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Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939)

The masked hero leads a fighting force to fight a villian who plots the conquest of The Republic of Mexico.

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Ronald Davidson (original screenplay), Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reed Hadley ... Don Diego Vega / Zorro
Sheila Darcy Sheila Darcy ... Volita
William Corson William Corson ... Ramon
Leander De Cordova Leander De Cordova ... Governor Felipe
Edmund Cobb ... Gonzalez
John Merton ... Manuel [Ch. 1-9]
C. Montague Shaw ... Pablo
Budd Buster ... Juan
Carleton Young ... Benito Juarez [ch 1-2, 12]
Guy D'Ennery ... Don Francisco [Ch. 1]
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Kala [Ch. 10-12] (as Paul Marian)
Joe Molina Joe Molina ... Tarmac
James Pierce ... Moreno (as Jim Pierce)
Helen Mitchel Helen Mitchel ... Doña Maria
Curley Dresden Curley Dresden ... Tomás
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Storyline

It'a 1824 and Don Del Oro, a man completely hidden in a suit of armor, plans to become emperor of Mexico. Don Diego arrives and as the masked Zorro takes up the fight. He organizes the Legionnaires to fight Del Oro's henchmen and the Yaqui Indians. CHAP. 1, GOLDEN GOD: An explosion sends a landslide down on Zorro. CHAP. 2, FLAMING Z: Zorro is trapped in a building as it explodes. CHAP. 3, DESCENDING DOOM: Zorro is trapped in an elevator shaft with the car plummeting down at him. CHAP. 4, BRIDGE OF PERIL: Zorro is on a narrow suspension bridge when the suport ropes are cut. CHAP. 5, DECOY: Zorro is on a wagon that explodes. CHAP. 6, ZORRO TO THE RESCUE: Zorro is locked in a dungeon cell with a moving wall that is about to crush him. CHAP. 7, FUGITIVE: Zorro falls beneath a runaway stagecoach. CHAP. 8, FLOWING DEATH: Zorro is in a mine shaft when an avalanche of water is released. CHAP 9, GOLDEN ARROW: A man at close range shoots an arrow at the unsuspecting Don Diego. CHAP. 10, MYSTERY... Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

WHIPS CRACK! SWORDS FLASH! BULLETS FLY! (original print ad-all caps)


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of Zorro See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The appearance of Benito Juarez in Chapters 1-2 & 12 presents us with somewhat of an anachronism. Although Juarez was alive at the time this serial was set--1824--he would have been only 18 years old at the time. The inclusion of Juarez in the story is most likely due to the release of the highly successful and popular Juarez (1939) earlier that year; which starred Paul Muni in the title role. See more »

Quotes

Gov. Felipe: I propose that Kala be hanged in the public square tomorrow morning.
Manuel Gonzalez: Excellent - make an example of him!
Chief Justice Pablo: I also agree. Show the Yaquis they cannot break our laws and live and we'll have little to fear from that quarter.
Don Diego Vega: Except bloodshed and death.
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Connections

Edited into Matinee Movie Serials: The Flaming Z (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

We Ride!
Music by William Lava
Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
Sung by Zorro's Legionaires over the credits and throughtout the serial.
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Zorro against Don del Oro
10 December 2002 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

There have been several films about Zorro, some even made in Europe, e.g. Alain Delon. This role has also been played by outstanding actors, such as Tyrone Power and Anthony Hopkins, but to me the best of all times has always been Reed Hadley. This serial gives you the opportunity to see an interesting western, where you will only discover the real villain, Don del Oro, at its end. The serial also has good performance of various actors of movies B like Ed Cobb, ex- Tarzan Jim Pierce, C. Montague Shaw, eternal villains like John Merton and Charles King, and a very good performance of Hadley as Zorro. He was quick, smart, used well his whip and sword, and his voice was the best for any Zorro.


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