The Mark of Zorro

Synopsis: Around 1820 the son of a California nobleman comes home from Spain to find his native land under a villainous dictatorship. On the one hand he plays the useless fop, while on the other he is the masked avenger Zorro.
Director(s): Rouben Mamoulian
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Fair seat, bad hands,

mount not sufficiently schooled.


Here's the California cockerel.

Ten pesos he clears 'em all.

Cleanly? Taken.

Grow wings, my friend.

Ten pesos, ifyou please.

Maybe you've forgotten that in California

they use horses for cradles.

- Well done, seor.

- And all I did was sit on his back.

Oh, three carrots

aFTer his oats tonight, Manuel.

- You go to an affair ofthe court, seor?

- No, ofthe heart.

- Something is wrong.

- The face, man. The face.

Why the fine feathers?

A seorita who'd put St Anthony

on the griddle. We're to meet...

Have you forgotten that you cross swords

with Lieutenant Cortez at three o'clock?

Santa Mara! It slipped my mind.

Why do I have to meet

every swordsman in Madrid?

Everyone enjoys a certain amount offighting,

but why does everyone pick on me?

It's become a distinction

to assail a California cockerel.

You pink them slightly in the arm and

shoulder and they boast of having met you.

Cadet Vega, the commandant

wishes to see you in his office at once.

Good. You see, I can't possibly fight

the fellow now. Explain that to him, will you?

But tell him I'll meet him tomorrow.

Seores, your attention, please.

- I'm buying wine for all.

- (murmurs ofapproval)

Come on, come on.

It's your last chance to fill up on me.

Last chance? What do you mean?

My father has ordered me home.

The commandantjust told me.

- I sail on the first ship from Lisbon.

- To California?

- But what about your commission here?

- I'll have to give that up.

What's California like?

Are the lndians troublesome?

- No.

- Then who is there to fight?

No one.

Then what will you do with

this spur ofyours, my cockerel?


Leave it there.

And when you see it, think of me,

in a land of gentle missions,

happy peons, sleepy caballeros,

and everlasting boredom.


A toast, seores. To California,

where a man can only marry, raise fat

children, and watch his vineyards grow.

- How are the vineyards? Bearing well?

- By some miracle the grapes remain sweet.

Why so gloomy?

People cannot sing

with hatred in their hearts, seor.

- Hatred for whom?

- The alcalde, may his soul burn in hell.

The alcalde? A kinder,

better man never lived.

You don't know him, seor.

I should know him. He's my father.

Well... I said it, and I won't deny it.

I've taken 20 lashes before

for a slip ofthe tongue.

Row, row. Get me to shore.

(# guitarmusic andsinging)

- Buenos das, seor.

- Buenos das.

- I'm honoured. How can I serve you?

- A glass ofyour best wine.

- You are a stranger in these parts, seor?

- No, not exactly.

I was born and raised not far from here.

I am the son ofthe alcalde.

(singing stops)

Where can I get a carriage

to drive me to Los Angeles?

- Wake up! Didn't you hear me?

- S, seor.

This way, seor.

Pedro! Pedro, here is a caballero

who would employ you.

- He is the son of His Excellency, the alcalde.

- I want to be driven to Los Angeles.

I have some boxes

and a portmanteau on the wharf.

I'll pay you well.

Well, stop staring at me.

Will you drive me or not?

What's come over this country?

Have you all gone mad?

Listen, you. Find speech,

or I'll cut out your tongue.

Oh, please. You are too late, seor.

Your good father has already attended to that.

- My father? What are you talking about?

- I'm sorry. But at a meeting ofthe peons,

this man spoke against the heavy taxes.

The next day, the soldiers of His Excellency

cut out his tongue. I swear it is true.

Therefore, until we receive

the reinforcements promised us...


So people can still laugh in California.

I'd begun to think they'd lost the habit.

- Your name?

- He claims to be the son ofthe alcalde.

I claim nothing. I am Diego Vega,

son of His Excellency, Don Alejandro.

And this, although I find it

greatly changed, is my home.

Your pardon, I'd not heard ofyour returning.

Welcome to California.

I'm Capitn Esteban Pasquale,

military aid to the alcalde.

I'm honoured, Capitn, but bewildered.

Tell me, why has my father

turned his home into a barracks?

Conditions have changed since you leFT,

Don Diego. Your father... resigned.

Age, you know. Since then, the peons

have become more, uh... more industrious.

As to the caballeros, they're

encouraged to think oftheir own affairs.

We take care ofthe government.

I see.

I see. Tell me, who holds the office now?

- Don Luis Quintero. I'll take you to him.

- I'd like to see my family. Where are they?

At your old hacienda.

But Don Luis won't allow me to let you go

without a welcome from him.

I'm quite sure that you...

you'll save me a reprimand.

How could I refuse a man

with a naked sword in his hand?

So a wit has come to Los Angeles.

Carry out your orders, Sergeant.

S, mi capitn.

Foolish habit of mine.

Some men play with a glove,

or a monocle, or a snuffbox.

Churchmen finger their beads.

I toy with a sword.

Do you fancy the weapon?

I know very little about it, my dear capitn.

Swordplay is such a violent business.


So, this bird killed the black-breasted red?

- Yes, Your Excellency.

- Was it a bloody battle?

At the side ofthe pit, all the people

were covered with blood.

Pity I missed it. What are you asking for him?

Oh, this is a noble bird. Well tested.

I'm asking 40 pesos for him, Excellency.

40 pesos? Esteban! This cheating dog

should have his taxes raised.

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John Taintor Foote

John Taintor Foote (March 29, 1881 – January 28, 1950) was an American novelist, playwright, short-story writer, and screenwriter. Foote studied at Kenyon Military Academy, Gambier, Ohio. He began as a writer of sporting stories. His first story was published in The American Magazine in 1913. He wrote horse stories featuring the roguish track character Blister Jones, and the story upon which the Alfred Hitchcock film Notorious is loosely based. He also wrote or collaborated on five plays, among them the comedy Toby's Bow (1919) and the dramas Tight Britches (1934), and Julie the Great (1936). Foote came to Hollywood in 1938 to work on the screenplay of his book The Look of Eagles, which was retitled Kentucky, starred Loretta Young, and won an Academy Award for Walter Brennan. Foote’s subsequent scripts included The Mark of Zorro, Broadway Serenade, Swanee River, The Story of Seabiscuit and The Great Dan Patch.Foote is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. more…

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