The Mark of Zorro (1974 film)

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The Mark of Zorro
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Written by John Taintor Foote (screenplay)
Brian Taggart (teleplay)
Based on the story The Curse of Capistrano by Johnston McCulley
Directed by Don McDougall
Starring Frank Langella
Ricardo Montalban
Theme music composer Dominic Frontiere
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Rodrick Paul
Robert C. Thompson
Editor(s) William Martin
Cinematography Jack Woolf
Running time 78 minutes
Distributor 20th Century Fox Television
Original network ABC
Original release October 29, 1974 (1974-10-29)

The Mark of Zorro is a 1974 television film and also a backdoor pilot for a television series which ABC-TV declined to pick up. The film used Alfred Newman's musical score for the 1940 film version along with new incidental music composed by Dominic Frontiere.


The plot follows the 1940 version almost scene-for-scene. In the 1840s, the foppish Don Diego Dela Vega returns from Spain to his family in California to find that his father has been replaced as ruler of the area by the cruel ruler Don Luis Quintero. Despite being a skilled swordsman, Diego downplays his skills in front of the evil Captain Esteban and shows himself to be rather a clown in front of his family. However, Diego secretly picks up the sword of justice as Zorro and fights to return justice to the region and his people.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Frank Langella Don Diego Dela Vega / Zorro
Ricardo Montalbán Captain Esteban
Gilbert Roland Don Alejandro Dela Vega
Yvonne De Carlo Isabella Vega
Louise Sorel Inez Quintero
Robert Middleton Don Luis Quintero
Anne Archer Teresa
Jay Hammer Antonio

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