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* ''Film/{{The Mark of Zorro|1920}}'', a 1920 silent film with Creator/DouglasFairbanks as Zorro.
* ''Film/{{The Mark of Zorro|1940}}'', a 1940 remake with Creator/TyronePower as Zorro
* ''The Mark of Zorro'', a 1974 made-for-TV film with Creator/FrankLangella as Zorro.

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* ''Film/{{The Mark of Zorro|1920}}'', Zorro|1920}}'' -- a 1920 silent film with Creator/DouglasFairbanks as Zorro.
* ''Film/{{The Mark of Zorro|1940}}'', Zorro|1940}}'' -- a 1940 remake with Creator/TyronePower as Zorro
* ''The Mark of Zorro'', Zorro'' -- a 1974 made-for-TV film with Creator/FrankLangella as Zorro.


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[[redirect:Film/TheMarkOfZorro1920]]''The Mark of Zorro'' can refer to the following movies:

* ''Film/{{The Mark of Zorro|1920}}'', a 1920 silent film with Creator/DouglasFairbanks as Zorro.
* ''Film/{{The Mark of Zorro|1940}}'', a 1940 remake with Creator/TyronePower as Zorro
* ''The Mark of Zorro'', a 1974 made-for-TV film with Creator/FrankLangella as Zorro.

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''The Mark of Zorro'' is a 1920 film starring Creator/DouglasFairbanks. Fairbanks is Don Diego Vega, a lazy, effete nobleman in the days of Spanish California. Lolita Pulido, his fiancee in an arranged marriage, finds him dull and uninspiring. What she doesn't know is that he is actually Franchise/{{Zorro}}, the masked avenger who is fighting the oppressive Governor Alvarado and his villainous henchmen Capt. Ramon and Sgt. Gonzales. Zorro crusades for justice and rallies the people of California against their oppressive overlords.

This film was basically the TropeMaker for the whole Franchise/{{Zorro}} franchise. It was based on the first Zorro story, "The Curse of Capistrano", published just the year before, but that story featured a Zorro who wore a sombrero and threatened people with a gun. This film invented the masked swordsman that became popular. It also marked a change in direction for Fairbanks, who had spent his career to date making light comedies but would spend the rest of TheRoaringTwenties making elaborate action films.

It was [[Film/TheMarkOfZorro1940 remade in 1940]] with Creator/TyronePower and in 1974 with Creator/FrankLangella. Not to be confused with the 1998 film ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'', though of course they are based on the same character.

In 2015, ''The Mark of Zorro'' was selected by the Library of Congress National for preservation in the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." (The 1940 version got that same honor in 2009.)
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!!Tropes:

* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Take Franchise/{{Batman}}, move him to Spanish California, and remove the tragic dead parents, and you have this story. The writers of Batman even acknowledged the similarities: the film the Wayne family were coming home from when they got mugged was ''The Mark of Zorro.''
* AttemptedRape: Captain Ramon is clearly about to rape Lolita when Zorro breaks in.
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: Always, like when Don Diego is challenging Captain Ramon to a duel.
* CallingCard: Zorro leaves the "Z" everywhere. See ZorroMark below.
* {{Flynning}}: Fifteen years before [[Creator/ErrolFlynn the Trope Maker]], Douglas Fairbanks had perfected the art of colorful sword duels.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The final shot has Don Diego and his Love Interest smooching behind a kerchief. While their faces are concealed, the woman's hands flutter and contort in a way that suggests it's much more than a modest peck on the cheek...
* HeelFaceTurn: Downplayed when Gonzales rebels against Ramon and joins Zorro at the very last second after witnessing that his true identity is that of his friend Don Diego de la Vega and, mostly, [[OpportunisticBastard that he's surrounded by rebels, all of them persons of noble heritage and noted prestige]].
* HorsebackHeroism: Zorro is good on a horse.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Zorro can slice a Z on your forehead with one movement, or carve an entire letter to the authorities into the bark of a tree.
* MasterSwordsman: No one can beat Don Diego.
* NiceHat: This film established Zorro's iconic black Cordobés.
* PresidentEvil: The evil governor of California.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Don Diego's persona, long before either Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark.
* RoyalRapier: Zorro's weapon.
* TheSpeechless: Bernardo, Zorro's Indian servant.
* SwordFight: Established the trope for the Zorro franchise. There's a big one with Capt. Ramon at the climax, however, the fight with Capt. Esteban in [[Film/TheMarkOfZorro1940 the 1940 version]] is widely regarded as one of the best cinematic sword fights ever.
* ATasteOfTheLash: The evil governor has a Franciscan friar whipped.
* ZorroMark: Naturally! In the climactic fight Diego does this on Capt. Ramon's ''forehead''.

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''The Mark of Zorro'' is a 1920 film starring Creator/DouglasFairbanks. Fairbanks is Don Diego Vega, a lazy, effete nobleman in the days of Spanish California. Lolita Pulido, his fiancee in an arranged marriage, finds him dull and uninspiring. What she doesn't know is that he is actually Franchise/{{Zorro}}, the masked avenger who is fighting the oppressive Governor Alvarado and his villainous henchmen Capt. Ramon and Sgt. Gonzales. Zorro crusades for justice and rallies the people of California against their oppressive overlords.

This film was basically the TropeMaker for the whole Franchise/{{Zorro}} franchise. It was based on the first Zorro story, "The Curse of Capistrano", published just the year before, but that story featured a Zorro who wore a sombrero and threatened people with a gun. This film invented the masked swordsman that became popular. It also marked a change in direction for Fairbanks, who had spent his career to date making light comedies but would spend the rest of TheRoaringTwenties making elaborate action films.

It was [[Film/TheMarkOfZorro1940 remade in 1940]] with Creator/TyronePower and in 1974 with Creator/FrankLangella. Not to be confused with the 1998 film ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'', though of course they are based on the same character.

In 2015, ''The Mark of Zorro'' was selected by the Library of Congress National for preservation in the UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." (The 1940 version got that same honor in 2009.)
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!!Tropes:

* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Take Franchise/{{Batman}}, move him to Spanish California, and remove the tragic dead parents, and you have this story. The writers of Batman even acknowledged the similarities: the film the Wayne family were coming home from when they got mugged was ''The Mark of Zorro.''
* AttemptedRape: Captain Ramon is clearly about to rape Lolita when Zorro breaks in.
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: Always, like when Don Diego is challenging Captain Ramon to a duel.
* CallingCard: Zorro leaves the "Z" everywhere. See ZorroMark below.
* {{Flynning}}: Fifteen years before [[Creator/ErrolFlynn the Trope Maker]], Douglas Fairbanks had perfected the art of colorful sword duels.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The final shot has Don Diego and his Love Interest smooching behind a kerchief. While their faces are concealed, the woman's hands flutter and contort in a way that suggests it's much more than a modest peck on the cheek...
* HeelFaceTurn: Downplayed when Gonzales rebels against Ramon and joins Zorro at the very last second after witnessing that his true identity is that of his friend Don Diego de la Vega and, mostly, [[OpportunisticBastard that he's surrounded by rebels, all of them persons of noble heritage and noted prestige]].
* HorsebackHeroism: Zorro is good on a horse.
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: Zorro can slice a Z on your forehead with one movement, or carve an entire letter to the authorities into the bark of a tree.
* MasterSwordsman: No one can beat Don Diego.
* NiceHat: This film established Zorro's iconic black Cordobés.
* PresidentEvil: The evil governor of California.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Don Diego's persona, long before either Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark.
* RoyalRapier: Zorro's weapon.
* TheSpeechless: Bernardo, Zorro's Indian servant.
* SwordFight: Established the trope for the Zorro franchise. There's a big one with Capt. Ramon at the climax, however, the fight with Capt. Esteban in [[Film/TheMarkOfZorro1940 the 1940 version]] is widely regarded as one of the best cinematic sword fights ever.
* ATasteOfTheLash: The evil governor has a Franciscan friar whipped.
* ZorroMark: Naturally! In the climactic fight Diego does this on Capt. Ramon's ''forehead''.
[[redirect:Film/TheMarkOfZorro1920]]


It was [[Film/TheMarkOfZorro1940 remade in 1940]] with Creator/TyronePower and in 1974 with Creator/FrankLangella. Not to be confused with the 1998 film ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' though of course they are based on the same franchise.

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It was [[Film/TheMarkOfZorro1940 remade in 1940]] with Creator/TyronePower and in 1974 with Creator/FrankLangella. Not to be confused with the 1998 film ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'', though of course they are based on the same franchise.character.


* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Take Franchise/{{Batman}}, move him to Spanish California, and remove the tragic dead parents, and you have this story. The writers of Batman even acknowledged the similarities: the film the Wayne family sees in the backstory is ''The Mark of Zorro.''

to:

* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Take Franchise/{{Batman}}, move him to Spanish California, and remove the tragic dead parents, and you have this story. The writers of Batman even acknowledged the similarities: the film the Wayne family sees in the backstory is family were coming home from when they got mugged was ''The Mark of Zorro.''


This film was basically the TropeMaker for the whole Franchise/{{Zorro}} franchise. It was based on the first Zorro story, "The Curse of Capistrano", published just the year before, but that story featured a Zorro who wore a sombrero and threatened people with a gun. This film invented the masked swordsman that became popular. It also marked a change in direction for Fairbanks, who had spent his career to date making light comedies but would spend the rest of TheTwenties making elaborate action films.

to:

This film was basically the TropeMaker for the whole Franchise/{{Zorro}} franchise. It was based on the first Zorro story, "The Curse of Capistrano", published just the year before, but that story featured a Zorro who wore a sombrero and threatened people with a gun. This film invented the masked swordsman that became popular. It also marked a change in direction for Fairbanks, who had spent his career to date making light comedies but would spend the rest of TheTwenties TheRoaringTwenties making elaborate action films.


* HeroicDimples: Zorro, which adds to his mischievous roguishness.





It was [[Film/TheMarkOfZorro1940 remade in 1940]] with Tyrone Power and in 1974 with Creator/FrankLangella. Not to be confused with the 1998 film ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' though of course they are based on the same franchise.

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It was [[Film/TheMarkOfZorro1940 remade in 1940]] with Tyrone Power Creator/TyronePower and in 1974 with Creator/FrankLangella. Not to be confused with the 1998 film ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' though of course they are based on the same franchise.



* HeelFaceTurn: Kind of: Gonzales rebels against Ramon and joins Zorro at the very last second after witnessing that his true identity is that of his friend Don Diego de la Vega and, mostly, [[OpportunisticBastard that he's surrounded by rebels, all of them persons of noble heritage and noted prestige]].

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* HeelFaceTurn: Kind of: Downplayed when Gonzales rebels against Ramon and joins Zorro at the very last second after witnessing that his true identity is that of his friend Don Diego de la Vega and, mostly, [[OpportunisticBastard that he's surrounded by rebels, all of them persons of noble heritage and noted prestige]].prestige]].
* HeroicDimples: Zorro, which adds to his mischievous roguishness.


In 2015, ''The Mark of Zorro'' was selected by the Library of Congress National for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." (The 1940 version got that same honor in 2009.)

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In 2015, ''The Mark of Zorro'' was selected by the Library of Congress National for preservation in the National Film Registry, UsefulNotes/NationalFilmRegistry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." (The 1940 version got that same honor in 2009.)



* HeelFaceTurn: Kind of: Gonzales rebels against Ramon and joins Zorro at the very last second after witnessing that his true identity is that of his friend Don Diego de la Vega and, mostly, [[OpportunisticBastard that he's sorrounded by rebels, all of them persons of noble heritage and noted prestige]].

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* HeelFaceTurn: Kind of: Gonzales rebels against Ramon and joins Zorro at the very last second after witnessing that his true identity is that of his friend Don Diego de la Vega and, mostly, [[OpportunisticBastard that he's sorrounded surrounded by rebels, all of them persons of noble heritage and noted prestige]].



* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Don Diego's persona, long before either Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent.

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* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Don Diego's persona, long before either Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent.Tony Stark.



* SwordFight: Established the trope for the Zorro franchise. There's a big one with Capt. Ramon at the climax.
** The SwordFight with Capt. Esteban in the 1940 version is widely regarded as one of the best cinematic sword fights ever.

to:

* SwordFight: Established the trope for the Zorro franchise. There's a big one with Capt. Ramon at the climax.
** The SwordFight
climax, however, the fight with Capt. Esteban in [[Film/TheMarkOfZorro1940 the 1940 version version]] is widely regarded as one of the best cinematic sword fights ever.


This film was basically the TropeMaker for the whole Franchise/{{Zorro}} franchise. It was based on the first Zorro story, "The Curse of Capistrano", published just the year before, but the story featured a Zorro that wore a sombrero and threatened people with a gun. This film invented the masked swordsman that became popular. It also marked a change in direction for Fairbanks, who had spent his career to date making light comedies but would spend the rest of TheTwenties making elaborate action films.

to:

This film was basically the TropeMaker for the whole Franchise/{{Zorro}} franchise. It was based on the first Zorro story, "The Curse of Capistrano", published just the year before, but the that story featured a Zorro that who wore a sombrero and threatened people with a gun. This film invented the masked swordsman that became popular. It also marked a change in direction for Fairbanks, who had spent his career to date making light comedies but would spend the rest of TheTwenties making elaborate action films.


In 2009, the 1940 version of ''Mark of Zorro'' was selected by the Library of Congress National for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." In 2015, the 1920 version was selected for the same honor.

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In 2009, the 1940 version of ''Mark 2015, ''The Mark of Zorro'' was selected by the Library of Congress National for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." In 2015, the 1920 (The 1940 version was selected for the got that same honor.honor in 2009.)


It was remade in 1940 with Tyrone Power and in 1974 with Creator/FrankLangella. Not to be confused with the 1998 film ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' though of course they are based on the same franchise.

to:

It was [[Film/TheMarkOfZorro1940 remade in 1940 1940]] with Tyrone Power and in 1974 with Creator/FrankLangella. Not to be confused with the 1998 film ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' though of course they are based on the same franchise.


It was remade in 1940 with Tyrone Power and in 1974 with Frank Langella. Not to be confused with the 1998 film ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' though of course they are based on the same franchise.

to:

It was remade in 1940 with Tyrone Power and in 1974 with Frank Langella.Creator/FrankLangella. Not to be confused with the 1998 film ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'' though of course they are based on the same franchise.


In 2009, the 1940 version of''Mark of Zorro'' was selected by the Library of Congress National for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." In 2015, the 1920 version was selected for the same honor.

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In 2009, the 1940 version of''Mark of ''Mark of Zorro'' was selected by the Library of Congress National for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." In 2015, the 1920 version was selected for the same honor.


In 2015, ''Mark of Zorro'' was selected by the Library of Congress National for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"

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In 2015, ''Mark 2009, the 1940 version of''Mark of Zorro'' was selected by the Library of Congress National for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"significant." In 2015, the 1920 version was selected for the same honor.



* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Take Franchise/{{Batman}}, move him to Spanish California, and remove the tragic dead parents, and you have this story.

to:

* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Take Franchise/{{Batman}}, move him to Spanish California, and remove the tragic dead parents, and you have this story. The writers of Batman even acknowledged the similarities: the film the Wayne family sees in the backstory is ''The Mark of Zorro.''



* CallingCard: Zorro leaves the "Z" everywhere.

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* CallingCard: Zorro leaves the "Z" everywhere. See ZorroMark below.


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** The SwordFight with Capt. Esteban in the 1940 version is widely regarded as one of the best cinematic sword fights ever.

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