Starring Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Eugene Palette, Gale Sondergaard
One of the many incarnations of the famed Spanish vigilante, here, matinee idol, Tyrone Power plays Don Diego Vega, the son of a wealthy landowner, who’s been training in Spain for some time when his father writes for him to return to California. Once back in California, Diego is shocked to find it ruled with a heavy hand by the greedy Don Luis Quintero, and his people suffering, as a result. Donning the guise of a masked crusader, Diego fights back against the corrupt officials, while maintaining the appearance of a spoiled, good-for-nothing coward when not in mask. Zorro quickly draws the ire of Quintero’s bodyguard, Captain Esteban (Rathbone), and the love of Quintero’s niece, Lolita (Darnell). Fantastic action-adventure with layers of intrigue, great swordsmanship, and a compelling romance besides it all. Tyrone Power is excellent as both the dashing hero and the callous dandy.