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Zorro - Secret identity of Spanish nobleman, Don Diego De La Vega featured on the Disney produced adventure ZORRO/ABC/1957-59.

Guy Williams as Zorro

Don Diego (Guy Williams) fought the political tyranny of early California in the guise of Zorro (Spanish for "Fox"), a black costumed swordsman who cut the letter "Z" into an enemy's clothing, stopping short of their skin. Zorro rode a black stallion named Tornado.


Theme Song Lyrics

Out of the night,
When the full moon is bright,
Comes the horseman known as Zorro.
This bold renegade
Carves a 'Z' with his blade,
A 'Z' that stands for Zorro.

Zorro, Zorro, the fox so cunning and free,
Zorro, Zorro, who makes the sign of the 'Z.'

He is polite,
But the wicked take flight
When they catch the sight of Zorro.
He's friend of the weak,
And the poor and the meek,
This very unique señor Zorro.

Zorro, Zorro, the fox so cunning and free,
Zorro, Zorro, who makes the sign of the Z.

Zorro, Zorro, Zorro, Zorro, Zorro.


Other TV adaptations of the Zorro legend included:

  • The Mark of Zorro, a 1974 made for TV movie starring Fran Langella as Zorro.
  • THE TARZAN, LONE RANGER, ZORRO ADVENTURE HOUR/1981, a cartoon anthology series produced by Filmations Studios with segments featuring Zorro (voice of Henry Darrow).
  • ZORRO AND SON/CBS/1983, a spoof of the Zorro legend starred Henry Darrow, as an aging Zorro and Paul Regina, as his son Carlos who discarded the traditional sword for guns, bombs and other modern weapons in defending the pueblos and peasants.
  • THE NEW ZORRO/FAM/1990-93 (filmed in Spain) starred Duncan Regehr with Henry Darrow/Efram Zimbalist, Jr. as Zorro's father, Alejandro. The program aired on The Family Channel.

Movie adaptations of the Zorro character included:

  • The Mark of Zorro (1920) starring Douglas Fairbanks
  • The Mark of Zorro (1940) starring Tyrone Power
  • The Sign of Zorro (1960) starring Guy Williams
  • Zorro and the Three Musketeers (1962) starring Gordon Scott
  • The Gay Blade (1981) starring George Hamilton (in a dual role) as Zorro's gay brother, Bunny Wigglesworth.
  • The Mark of Zorro (1998) starring Antonio Banderas

Duncan Regehr - THE NEW ZORRO

Antonio Banderas - THE LEGEND OF ZORRO

Tyrone Powers as Zorro Duncan Regehr as Zorro Antonio Banderas as Zorro

TRIVIA NOTE: The series QUEEN OF SWORDS/SYN/2000-2001 updated the Zorro legend with a heroine named Maria Theresa "Tessa" Alvarado (Tessie Santiago) who battled a corrupt military dictator in 1817 California.

In the original story "The Curse of Capistrano" written by Johnston McCulley (All Story Weekly Volume 100 No. 2 August 9th, 1919), Zorro slashed the letter "Z" onto the cheeks or flesh of his opponents.



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