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The Mark of Zorro
Director: Fred Niblo (Dir)
Release Date:   5 Dec 1920
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Cast: Douglas Fairbanks  (Don Diego Vega/Señor Zorro)
  Noah Beery  (Sergeant Pedro)
  Charles Hill Mailes  (Don Carlos Pulido)
 

Summary: When Don Diego Vega returns to Old California from school in Spain, he discovers the tyrannical governor Alvarado in power. Assuming the persona of an effeminate fop while secretly masquerading as Zorro, a masked bandit who robs the wealthy and gives to the poor, Diego attempts to restore justice. His true identity known only to his faithful servant Bernardo, Zorro outwits his enemies, wins over the soldiers to his case, forces the governor to abdicate and wins the affections of Lolita, a lovely aristocrat who is delighted to discover that her foppish fiancé Diego, whom she scorns, is actually a dashing hero. 

Distribution Company: United Artists Corp.
Production Company: Douglas Fairbanks Pictures Corp.
Director: Fred Niblo (Dir)
  Theodore Reed (Asst dir)
Producer: Douglas Fairbanks (Prod)
Writer: Eugene Miller (Scen)

Subject Major: Aristocrats
  California--History--To 1846
  Dandies
  Disguise
  Heroism
  Impersonation and imposture
 
Subject Minor: Abduction
  Juan Bautista Alvarado
  Governors
  Servants

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