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|Zorro The Masked Avenger|
Actors: Robert Livingston, Reed Hadley, John Carroll, George J. Lewis, Clayton Moore
Genres: Action & Adventure, Television
Out of the old Spanish West comes the defender of the common people, the masked hero of the oppressed, Zorro! Relive the classic tales of our fabled foe of the Dons with these three classic movie serials from the Golden Ag... more »
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How're ya fixed for blades?
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 03/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The fictional character Zorro (Spanish for 'fox') first appeared in "The Curse of Capistrano," a five-part 1919 magazine series. Don Diego de la Vega (aka Zorro) was a nobleman and master swordsman who lived in Spanish and Mexican-era California. With his black cape and mask, fearless Zorro defended the people from various oppressors and outlaws, making his enemies look ridiculous in the process.
Zorro has a long cinematic history. "The Mark of Zorro" (1920) was the first-ever UNITED ARTISTS release. During the 1930s and '40s, Zorro was featured in both movies and serials. In 1949, TV's "Lone Ranger" (Clayton Moore) portrayed the Hispanic masked man in "Ghost of Zorro." DISNEY studios revived Zorro for television in the 1950s-- there was a series that was later shown episodically on the Mickey Mouse Club program. In 1981, George Hamilton played it campy in "Zorro - The Gay Blade," starring as both Don Diego and his fey brother, Bunny Wigglesworth. Late in the '90s, Antonio Banderas took up the tradition and Zorro's sword, mask and cape in two popular films.
MCE's ZORRO - The MASKED AVENGER consists of three 12-chapter movie serials and an hour-length film. This 1936 feature, "The Bold Caballero," was originally released in luscious Magnacolor. It is unfortunately presented here in b&w.
MILL CREEK box sets offer good-to-average-quality audio and video transfers of public domain material at a most reasonable price. Their ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD - The Complete First Season stars another unconquerable hero of the people along with his band of Merry Men in the classic 1950s TV show.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(5.2) The Bold Caballero (1936) - Robert Livingston/Heather Angel/Sig Ruman (uncredited: Iron Eyes Cody/Slim Whitaker/Chief Thundercloud/Yakima Canutt)
(5.4) Zorro's Black Whip (12-part serial-1944) - George J. Lewis/Linda Stirling/Lucien Littlefield/John Hamilton
(7.8) Zorro's Fighting Legion (12-part serial-1939) - Reed Hadley/Sheila Darcy/William Corson (uncredited: Clayton Moore/Yakima Canutt/Jason Robards Sr.)
(6.6) Zorro Rides Again (12-part serial-1937) - John Carroll/Helen Christian/Duncan Renaldo/Noah Beery (uncredited: Jason Robards Sr./Lane Chandler)
ZORRO'S BLACK WHIP - chapters:
#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 - #12) Trail of Treachery
ZORRO'S FIGHTING LEGION - chapters:
#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 - #12) Unmasked
ZORRO RIDES AGAIN - chapters:
#1) Death from the Sky - #2) The Fatal Minute - #3) Juggernaut - #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 - #12) Retribution"
The Bold Caballero - The Special Feature is worth the price
R. Donahue | Huachuca City, AZ United States | 05/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Robert Livingston's "The Bold Caballero" is worth the "Price of Admission" alone!!! If you enjoy Warner Oland's dark and dangerous Charlie Chan to the light hearted Sidney Toler - - - and - - - if you enjoy Gilbert Roland's Cisco Kid to Duncan Renaldo - you will most probably enjoy Robert Livingston's Zorro. Whereas Douglas Fairbanks takes a swashbuckling approach - and - Tyrone Power a "foppish" approach - Livingston is dangerous. Also it would be a vast understatement foe me to say that Heather Angle - as the leading lady - is second to none - as proven with her one-on-one scene with Sig Ruman. I could practically feel my "skin crackle" myself! As a general comment to the feature length films in this package - they all are of standard fare and recommended only for fans of the Republic Style Westerns. Although enjoyable - they are typical cliff-hangers. For instance I counted over one-hundred-twenty gun shots being fired from six pistols during the opening chase scene of Linda Stirling's: Zorro's Black Whip. Plus it was even more astounding to witness a resolute George Lewis endure at least one concussion per chapter and fare none-for-the-worse-for-wear. Again - I highly recommend for western serial buffs. One last comment. The Bold Caballero was originally filmed in both a red and green tint version - with only the green tint version surviving. If any film is a candidate for digital restoration and colorization - this is that film. I sure hope that Legend films sets its sights on this one."
WASTE WASTE WASTE OF MONEY!
T. Dascoli | Staten Island, N.Y. | 06/12/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Don't let the picture on the cover fool you. This is NOT Zorro! This is the Lone Ranger dressed in black with a goofy mask, and with two six guns and a whip. He doesn't even have a sword!!! I'm sorry, this baloney with cowboys riding around on horses with six shooters like the old west, and other people driving around in cars dressed in 1930's and 40's suits and clothing just doesn't do it for me. Never has. And this crock about how he is the real Zorros' great grandson. Phooey! Only one star because I can't give it minus stars. TOTAL JUNK!! I waited with great excitement for this thing too! And shame on who ever put that picture on the cover. And even more shame on who ever let them do it! Very misleading. Scumbags!!!"