteban and Diego are supposedly best friends, but it's obvious that Diego dislikes Esteban a great deal. Esteban also seems annoyed at Diego's smart aleck comments.
  • Whip It Good: Diego uses a rapier to fight. Bunny goes armed with a whip.