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'El  Zorro'

actor Guy Williams in full 'El Zorro' costume, circa 1957          short history

'El Zorro' movies & TV
Disney's 'Zorro' TV 1957
'New World Zorro' TV 1990-93
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author Johnston McCulley

'El Zorro' novels & stories
by other authors

works about 'El Zorro'

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The 'El Zorro' Legend
          Young Don Diego de la Vega returns to Spanish-colonial era California (circa 1820s) following his education in Spain. The people of California are oppressed by a tyrannical government, and expert swordsman Diego decides to 'avenge the helpless and punish cruel politicians'. He assumes the identity of a foppish hidalgo {nobleman} during the day, and masquerades as a masked avenger at night; his father does not (at first) know of his son's dual life, and complains to Diego about his avoidance of political involvement.
          Diego/Zorro is aided by his deaf-mute manservant Bernardo and by ally Friar Felipe. He romances the impoverished noblewoman Lolita in both roles: she is offended by the attentions of the passionless Diego and is impressed by the dashing Zorro. The government officials vary in each story, but Diego is usually cozy with lower ranking soldiers (Sergeant Garcia in the TV series), while that same person is sworn to capture the notorious El Zorro. (The title means 'the fox' in Spanish.) In the original books & stories, Zorro is aided by many fellow rebels, but seldom so in the movies.

          Pulp writer Johnston McCulley's fascination with legends of early California, in combination with his fondness for Baroness Orczy's 1905 novel "The Scarlet Pimpernel", formed the basis of Zorro's fight against injustice. The first Zorro piece, 'Zorro Rides Again', appeared in the October 1918 issue of Argosy All-Story Magazine, followed by four more Zorro tales. Grosset & Dunlap published a rewrite of those stories as the novella "The Curse of Capistrano" [1919].
          Douglas Fairbanks and wife Mary Pickford chose McCulley's swordfighting hero as the first production of their new United Artists Pictures movie studio. Fairbanks co-wrote the script (as Elton Thomas) and produced and starred in the renamed "The Mark of Zorro". His Zorro was a superior swordsman graced with a social conscience, who bests all of his opponents, accompanied by the familiar Fairbanks brio. The 1920 film was a substantial commercial success, and publisher Grosset & Dunlap reissued McCulley's novella with the same title as the film.
          Due to continuing public demand, McCulley wrote over 60 additional Zorro stories starting in 1922; the last was published posthumously in 1959.

'El Zorro' In The Media
          The El Zorro character starred in 5 feature films and five 'Saturday morning' serials thru the 1940s before Walt Disney bought the rights. The black-and-white Disney "Zorro" network television series ran on A.B.C. from October 1957 to June 1959, and encompassed 78 half-hour episodes and four hour-long specials. The series was a huge hit – essentially adding the Zorro story to mass culture – and made a star of actor Guy Williams [1924-89]. (His Hollywood career included the hit TV show "Lost In Space" [1965-68] and not much else; his investments, however, were very successful, and he retired to Argentina in 1973 to enjoy his wealth.)
          Three Spanish-language Zorro movies were made in the 1960s, two features in the 1970s, and the parody "Zorro, The Gay Blade" in 1981. The live-action TV series "The New World Zorro" ran for 88 episodes in 1990-93. Antonio Banderas starred in "The Mask of Zorro" [1998] and "The Legend of Zorro" [2005]; the first was extremely successful, the sequel less so; both continue good sales on DVD & Blu-ray. D.I.C. Entertainment produced the animated film "The Amazing Zorro" for broadcast on Nickelodeon in 2002.

          McCulley's original fiction remains in print. Given that Zorro was one of the original 'caped crusaders' of fiction and film – 'Batman' creator Bob Kane cites Zorro as one of his inspirations – it is not surprising that much recent Zorro activity is in the form of comics and graphic novels. The 2008 West End London stage musical "Zorro" features choreography by renowned flamenco dancer Rafael Amargo, and is currently on world tour. Can a musical feature film be far behind?
          BULLETIN 3/2013: Based on legal issues surrounding his 1996 musical "Z: The Musical of Zorro", Seattle playwright Robert Cabell filed suit in U.S. District Court against Zorro Productions, Inc. challenging their control of rights to the masked avenger character.

'Zorro' entry at Wikipedia
'Zorro' character credits at Internet Movie Database
search for Zorro photos & posters at AllPosters.com


'El Zorro'  Movies & TV
'Zorro' character credits at Internet Movie Database
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Zorro Movies posters catalog at AllPosters.com

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Hollywood Heroes, Thirty Screen Legends book by David Hofstede  "Hollywood Heroes: Thirty Screen Legends From
King Arthur To Zorro" [1994]
by David Hofstede

Madison Books 9¼x6¼ hardcover [6/94] for $24.95
cinema & television legends covered include: Captain Kirk,
Elliott Ness, King Arthur & El Zorro

Zorro DVD Box Set  "Zorro: 3 Feature Films on 2 DVDs" Box Set [2006]
St. Clair Ent. b&w/color DVD set [2006] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
contains 3 feature films, hour-long documentary feature, and a 12-chapter sound serial: "The Mark of Zorro" [b&w 1920 silent feature] starring Douglas Fairbanks; "The Bold Caballero" color talkie [1936] starring Robert Livingston; "Zorro's Fighting Legion" b&w 12-chapter serial [1939] starring Reed Hadley; "Zorro" [1975] color 87-minute version starring Alain Delon; and "Zorro: History In Film (A Documentary of The World's Most-Recognized Masked Crusader)" [color 2005]

"The Mark of Zorro" [United Artists Nov 1920]
The Mark of Zorro 1920 movie starring Douglas Fairbanks  El Zorro, masked champion of the people, opposes the oppressive colonial government in old Spanish California – he appears out of nowhere with flashing sword and athletic abandon, scarring the faces of evildoers with his Mark. Villainous Captain Ramon is in competition with wealthy but effete Don Diego and dashing Zorro for the affections of beautiful Lolita, and he decides to put the damsel in distress to draw Zorro into the open.
Co-produced by & starring Douglas Fairbanks, directed by Fred Niblo; also starring Noah Beery Sr., Marguerite De La Motte, Robert McKim, Walt Whitman, Sidney De Gray & Tote Du Crow
11"x17" poster available for $14.99 at AllPosters.com
Reel Enterprises b&w DVD-R [11/2006] for $9.95
A2Zcds.com Enhanced DVD [8/2009] for $14.95
Rialto Media DVD 'featuring original 1920 score' [12/2007] for $17.98
Image Ent. b&w DVD [1/99] for $22.49
Delta {shortened} DVD [11/2005] out of prodn/used
United American Video b&w VHS [6/89] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Don Q, Son of Zorro" [United Artists June 1925]
black poster for Don Q, Son of Zorro 1925 silent movie starring Douglas Fairbanks  
red poster for Don Q, Son of Zorro 1925 silent movie starring Douglas Fairbanks  
Don Cesar de Vega, son of the legendary Zorro of California, studies at school in Spain; his rival for the hand of the lovely Dolores de Muro frames Don Cesar for murder, but Don Cesar escapes and adopts the masked persona of his father, albeit using a whip instead of a sword. Produced by & starring Douglas Fairbanks; directed by Donald Crisp; loosely based on the 1909 novel "Don Q.'s Love Story"; also starring Mary Astor, Jack McDonald, Donald Crisp & Warner Oland
Reel Enterprises b&w DVD-R [3/2007] for $9.95
Kino Video b&w VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
11"x17" black poster {at left top} available for $14.99 at AllPosters.com
11"x17" red poster {at left} available for $14.99 at AllPosters.com
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Don Q's Love Story" [1909 novel] by Kate Prichard & Hesketh Prichard
Kessinger Publng 9x6 pb [5/2005] for $21.24
Kessinger Publng 9x6 hardcover [7/2007] for $32.64

"The Bold Caballero" [Republic Pictures Dec 1936]
Bold Caballero movie starring Robert Livingston  Filmed in Magnacolor; Zorro is captured and set for execution for the murder of the new Governor of California, but he escapes and proves to the Governor's lovely daughter that the oppressive Commandante did the murder. Written & directed by Wells Root; starring Robert Livingston, Heather Angel, Sig Ruman, Ian Wolfe, Robert Warwick, Emily Fitzroy, Charles Stevens, Chris-Pin Martin, Carlos De Valdez, Yakima Canutt & Iron Eyes Cody
Alpha Home Ent. color DVD [6/2008] for $7.98
Republic Pictures color VHS [6/98] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Zorro 3-movie pack on VHS  'Zorro' 3-Pack on VHS [1998]
contains "The Bold Caballero: A Zorro Adventure" [1936] in color, starring Robert Livingston; "Zorro Rides Again" 12-chapter film serial [1937] starring John Carroll; and "Ghost of Zorro" 12-chapter film serial [1949] starring Clayton Moore
equivalent DVD/Blu-ray set not available
Republic Pictures color/b&w VHS set [6/98] 3 tapes - out of prodn/used

"Zorro Rides Again"
12-chapter film serial [Republic Pictures Nov 1937]
poster for Chapter 3 of 'Zorro Rides Again' 1937 film serial   Construction of the California-Yucatan Railroad is blocked by terrorists hired by profiteers; the aged co-owner asks for help from his nephew, the great-grandson of the original Zorro, who seems more adept at golf than at derring-do. "Can one black-clad man on horseback defeat a gang supplied with airplanes and machine guns?" Chapter Titles: 1. Death From The Sky; 2. The Fatal Minute, 3. Jugger-naut; 4. Unmasked; 5. Sky Pirates; 6. The Fatal Shot; 7. Burning Embers; 8. Plunge of Peril; 9. Tunnel of Terror; 10. Trapped; 11. Right of Way; and 12. Retribution Directed by John English & William Witney; starring John Carroll, Helen Christian, Noah Beery, Reed Howes, Duncan Renaldo, Richard Alexander, Nigel De Brulier, Chris-Pin Martin, Jason Robards Sr. & Pair o' Dice the Horse
Echo Bridge Home Ent. b&w DVD [4/2003] for $4.98
Direct Source Label b&w DVD [7/2006] for $5.98
Marengo Films b&w DVD [6/2004] for $9.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

more serials on the Silent & Sound Movie Serials Pages at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

"Zorro's Fighting Legion"
12-chapter film serial [Republic Pictures Dec 1939]
poster for Chapter 1 of 'Zorro's Fighting Legion' 1939 film serial  In 1824, a man clad in full-metal, golden-colored armor unites with the Yaqui Indians and starts a war to become Emperor of Mexico; a band of Legionnaires who took up the fight against the usurper ask Don Diego/Zorro to join them. Chapter Titles: 1. The Golden God; 2. The Flaming 'Z'; 3. Descending Doom; 4. The Bridge of Peril; 5. The Decoy; 6. Zorro To The Rescue; 7. The Fugitive; 8. Flowing Death; 9. The Golden Arrow; 10. Mystery Wagon; 11. Face To Face; and 12. Unmasked Directed by John English & William Witney; starring Reed Hadley, Sheila Darcy, William Corson, Leander De Cordova, Edmund Cobb, John Merton, Buddy Baer, C. Montague Shaw, Budd Buster, Carleton Young {as Benito Juarez}, Guy D'Ennery, Paul Marion, Joe Molina & Helen Mitchel
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [3/2008] for $7.98
R.O.A.N. b&w DVD [6/2004] for $13.49
Republic Picturesb&w VHS [5/95] 2 tapes - out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

more serials on the Silent & Sound Movie Serials Pages at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

"The Mark of Zorro" [Fox Nov 1940]
The Mark of Zorro 1940 sound movie starring Tyrone Power  A talented swordsman & aristocrat returns from Madrid to Mexican California to find that his father is replaced as alcalde by an oppressive tyrant; hiding his abilities, young Don Diego assumes the persona of a fop – and then secretly rides as the masked avenger El Zorro. Executive produced by Darryl F. Zanuck; directed by Rouben Mamoulian; starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette, J. Edward Bromberg, Montagu Love, George Regas, Chris-Pin Martin, Robert Lowery & Janet Beecher; listed on the National Film Registry (2009)
Fox Special Edition DVD {both colorized and restored b&w versions} [10/2005] for $12.49
Fox b&w DVD [10/2003] out of prodn/used
Fox b&w VHS [4/93] out of prodn/many used
11"x17" 'embrace' poster {at left} available for $14.99 at AllPosters.com
11"x17" 'mask' poster available for $14.99 at AllPosters.com
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"El Zorro de Jalisco" [Mexico Feb 1941]
El Zorro de Jalisco 1941 Spanish-language feature starring Pedro Armendariz  Spanish-language b&w feature; two-gun Zorro saves the hacienda of his girlfriend from the bad guys. Written & directed by José Benavides hijo; starring Pedro Armendariz, Emilio 'Indio' Fernandez, Consuelo de Alba, Alfonso Bedoya, Lucha Reyes & Agustin Isunza
Vanguard Cinema b&w DVD [7/2007] for $5.99
EastWest Video b&w DVD [5/2005] for $17.98
Vanguard Cinema b&w DVD [12/2004] for $17.99
credits at IMDb

"Zorro's Black Whip"
12-chapter film serial [Republic Pictures Nov 1944]
Zorro's Black Whip 1944 film serial starring Linda Stirling  In Idaho Territory circa 1890, a local tyrant kills the newspaper owner for promoting statehood; the dead man's sister dons a mask & cape and uses her whip to wreak vengeance against the bad guys, aided by a handsome government agent. Chapter Titles: 1. The Masked Avenger; 2. Tomb of Terror; 3. Mob Murder; 4. Detour To Death; 5. Take Off That Mask!; 6. Fatal Gold; 7. Wolf Pack; 8. The Invisible Victim; 9. Avalanche; 10. Fangs of Doom; 11. Flaming Juggernaut; and 12. Trail of Tyranny Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet & Wallace Grissell; starring Linda Stirling, George J. Lewis, Lucien Littlefield & Francis McDonald
Echo Bridge Home Ent. b&w DVD [4/2003] for $4.98
Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [11/2007] 2 disks for $15.96
Republic Pictures b&w VHS [5/95] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipediawatch all 12 episodes free online at Internet Archive

more serials on the Silent & Sound Movie Serials Pages at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

Zorro Cliffhanger Collection DVD box set  "Zorro Cliffhanger Collection, 1937-44" DVD Box Set
V.C.I. Video b&w DVD [12/2003] for $26.99
Passport Video {lesser quality} b&w DVD [1/2006] 5 disks for $13.49
contains three 12-chapter serials: "Zorro Rides Again" [1937] starring
John Carroll; "Zorro's Fighting Legion" [1939] starring Reed Hadley; and
"Zorro's Black Whip" [1944] starring Linda Stirling; extras include trailers
& actor bios

more serials on the Silent & Sound Movie Serials Pages at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store

"Son of Zorro" 13-chapter sound serial
[Republic Pictures Jan 1947]
1947 Son of Zorro 13-chapter sound serial starring George Turner  Returning after the Civil War, a young attorney finds his hometown gripped by crooked politicians; legal methods fail, so he dons the costume of his ancestor El Zorro. Chapter titles: 1. Outlaw Country; 2. The Deadly Millstone; 3. Fugitive From Injustice; 4. Buried Alive; 5. Water Trap; 6. Volley of Death; 7. The Fatal Records; 8. Third Degree; 9. Shoot To Kill; 10. Den of The Beast; 11. The Devil's Trap; 12. Blazing Walls; and 13. Checkmate Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet & Fred C. Brannon; starring George Turner, Stanley Price, Peggy Stewart, Roy Barcroft, Ed Cassidy, Ernie Adams, Ken Terrell & Edmund Cobb
b&w remastered DVD [undated] 2 disks - out of prodn/scarce
Republic Pictures VHS [5/95] 2 tapes for $11.48
full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

"Ghost of Zorro" 12-chapter film serial [1949] starring Clayton Moore

more serials on the Silent & Sound Movie Serials Pages at Magic Lantern Video & Book Store


logo for Walt Disney's Zorro TV series

"Zorro" TV series [1957-61]
Guy Williams starred as Zorro in the Disney TV series for two seasons on A.B.C. (78 half-hour episodes,
Oct 1957 to July 1958) and in four one-hour TV movies (Oct 1960 to April 1961).
series credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia

Zorro Television Companion book by Gerry Dooley  
"The Zorro Television Companion: A Critical
Appreciation" [2005] by Gerry Dooley

McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [9/2005] for $45.00

BC's Zorro TV series fansite
'Zorro' TV posters category at AllPosters.com

Walt Disney Zorro Complete First Season   "Walt Disney Treasures: Zorro - The Complete First Season" [11/2009]
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. b&w DVD set [11/2009] 6 disks for $243.89
contains all 39 episodes, digitally-restored; extras include introductions by Leonard Maltin; a 1957 clip from the "Disneyland" TV series of Walt telling the Mouseketeers about the new "Zorro" TV series; "The Life and Legend of Zorro" featurette; and two hour-long 1960 TV movies, both featuring Rita Moreno & Gilbert Roland
"Walt Disney Treasures: Zorro - The Complete Second Season" [11/2009]
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. b&w DVD set [11/2009] 6 disks for $147.97
contains all 39 episodes, digitally-restored; extras include introductions by Leonard Maltin; "Behind The Mask" featurette; and two hour-long 1961 TV movies, one featuring Annette Funicello, the other Ricardo Montalban
"Walt Disney's Zorro: Complete First Season & Complete Second Season"
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. b&w DVD combo [2009] out of prodn/scarce

"The Sign of Zorro" [1958] /tt0054307/
made from eight episodes of the TV series and released as a feature film
http://www.amazon.com/Sign-Zorro-VHS-Guy-Williams/dp/6301707745/

"Zorro The Avenger" [1959]
another theatrical compilation of several Zorro TV episodes

"Behind The Mask" featurette [pre-2009]
"The Life and Legend of Zorro" featurette [pre-2009]
each is included on one of the "Disney Treasures: Zorro" DVD packages; other info unknown

studio portrait photo poster of unmasked Guy Williams in costume as 'Zorro'  
Guy Williams [1924-89]: IMDb listing
http://www.amazon.com/Guy-Williams-Man-Behind-Mask/dp/159393016X/
http://www.guywilliams.net/a/1958.lifemag.htm

"The Shadow of Zorro (L'Ombra di Zorro)" [Spain 1962]
starring Frank Latimore • credits at IMDb

"Le Tre Spade di Zorro (The Three Swords of Zorro)"
[Spain 1963] /tt0057602/ starring Guy Stockwell, Gloria Milland, Mikaela, Antonio Prieto
http://www.amazon.com/Three-Swords-Zorro-Guy-Stockwell/dp/B000056NNS/

"Zorro The Avenger (La Venganza del Zorro)" [Spain 1964]
starring Frank Latimore • credits at IMDb

"Zorro The Rebel (Zorro il Ribelle)" [Italy Sept 1966}
Co-written & directed by Piero Pierotti; starring Howard Ross • credits at IMDb

"Zorro The Fox" [Italy Nov 1968]
starring George Ardisson • credits at IMDb

"The Nephews of Zorro (I Nipoti di Zorro)" [Italy Dec 1968]
The Nephews of Zorro 1968 movie from Italy  Filmed at Cinecittà Studios in Rome, Italy & at Monte Gelato Falls, Treja River, Lazio, Italy; two bunglers from Sicily {Franco e Ciccio} travel to California hoping to find gold and instead meet the rebel El Zorro.
Co-written & directed by Marcello Ciorciolini; co-written by Roberto Gianviti, Vittorio Metz & Dino Verde; starring Dean Reed {as Zorro}, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Agata Flori, Ivano Staccioli, Ignazio Spalla, Mario Maranzana, Franco Fantasia, Enzo Andronico, Lino Banfi, Giorgio Cholet, Umberto D'Orsi, Andrea Fantasia, Evi Farinelli, Antonietta Fiorito, Carlo Gaddi, Veriano Ginesi, Fidel Gonzáles, Adriano Micantoni, Brizio Montinaro, Riccardo Pizzuti, Carlo Taranto, Sergio Testori, Clemente Ukmar
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb
watch full movie, in Italian, no subtitles [3/2014 upload; 1:32:03] online at YouTube

"The Mark of Zorro" [Fox/ABC-TV Oct 1974]
TV remake of the 1940 film; starring Frank Langella, Ricardo Montalban & Gilbert Roland • full credits at IMDb

"La Gran Aventura del Zorro" [Mexico 1974]
starring Rodolfo de Anda, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Jorge Arvizu, Helena Rojo, Jorge Russek
http://www.amazon.com/Aventura-Zorro-Zorros-Great-Adventure/dp/B000VXWKAY/

"Dream of Zorro (Il sogno di Zorro)" [Italy 1975]
aka "Grandsons of Zorro" in USA; starring Franco Franchi • credits at IMDb

"Zorro" [Italy March 1975, USA June 1976]
 1975 Zorro movie starring Alain Delon  The new governor of Alta California arrives to find that the dangerous tyrant Col. Huerta is running things; so he pretends to be a fop and secretly rides at night as the rebel El Zorro to fight for justice.
Directed by Duccio Tessari; written by Giorgio Arlorio; starring Alain Delon, Stanley Baker, Ottavia Piccolo & Moustache
there seems to be no full-length Region 1 DVD available {as-of 7/2012}
United American Video 88-minute color DVD [8/2005] for $38.89
Passion Prodns 88-minute color VHS-copied-to-DVD [2003] for $13.40
Parade Video 124-minute color VHS [11/98] for $1.99 {sic}
GoodTimes Video 86-minute color VHS [undated] for $7.77
full credits at IMDb

"The Tarzan / Lone Ranger / Zorro Adventure Hour" animated series
[Filmation/CBS-TV 1980-82]
Hour-long TV series from Filmation that ran on C.B.S. for two seasons. "Tarzan" and "Lone Ranger" segments ran both years, with "Zorro" segments
mixed in during the second year. Voice actors include William Conrad as The Lone Ranger, Ivan Naranjo as Tonto; Robert Ridgely as Tarzan;
Henry Darrow as Don Diego (El Zorro), Eric Mason as Capt. Ramon, Don Diamond as Sgt. Gonzalez, Socorro Valdez as Gov. Garcia
series credits at IMDbseries entry at Wikipedia
official 'Lone Ranger' series sales site [26 half-hour episodes]
official 'Zorro' series sales site [13 half-hour episodes]
the Filmation 'Tarzan' episodes are tightly controlled by the Burroughs estate

New Adventures of Zorro on DVD  "The New Adventures of Zorro" on DVD [2012]
Classic Media color DVD [7/2012] for $5.99
contains all 13 half-hour TV episodes: "Three's A Crowd", "Flash Flood", "The Blockade", "The Frame", "Turnabout", "The Tyrant", "Terremoto!", "The Trap", "Fort Ramon", "The Takeover", "Double Trouble",
"The Conspiracy", and "Mysterious Traveler"
New Adventures of the Lone Ranger & Zorro on DVD  "The New Adventures of The Lone Ranger and Zorro" [2007]
Volume 1: B.C.I./Eclipse color DVD [12/2007] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
contains eleven animated "Lone Ranger" episodes: "The Runaway", "Hanga The Night Monster", "Yellowstone Conspiracy", "The President Plot", "The Great Balloon Race", "The Escape", "The Valley of Gold", "Tall Timber", "Blowout!", "The Abduction of Tom Sawyer" {featuring Samuel Clemens}, "The Black Mare"; and six animated "Zorro" episodes": "Three's A Crowd", "Flash Flood", "The Blockade", "The Frame", "Turnabout", and "The Tyrant"; bonus features include short interviews with Filmation co-founder Lou Scheimer and with 'Zorro' writer Robbie London
Volume 2: Navarre Corp. color DVD [7/2008] 2 disks for $13.48
contains eleven more animated "Lone Ranger" episodes and seven more animated "Zorro" episodes

"Zorro, The Gay Blade" [1981 parody]
starring George Hamilton, Lauren Hutton, Brenda Vaccaro, Ron Leibman /tt0083366/
http://www.amazon.com/Zorro-Gay-Blade-Dean/dp/0843910070/

"The New World Zorro" TV series [Family Channel 1990-1993]
88 episodes shot entirely in Madrid, Spain; starring Duncan Regehr as Don Diego/Zorro, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. then
Henry Darrow as Diego's father, and Patrice Camhi Martinez as love-interest Victoria, with Juan Diego Botto,
Daniel Craig, Andre the Giant, Philip Michael Thomas, Jesse Ventura, Adam West, and Tornado the Horse

JW's "New World Zorro" TV Series fansite

Zorro Complete Series starring Duncan Regehr DVD box set  "Zorro: The Complete Series" DVD Box Set [2011]
A&E Home Video color DVD set [1/2011] 15 disks for $41.99
contains all 88 episodes in color; bonus features include: the original, never-before-released pilot for the "New World Zorro" series (starring Patrick James); the silent film "The Mark of Zorro" [1920] starring Douglas Fairbanks; Chapter 1 of the theatrical serial "Zorro's Fighting Legion" [1939] starring Reed Hadley; trailers for the serials "Zorro's Fighting Legion', "Zorro's Black Whip" [1944], and "Zorro Rides Again" [1937]; and a photo gallery from the "New World Zorro" TV series

"The Mask of Zorro" [1998] starring Antonio Banderas & Anthony Hopkins
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ASIN=B002PQKNR2
http://www.amazon.com/Mask-Zorro-Deluxe-Antonio-Banderas/dp/B000ARXF96/
http://www.amazon.com/Mask-Zorro-Superbit-Deluxe-Collection/dp/B00006CXGN/
"The Mask of Zorro: A Novelization" [Pocket YA 1998] by Frank Lauria
"The Mask Of Zorro" adult novelization [Pocket 1998] by Jim Luceno

"The Mask of Zorro (La Máscara de Zorro)" [Mexico 2000]
starring both Bruno Bichir & Mario Colli as Zorro • bare credits at IMDb

"The Amazing Zorro" TV animated film [2002]
created by DIC Entertainment for Nickelodeon
http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Zorro/dp/B0011Z5NNW/

"Zorro Reborn: The Legend of Zorro" [2005]
starring Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rufus Sewell, Alberto Reyes
http://www.amazon.com/Legend-Zorro-Blu-ray-Antonio-Banderas/dp/B000WGYMB0/
The Legend of Zorro (Mass Market Paperback) ~ Scott Ciencin /0060833041/

"Zorro: La Espada y La Rosa" Spanish-language telenovela [2007] /tt0841921/

"Zorro" TV series [Philippines March 2009] /tt1403039/

"Zorro Reborn" aka "Zorro 2110" [Fox - in pre-production?]  
Announced 4/2011: The script by Lee Shipman & Brian McGreevy sets the legendary hero on a quest for justice
in the post-apocalyptic future; added 2/2013: Ricardo de Montreuil is attached to direct actor Gael García Bernal
{PROBLEM?: actor Bernal stands only 5-foot 7-inches - or less - tall!} • latest info at IMDb
partisan commentary at 'Hollywood Leaks' website (undated)


Johnston  McCulley [1883-1958]
Johnston McCulley entry at Wikipedia
Johnston McCulley bibliography at Wikipedia
browse all Johnston McCulley books & ebooks
Johnston McCulley credits [1918-2009] at Internet Movie Database

Johnston McCulley Page at The Spirit of America Bookstore

Johnston McCulley's first solid literary success was the five Zorro magazine stories printed in 1919; they were combined
in the novella "The Curse of Capistrano" [Grosset & Dunlap 1919] and reissued as "The Mark of Zorro" in 1924

"The Curse of Capistrano" stories in All-Story Weekly Magazine,
in August 9, 16, 23, & 30 and September 6 of 1919

Curse of Capistrano novella by Johnston McCulley  "The Curse of Capistrano" [Grosset & Dunlap 1919]
rewrite of the five magazine stories as a novells

Dodo Press 8¾x6 pb [10/2008] for $19.99
CreateSpace 10x7 pb [2/2010] for $10.08

"The Further Adventures of Zorro" serial in Argosy All-Story Weekly Magazine, May-June 1922

Mark of Zorro novella by Johnston McCulley  "The Mark of Zorro" [1924]
reissue of "The Curse of Capistrano" [1919] above; minor changes
included specific mention of the black-mask-and-cape costume
designed by Douglas Fairbanks
Kindle Edition from Old LandMark Publng [4/2008] for $1.99
Forge Books mass pb [5/98] for $5.99
Townsend Library Edition ABR mass pb [5/2007] for $4.95
Buccaneer Books 8½x6 library hardcover [5/76] for $17.95
Skyview Books 8¼x6 library hardcover [YA ages 9-12; 1/2009] for $28.50

"The Sword of Zorro" novel [L. Harper Allen 1928] by Johnston McCulley
appears to be another reprint of "The Curse of Capistrano"; extremely scarce

"Zorro Rides Again" serial in Argosy Magazine, Oct 1931
"Zorro Saves A Friend" in Argosy Magazine, Nov 1932
"Zorro Hunts A Jackal" in Argosy Magazine, April 1933 (aka 'Zorro Hunts By Night')
"Zorro Deals With Treason" in Argosy Magazine, Aug 1934
"Mysterious Don Miguel" serial in Argosy Weekly, Sept 1935
"Zorro Deals With Treason" in Cavalier Classics Magazine, July 1940
"Zorro Hunts By Night" in Cavalier Classics Magazine, Sept 1940 (aka 'Zorro Hunts A Jackal')
"The Sign of Zorro" serial in Argosy Magazine, Jan-Feb 1941
"Zorro Draws His Blade" in West Magazine, July 1944
"Zorro Upsets A Plot" in West Magazine, Sept 1944
"Zorro Strikes Again" in West Magazine, Nov 1944
"Zorro Saves A Herd" in West Magazine, Jan 1945
"Zorro Runs The Gauntlet" in West Magazine, March 1945
"Zorro Fights A Duel" in West Magazine, May 1945
"Zorro Opens A Cage" in West Magazine, July 1945
"Zorro Prevents A War" in West Magazine, Sept 1945
"Zorro Fights A Friend" in West Magazine, Oct 1945
"Zorro's Hour of Peril" in West Magazine, Nov 1945
"Zorro Lays A Ghost" in West Magazine, Dec 1945
"Zorro Frees Some Slaves" in West Magazine, Jan 1946
"Zorro's Double Danger" in West Magazine, Feb 1946
"Zorro's Masquerade" in West Magazine, March 1946
"Zorro Stops A Panic" in West Magazine, April 1946
"Zorro's Twin Perils" in West Magazine, May 1946
"Zorro Plucks A Pigeon" in West Magazine, June 1946
"Zorro Rides At Dawn" in West Magazine, July 1946
"Zorro Takes The Bait" in West Magazine, Aug 1946
"Zorro Raids A Caravan" in West Magazine, Oct 1946
"Zorro's Moment of Fear" in West Magazine, Jan 1947
"Zorro Saves His Honor" in West Magazine, Feb 1947
"Zorro and The Pirate" in West Magazine, March 1947
"Zorro Beats The Drum" in West Magazine, April 1947
"Zorro's Strange Duel" in West Magazine, May 1947
"A Task For Zorro" serial? in West Magazine, June 1947
"Zorro's Masked Menace" in West Magazine, July 1947
"Zorro Aids An Invalid" in West Magazine, Aug 1947
"Zorro Saves An American" in West Magazine, Sept 1947
"Zorro Meets A Rogue" in West Magazine, Oct 1947
"Zorro Races With Death" in West Magazine, Nov 1947
"Zorro Fights For Peace" in West Magazine, Dec 1947
"Zorro Starts The New Year" in West Magazine, Jan 1948
"Zorro Serenades A Siren" in West Magazine, Feb 1948
"Zorro Meets A Wizard" in West Magazine, March 1948
"Zorro Fights With Fire" in West Magazine, April 1948
"Gold For A Tyrant" in West Magazine, May 1948
"The Hide Hunter" in West Magazine, July 1948
"Zorro Shears Some Wolves" in West Magazine, Sept 1948
"The Face Behind The Mask" in West Magazine, Nov 1948
"Hangnoose Reward" in West Magazine, March 1949
"Zorro's Hostile Friends" in West Magazine, May 1949
"Zorro's Hot Tortillas" in West Magazine, July 1949
"An Ambush For Zorro" in West Magazine, Sept 1949
"Zorro Gives Evidence" in West Magazine, Nov 1949
"Rancho Marauders" in West Magazine, Jan 1950
"Zorro's Stolen Steed" in West Magazine, March 1950
"Zorro Curbs A Riot" in West Magazine, Sept 1950
"The Three Strange Peons" in West Magazine, Nov 1950
"Zorro Nabs A Cutthroat" in West Magazine, Jan 1951
"Zorro Gathers Taxes" in West Magazine, March 1951
"Zorro's Fight For Life" in West Magazine, July 1951
"Zorro Rides The Trail!" in Max Brand’s Western Magazine, May 1954
"The Mask of Zorro" in Short Stories For Men, April 1959

Zorro stories by Johnston McCulley Masters Edition collection  
Zorro Masters Edition story collection - back cover  
"Johnston McCulley's Zorro: The Masters Edition" [2000]
Volume 1, 1932-44: Pulp Adventures 11¼x9½ pb [3/2000] out of print/used
The stories included are "Zorro Saves A Friend", "Zorro Hunts A Jackal", "Zorro Deals With Treason", "Mysterious Don Miguel", "Zorro Draws His Blade", and "Zorro Upsets A Plot"; also contains a checklist of all Zorro stories in pulp magazines
Volume 2, 1944-46: Pulp Adventures 10¾x8¼ pb [2/2002] out of print/used
Ten short stories and one novelette: "Zorro Strikes Again", "Zorro Saves A Herd", "Zorro Runs The Gauntlet", "Zorro Fights A Duel", "Zorro Opens A Cage", "Zorro Prevents A War", "Zorro Fights A Friend", "Zorro's Hour of Peril", "Zorro Lays A Ghost", "Zorro Frees Some Slaves", and "Zorro's Double Danger"; also contains a checklist of all Zorro stories in pulp magazines
Volume 3: "A Task For Zorro" novel [1947]
Pulp Adventures pb [7/2002] out of print/extremely scarce
Full-length novel; someone is slaughtering the cattle owned by the mission fathers, and among the suspects are rascally Don Marcos Vargas, the mysterious Americano Barney Burke – and the bandit El Zorro!; also contains a checklist of all Zorro stories in pulp magazines

'El Zorro' Novels & Stories
by Other Authors

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Walt Disney's Zorro Little Golden Book  Walt Disney's Zorro Little Golden Book  "Walt Disney's Zorro Little Golden Book" [1958]
Written by Charles Spain Verral, Illustrated by John Steel

Little Golden Book blue cover [1958] out of print/used
Little Golden Book blue cover [1958] out of print/used
Little Golden Book yellow cover [1958] out of print/used
"Walt Disney's Zorro and The Secret Plan" [1958]
Written by Charles Spain Verral, Illustrated by John Steel

Little Golden Book blue cover [1958] out of print/used

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YA novel "The Mark of Zorro" [Pocket 1998] by Frank Luria
YA novel "Zorro and The Jaguar Warriors" [Pocket 1998] by Jerome Preisler
YA novel "Zorro and The Dragon Riders" [Pocket 1999] by David Bergantino
YA novel "Zorro and The Witch's Curse" [Pocket 2000] by John Whitman
http://www.amazon.com/Zorro-Witchs-Curse-Graphic-Novels/dp/0812567692/
http://www.amazon.com/El-Zorro-Leer-Aprender-Spanish/dp/8853007842/

Thienemann in Germany originally published 7 novelizations based loosely on the New World television series.
These books were written by Sandra R. Curtis, and have been published in 7 languages thus far.
http://www.amazon.com/Zorro-Unmasked-Official-Sandra-Curtis/dp/0786882859/

Zorro and The Pirate Raiders YA book by D.J. Arneson  "Zorro and The Pirate Raiders" [ages 9-12; 1986]
by D.J. Arneson, 'adapted from a story by Johnston McCulley'

also includes "Zorro Rides Again"
Bantam mass pb [1986] out of print/used
"Zorro and The Pirate Raiders" radio play [2009]
Colonial Radio Theatre On The Air adaptation based on the book by D.J. Arneson
downloadable 153-minute MP3 [2010] for $9.99 available from Spoken Network
Zorro Complete Classic Adventures comics by Alex Toth  "Zorro: The Complete Classic Adventures" [1990]
comic art by Alex Toth

Volume 1: Eclipse Books 11x8¾ pb [6/90] out of print/used
Volume 2: Eclipse Books 11x8¾ pb [6/90] out of print/used

http://www.amazon.com/Unmasking-Zorro-Darah-Lace/dp/1601547668/
Young Zorro (Hardcover) /B001DU0MEA/ /0060839457/

Zorro books by Don McGregor
http://www.amazon.com/Zorro-Matanzas-SC-Don-McGregor/dp/1606901478/
http://www.amazon.com/ZORRO-MATANZAS-2-Don-McGregor/dp/B0032NXM6G/
http://www.amazon.com/Zorro-Matazanas-3-Don-McGregor/dp/B003FBMTZ0/

three additional Zorro junior novels based on the movie characters which tell original stories:
ZORRO:The Treasure of Don Diego (1998) by William McCay /0671519689/
ZORRO: The Secret Swordsman (1999) by William McCay /0671519697/
ZORRO: Skull and Crossbones (1999) by Frank Luria

Zorro mock biography by Isabel Allende  "Zorro: A Novel" [2005] by Isabel Allende
a mock biography by the 'magical realist' author, formerly of Chile
Harper Perennial 8x5¼ pb [4/2006] for $10.17
Debolsillo Spanish-language 7½x5 pb [8/2006] out of print/used
Harper BOMC Edition 8x5½ pb [8/2005] out of print/used
HarperCollins 9x6½ hardcover [5/2005] for $22.18
HarperAudio UNABR audio CD [4/2006] for $19.95
book entry at Wikipedia
Tales of Zorro anthology edited by Richard Dean Starr  "Tales of Zorro" anthology [2008] Edited by Richard Dean Starr
The first-ever anthology of original Zorro short fiction; 17 stories & 3 essays, by Isabel Allende, Max Allan Collins, Loren D. Estleman, Ed Gorman, Robert Greenberger, Nancy Holder, Wendy Hornsby, editor Starr, and others
Moonstone Books 9x6 pb [6/2008] for $18.27
Moonstone Books hardcover [6/2010] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipedia
Zorro 1 graphic novel by Matt Wagner & Francesco Francavilla  "Zorro, Volume 1" graphic novel [2009]
Based on the novel by Isabel Allende; story by Matt Wagner, art by Francesco Francavilla

Dynamite Ent. 10x6½ pb [2/2009] for $15.09
Dynamite Ent. 10¼x6¾ hardcover [3/2009] for $26.99
Dynamite Ent. 10¼x6¾ hardcover [12/2008] out of print/used
Zorro 2: Clashing Blades graphic novel by Matt Wagner, Cezar Rezik & Francesco Francavilla  "Zorro, Volume 2: Clashing Blades" graphic novel [2010]
Based on the novel by Isabel Allende; story by Matt Wagner, art by Cezar Rezik & Francesco Francavilla

Dynamite Ent. 10x6½ pb [9/2010] for $15.81
Dynamite Ent. 10¼x6½ hardcover [3/2010] for $19.04
More Tales of Zorro anthology edited by Richard Dean Starr  "More Tales of Zorro" [2011] Edited by Richard Dean Starr
second anthology of original Zorro short fiction; 15 stories by Matthew Baugh, Johnny D. Boggs, Carole Nelson Douglas, Win Scott Eckert, Jennifer Fallon, Alan Dean Foster, Jean Schanberger, editor Richard Dean Starr, and others
Moonstone Books 9x6 pb [4/2011] for $16.31
Zorro 3: Tales of The Fox graphic novel by Matt Wagner, Francesco Francavilla  "Zorro, Volume 3: Tales of The Fox" graphic novel [2011]
Based on the novel by Isabel Allende; story by Matt Wagner, art by Francesco Francavilla

Dynamite Ent. 10x6½ pb [11/2011] for $15.04
Zorro Rides Again graphic novel by Matt Wagner, Francesco Francavilla  "Zorro Rides Again!" graphic novel [2012]
Story by Matt Wagner, art by Esteve Polls

Volume 1 (6 issues): Dynamite Ent. 10x6½ pb [6/2012] for $15.53

Works About 'El Zorro'

Zorro, Mark of The Z documentary from A&E Biography  "Zorro: Mark of The Z" documentary [A&E Biography June 1996]
Hosted by Jack Perkins, featuring cartoonist Bob Kane, author Johnston McCulley, Steven Spielberg & actor Guy Williams
A&E Home Video color DVD [6/96] for $24.95
full credits at IMDb
Zorro Unmasked: The Official History book by Sandra R. Curtis  "Zorro Unmasked: The Official History" [1998]
by Sandra R. Curtis

includes the making of "The Mask of Zorro"; with 75 photos & illustrations
Hyperion Books 9¼x6¼ pb [7/98] out of print/many used
Many Faces of Zorro documentary video from Passport  "The Many Faces of Zorro" documentary video [Passport Intl. Ent. May 2000]
feature-length main documentary, plus "Insights on Sword Training" with 'sword master' Tim Weske, "Insights on Whip Training" with 'whip master' Anthony De Longis, and interviews with Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas & Catherine Zeta-Jones Written & directed by Phillip Dye; with archive footage of Alain Delon, Douglas Fairbanks, Reed Hadley, Tyrone Power & Linda Stirling
K.R.B. Music color DVD [3/2006] for $5.99
Passport Video color DVD [5/2000] for $7.98
full credits at IMDb
Guide to Zorro Collectibles book by Rochelle Dubrow  
"A Guide To Zorro Collectibles From The 50s & 60s" [2005]
by Rochelle Dubrow

BearManor Media 9x5¾ 2nd edition pb [7/2008] for $24.95
Cork Hill Press 11x8 pb [7/2005] out of print/used
Behind The Mask of Zorro documentary feature from History Channel  "Behind The Mask of Zorro" documentary feature [History Channel Nov 2005]
A combination of interviews and scripted scenes. Co-produced, written & directed by Barbara Martinez Jitner; narrated by Esai Morales; featuring Isabel Allende & Antonio Banderas; starring Valeria Andrews, Alexandra Barreto, Jesse Borrego, Eloy Casados, Pete Leal, Jackson Lee, Eddy Martin, Heather Montanez & Luis Robledo
A&E Home Video color DVD [7/2008] for $29.95
full credits at IMDb

Other Media

Z The Masked Musical stageplay by Robert W. Cabell   "Z: The Masked Musical" [1996] by Robert W. Cabell
featuring Roberto Blades, Deborah Gibson, Ruben Gomez, Kay Ballard, Dan Conroy, Michael DeVries, Tito Enriquez, Robert Evan, Lynn Halverson, Mark Kudisch, Jodie Langel, Jeff McCarthy, Sean McDermott, Phyllis Newman & Christiane Noll
Get Z'd Prodns concept performance on audio CD [7/2008] 20 tracks - out of prodn/used
R.W.C. Twin Prodns concept performance MP3 album [5/99] 20 tracks for $8.99
Zorro: The Musical by Stephen Clark & The Gipsy Kings  "Zorro: The Musical" [2008-2009]
Book & lyrics by Stephen Clark; music by The Gipsy Kings band
& John Cameron; illusions by Paul Kieve & Scott Penrose

Warner Music original cast recording CD [11/2008] for $21.70
London stage musical official site
stage musical entry at Wikipedia

Official Zorro Sword {as used in the recent movies}
by Marto of Toledo, Spain
stainless steel sword with silver finish & faux black leather details, 39 inches overall
list price was $839.99 {sic}, now available only via third party

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Zorro and the Pirate Raiders radio dramatization from Colonial Radio Theatre  "Zorro and The Pirate Raiders: A Radio Dramatization" [2010]
from Colonial Radio Theatre

Brilliance Audio UNABR audio CD [11/2010] for $9.99
Vicious Captain Ramon kidnaps the daughter of a wealthy ranchero, hoping to use her to trap Zorro; this leads to flashing swords and booming cannon in noisy battles on land and sea; 155-minute radio play directed by Jerry Robbins; written by D.J. Arneson; starring Kevin Cirone, Shonna McEachern, Hugh Metzler
Zorro Rides Again radio dramatization from Colonial Radio Theatre  "Zorro Rides Again: A Radio Dramatization" [2011]
from Colonial Radio Theatre

Brilliance Audio UNABR audio CD [2/2011] for $9.99
Someone disguised as El Zorro is terrorizing innocent citizens, and the governor has put a price on Zorro's head and sent Captain Rucha to hunt him down; 126-minute radio play directed by Jerry Robbins; written by D.J. Arneson; starring Kevin Cirone, Shonna McEachern, Hugh Metzler
The Mark of Zorro audio dramatization from Zorro Productions  "The Mark of Zorro: A Full-Cast Audio Dramatization" [2011]
from Hollywood Theater of The Ear

Blackstone Audio UNABR audio CD [4/2011] for $14.96
Blackstone Audio UNABR library edition audio CD [4/2011] for $30.40
Based on the 1924 novel by Johnston McCulley; adapted & directed by Yuri Rasovsky; starring Val Kilmer, Elizabeth Peña, Meshack Taylor, Armin Shimerman, Phillip Proctor, Keith Szarabajka, Scott Brick, Ruth Livier & Stephan Rudnicki


Links
official Zorro website
'Zorro' entry at Wikipedia

JW's "Zorro: The Legend Through The Years" fansite
'Den of Zorro' online short stories [c. 2001]
high-quality 'Zorro' costumes for adults & kids
search DVDs on keyword 'zorro' at Amazon


Johnston McCulley [1883-1958] Page at Spirit of America Bookstore


Dell 'Zorro' comic cover, based on stories by Johnston McCulley            Argosy Magazine cover from July 1931 featuring Zorro short story by Johnston McCulley            Cavalier Classics Magazine cover from July 1940 featuring Zorro short story by Johnston McCulley            West Magazine cover from June 1947 featuring Zorro short story by Johnston McCulley

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