Ghost of Zorro

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Ghost of Zorro
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Directed by Fred C. Brannon
Produced by Franklin Adreon
Written by Royal K Cole
William Lively
Sol Shor
Starring Clayton Moore
Pamela Blake
Roy Barcroft
George J. Lewis
Eugene Roth
Music by Stanley Wilson
Cinematography John MacBurnie
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date(s) 24 March 1949 (U.S. serial)[1]
30 June 1959 (U.S. feature)[1]
Running time 12 chapters / 167 minutes (serial)[1]
69 minutes (feature)[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $165,086 (negative cost: $164,895)[1]

Ghost of Zorro (1949) is a Republic Movie serial. It uses substantial stock footage from earlier serials, including Son of Zorro and Daredevils of the West. This movie was shot in Chatsworth, Los Angeles.

Plot[edit]

It's 1865 and the telegraph is heading west. George Crane, wanting to keep law and order out of his territory, is out to stop the construction. One of the main engineers on the job is Ken Mason, the grandson of the original Zorro. As Crane hires his men to stop the work, Mason finds himself in the legendary role his ancestor originated.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Ghost of Zorro was budgeted at $165,086 although the final negative cost was $164,895 (a $191, or 0.1 percent, under-spend).[1]

It was filmed between 11 January and 2 February 1949.[1] The serial's production number was 1702.[1]

Stunts[edit]

  • Tom Steele as Ken Mason/Zorro (doubling Clayton Moore)

Special Effects[edit]

Special effects by the Lydecker brothers.

Release[edit]

Theatrical[edit]

Ghost of Zorro's official release date is 24 March 1949, although this is actually the date the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1]

A 69-minute feature film version, created by editing the serial footage together, was released on 30 June 1959. It was one of fourteen feature films Republic made from their serials.[1]

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. Bandit Territory (20min)
  2. Forged Orders (13min 20s)
  3. Robber's Agent (13min 20s)
  4. Victims of Vengeance (13min 20s)
  5. Gun Trap (13min 20s)
  6. Deadline at Midnight (13min 20s)
  7. Tower of Disaster (13min 20s)
  8. Mob Justice (13min 20s)
  9. Money Lure (13min 20s)
  10. Message of Death (13min 20s) - a re-cap chapter
  11. Runaway Stagecoach (13min 20s)
  12. Trail of Blood (13min 20s)

Source:[1][2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, 110–111. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8. 
  2. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 248–249. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X. 

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Preceded by
Federal Agents vs. Underworld, Inc (1948)
Republic Serial
Ghost of Zorro (1949)
Succeeded by
King of the Rocket Men (1949)
Preceded by
Son of Zorro (1947)
Zorro Serial
Ghost of Zorro (1949)
Succeeded by
none