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The Mark of Zorro (1940)



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The 1940 Tyrone Power version of The Mark of Zorro matches 1998's The Mask of Zorro as the best of the Zorro films; which you prefer will probably depend more on your preference of forties vs. nineties filmmaking styles. At any rate, The Mark of Zorro is a fantastic swashbuckling adventure story with an intelligent story, believable characters, and plenty of furious action scenes. The swordfights are fast-paced and credible; the villain is the deliciously evil Basil Rathbone, who reprises the same kind of character he played in The Adventures of Robin Hood two years earlier.

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