~The Mark of Zorro~
~Plot Synopsis~
Johnston MacCulley's 1913 adventure yarn The Curse of Capistrano was given its first filmization in
Douglas Fairbanks' 1920 The Mark of Zorro. Fairbanks plays the outwardly foppish Don Diego de la
Vega, the son of wealthy Spanish Californian rancher. In reality, Don Diego is the dashed
masked-and-caped Zorro, who wages a one-man war to rescue his fellow citizens from the tyranny
Captain Juan Ramon (Robert McKim). The lovely Lolita (Marguerite de la Motte) despises the
namby-pamby Don Diego, but loves the devil-may-care Zorro, never dreaming (until the end, of course)
that the two men are one. In turn, Lolita is loved by Captain Ramon, who is as ruthless in his domestic
dealings as he is in his political weight-throwing. Noah Beery Sr. plays Sgt. Garcia, a buffoonish minion of
Ramon's who eventually casts his lot with Zorro--after being bested time and again by the hero's
swordplay. Best scene: Zorro insouciantly challenging Ramon's soldiers to capture him while he wines
and dines at a local cantina. At the time he made Mark of Zorro, Fairbanks was best known for his peppy
contemporary comedies. He hoped that Zorro would be an interesting temporary change of pace for him,
never dreaming that the film's popularity would lock him into the swashbuckling mode for the rest of the
silent career. In 1925, Fairbanks starred in a sequel, Don Q, Son of Zorro; the original film has, of course,
been remade many times since 1920.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Fred Niblo

Written by:
Eugene Miller - scenario  
Douglas Fairbanks - scenario

Based on the story "The Curse of Capistrano," by Johnston McCulley.

Douglas Fairbanks ...  Don Diego Vega / Señor Zorro
Noah Beery ...  Sgt. Pedro Gonzales
Charles Hill Mailes ...  Don Carlos Pulido
Claire McDowell ...  Dona Catalina Pulido
Marguerite De La Motte ...  Lolita Pulido
Robert McKim ...  Capt. Juan Ramon
George Periolat ...  Gov. Alvarado
Walt Whitman ...  Fray Felipe
Sidney De Gray ...  Don Alejandro (as Sydney De Gray)
Tote Du Crow ...  Bernardo
Noah Beery Jr. ...  Boy (uncredited)
Charles Belcher ...  Undetermined role (uncredited)
Milton Berle ...  Boy (uncredited)
Gilbert Clayton ...  Soldier with "Z" carved on his face (uncredited)
Snitz Edwards ...  Short innkeeper (uncredited)
Albert MacQuarrie ...  Undetermined role (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ...  Peon beaten by Sgt. Gonzalez (uncredited)
John Winn ...  Undetermined role (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Douglas Fairbanks Pictures

Distribution Companies: United Artists

Executive Producer: Douglas Fairbanks
Music by: William Axt
Cinematography by: William C. McGann & Harris Thorpe
Art Direction by: Edward M. Langley
Second Unit Director: Theodore Reed
Master of Properties: Harry Edwards
Fencing Master: Fred Cavens
Production Manager: Robert Fairbanks
Fencing Instructor for Noah Berry and Robert McKim: M. Harry Uttenhover
Fencing Advisor: H.J. Utterhore

Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 97 Minutes
Released: December 5, 1920
Filmed at Raleigh Studios - 5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Filmed on Location (exteriors: set resmbling 1840s Los Angeles) in San Fernando Valley, Los
Angeles & Shadow Hills, Sunland California, USA